Texas Slaughter

Gas Monkey Live! Presents

Texas Slaughter

Born Of Osiris, Cattle Decapitation, Carnifex, The Faceless, Bad Omens, Rivers Of Nihil, Spite, Nekrogoblikon, Lorna Shore, Kingdom Of Giants, Brand Of Sacrifice, + Headbang For The Highway Winner

Fri Aug 9

Doors: 2:00 pm / Show: 2:30 pm

Gas Monkey Live!

$10.00 - $600.00

This event is all ages

$10 Early Bird Tickets avaliable 5/16 (limited quantities available)

$25 Advanced / $30 Day Of Show / $45 Premier Red Room / $200 Premier Tables / $600 Premier Cabanas 

The Summer Slaughter Tour
Born Of Osiris
Born Of Osiris
Cattle Decapitation
Cattle Decapitation
You don't name your band Cattle Decapitation if you're looking to subtly insinuate your way into the consciousness of the masses. Equally, unleashing some of the most intense, horrifying, and extreme metal known to mankind will not ingratiate you with those of a sensitive nature, for the San Diegan's boundary-pushing music is designed to turn heads and snap necks, and not necessarily in that order. Returning with their seventh full-length, the devastating Monolith Of Inhumanity, the band have never sounded more focused, more aggressive, or more determined to get in the faces of those who erroneously believe they have already experienced the band at their extreme best. "One of the main things this band has done since the very beginning was to try to break tradition and break the mold of what's acceptable, in any given genre we're working in," states vocalist Travis Ryan. "I'm really happy that with this record we've been able to successfully push those boundaries further than we ever have, and without going into the 'suck' realm or sounding contrived. We've gone so far out on a limb on this one, and I'm just ecstatic that we've pulled off what we were trying to achieve."

This achievement stands as one of the most volatile, ambitious, and impossible to aptly categorize records you will hear in 2012. Dragging their ever-evolving deathgrind sound kicking and screaming into the epic territory inhabited by the likes of Dimmu Borgir and Anaal Nathrakh, the quartet redefine all perceptions of what Cattle Decapitation is. "The mindset of this band has always been abrasive and balls to the wall, and like a car accident where there's no fucking stopping it. Throwing melodic vocals or guitar work – or dare we say catchy elements – into that is tantalizing," says Ryan. That such elements have been woven sparingly into their turbulent racket does not mean the band have in any way diminished the sheer visceral impact they are known for. "There can be hooks and catchiness without compromising what the band – or any individual in the band – is all about," asserts guitarist Josh Elmore. "Having these elements at our disposal is just another tool with which we can build the best songs that we can. It was great also having input from Derek (Engemann, bass, who makes his writing and recording debut with this album), who added some new dynamics to some of the songs. We also spent a lot of time thinking about structure on this record, wanting every moment to count, no matter what the tone of it was." After one exposure to Monolith Of Inhumanity it's evident that these more melodic elements truly enhance the power of the tracks, and make for a more diverse and involving collection. On "A Living, Breathing Piece Of Defecating Meat" the band unleash a chorus

that manages to be hideous and infectious at the same time, while the towering "Your Disposal" and "Lifestalker" wield sweeping, dramatic sections tinged with apocalyptic fury, which are all the more gripping for the inclusion of Ryan's melodic shrieking. "I was waiting for the guys to write parts I could use that kind of melody on, and as soon as they played me "Your Disposal" I dropped the song I was working on and just went for it," enthuses Ryan. "This is the first record where I really listened to what the fans were saying they wanted, and many of them wanted a lot more of those weird, epic, melodic parts that crept into The Harvest Floor (2009), and I'm like okay, done, because luckily I agree with you this time!"

As with all of the band's releases, Monolith Of Inhumanity revolves around a central concept, building upon Ryan's potent distaste for contemporary civilization and the damage wrought in the name of progress. "Whereas The Harvest Floor focused on sort of rounding up the populace and getting rid of them, this record is about what would happen had we let them go. It's about where humanity will end up if it continues the course it's on," the vocalist explains. This concept, inspired in part by 2001: A Space Odyssey, is once again captured in the cover art by longtime collaborator Wes Benscoter, depicting a bleak apocalyptic future and the regression of mankind into apes. "The monolith really represents technology, and the cover's this trash heap with the monolith atop it and humans scavenging all around it, because that's all they're able to do any more. It's where we're headed on the course we're on, and yeah, a lot of kids will say that's a really negative, shitty attitude to have, but is it not correct?"

In realizing the record, the quartet – rounded out by drummer Dave McGraw – travelled to Denver, Colorado to collaborate with producer Dave Otero (Allegaeon, Cephalic Carnage). "Dave brought really good performances out of everybody, and he gave the record a lot of clarity while the heaviness is still there," states Elmore, though it was the producer's suggestions on how to better flesh out the songs that made the most profound difference in the guitarist's eyes. "The guy really knows what he's doing. I do a lot of layering after the basic rhythm track, and if I came to a point where I wasn't sure about something someone would always pipe up and say you realize everything Dave has suggested so far has worked? Try it!" he laughs. That the record is as accomplished as it is also belies the fact that the schedules of the members made it difficult for them to focus on writing it over the year they had allotted. "As it turns out we work really well under pressure," Ryan says with a wry smile. "But we were all so busy it's literally a wonder that we got it done at all in that year, let alone what we came out with. It makes me feel like we're capable of anything, and that's really a new development."

The visual aspect of their output having always been important to them, the band are enthused to have the album released as a gatefold vinyl, and to have Tom Bunk, creator of The Garbage Pail Kids collectors cards from the 1980s, design cards for the individual members of the band, which will be available with pre-orders. "Collecting those cards was one of my favorite things when I was a kid, and our friend and ex-manager is a complete nerd about it and has known Tom Bunk for years, and put us in touch with him. This is an older guy that doesn't have to be fucking around with some deathgrind band who isn't going to push him to new heights, but he thought it sounded like a fun project and he was very cool about everything. It still hasn't really hit me that we quite literally have our own Garbage Pail Kid cards!" Ryan grins. "The funny thing is that it also inadvertently ties right into the theme of the record, which has so much focus on garbage and waste. It didn't even occur to me until months later, but that's the beauty of this band, things happen for a reason. For instance, for the first time, going into this record I didn't have the whole concept worked out in my head. Usually I have it in mind as much as a few years before we get around to making the record, and I need that, it has to make sense to me or it's just not going to work. I was so scared it just wasn't going to come, but one day it literally just hit me. The title, the concept, the cover, all of it, and suddenly everything fell into place, and now it's done I think this is the first time we've all been one hundred percent proud of what we've created – and for good reason."
Carnifex
Carnifex
For more than 25 years, Death Metal has been the most maniacal and vicious form of rock. Covering the obscene and praising the perverse, extreme Death Metal still reigns as the driving force that continues to devour all other forms of hard rock. As each year passes in this brutal movement it becomes increasingly difficult to find suitable leaders to carry the torch and continue to entice and surprise an audience that certainly isn't shocked by much, and is definitely impressed by little. That search has ended.

Allow us to introduce CARNIFEX.

Derived from the Old English word for "executioner," their moniker could not be more appropriate. It's a word that reeks of death and destruction from the Dark Ages to describe a fierce, dark death metal band. It's hard to imagine that San Diego - known for its white sand beaches, endless sunny days and astronomical real estate, is also home to the brutal beat down that is CARNIFEX.

In 2005, vocalist Scott Lewis had a chance meeting with like-minded, gifted drummer Shawn Cameron. Having both played in a countless number of bands over the years that just didn't "seem to fit," the connection between the two was felt instantly. Together, they began a search to fill the musical void that had existed in each of their lives. They quickly formed a group and hit the road. And CARNIFEX, being the serious-minded musicians that they are, hit the road hard. Refusing to be another "here today, gone tomorrow" trend, CARNIFEX let nothing stop them from perfecting their live show, touring relentlessly and writing brainsick, yet intelligent, songs. Having endured everything from tour cancellations, van breakdowns and inevitable line-up changes, that "magical fit" was solidified by the end of 2007. Scott and Shawn were joined by the intensity of guitarists Cory Arford and Ryan Gudmunds. Bassist Fred Calderon rounded out the furious fivesome.

The non-stop touring and methodical songwriting eventually resulted in CARNIFEX selling over 5,000 copies of their first full-length album, Dead in My Arms, with little publicity. Not surprisingly, industry types started to notice; however, none as quickly as Victory Records. The men of CARNIFEX were welcomed to the Victory family almost immediately after they showcased their brilliance to the staff in November 2007. Having spent a lot of time writing during the previous year, CARNIFEX was primed to get into the studio to begin the current masterpiece that is The Diseased and the Poisoned. Zeuss (Unearth, Shadows Fall, Hatebreed) at Planet Z Studios was a natural choice for the band as producer, and they entered the studio rapidly and intently.

CARNIFEX is something musically unique. But what really makes CARNIFEX stand out from the throngs of other hard rock acts currently scouring the planet is their savage live show. Their declaration to make every night an "experience" for fans rather than just a "show" has proven to be perhaps the most appreciated trait of the band among fans. But you can keep your pyrotechnics and other special effects at home…CARNIFEX relies solely on the power of their music. "Every night, we strive to play extremely tight. Sometimes is can be difficult to make such an intense show so interactive, but we make sure that everyone is getting involved," says Lewis.

On June 24th, CARNIFEX will proudly deliver their ferocious new album to the metal masses. Intriguing and armed to the teeth with an arsenal of blast beats, machine gun riffs and vocals exorcised from the deepest pits of hell, The Diseased and the Poisoned is the soundtrack to your worst nightmare. CARNIFEX is ready to steal your soul.
The Faceless
The Faceless
Progressive / technical death metal band from US.
Active since 2004.
Bad Omens
Bad Omens
Previously known as "Man Vs Self", Bad Omens changed their name when they signed to Sumerian Records in 2015. Having already amassed a huge social media following, they toured with the likes of Born of Osiris, Asking Alexandria, Veil of Maya, After The Burial and Erra. Bad Omens self titled debut album was released on August 19th, 2016.
Rivers Of Nihil
Rivers Of Nihil
Death metal band from Reading, Pennsylvania, US.
Formed in 2009.
Nekrogoblikon
Nekrogoblikon
From Los Angeles, California.
Lorna Shore
Lorna Shore
Lorna Shore-
A four piece metal band reigning from the beautiful state of New Jersey.
Kingdom Of Giants
Kingdom Of Giants
Brand Of Sacrifice
Brand Of Sacrifice
Brutal Death Metal/Hardcore from Toronto/Manhattan featuring members of The Afterimage & Ascariasis.
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