Cattle Decapitation isn’t known for its subtlety. The San Diego band is brutally graphic in its support of animal rights; its album covers have ranged from depictions of rotten flesh (1999’s Human Jerky) to shit-covered human remains (2004’s Humanure). The music is pretty harsh, too. What began as a Locust side project—several lineup changes have incrementally expelled all original ties to Locust—has turned into a full-time band that’s gone from rapid-fire grindcore to a heavier, more cohesive merger of grind and death metal. 2009’s The Harvest Floor was a furiously complex release that retained much of Cattle Decapitation’s earlier energy combined with even more technical prowess. The brand-new Monolith Of Humanity hit stores in May 2012.