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Cattle Decapitation have announced on Facebook that they are quitting the Autumn Apocalypse Tour, reportedly because Six Feet Under frontman Chris Barnes punched Cattle Decapitation singer Travis Ryan.

According to Ryan's post, “Chris Barnes is a f*cking hack. I've personally passed on at least 5 six feet tours over the last 8 or so years because he pulls so much nonsense on the support bands because his ego is astronomical. We're leaving the Chris Barnes Show tour today. Go to the Chris Barnes show and buy some of their merch. They need it desperately.”

Ryan later elaborated in his FBook comments section. "He [Barnes] couldn't handle the fact that we were destroying him nightly on merch and talked sh*t about us on stage last night. I went to confront him about that and he sucker punched me as I was talking. He immediately ran out the door and fled to his bus like he does every night when the two fans that are left for their show are trying to get him to sign something."

"We're leaving because we have no interest in bringing more people to the Chris Barnes show. There was no 'fight.' He punched me, ran away and a few people saw it. I just walked out told his tour manager the deal, wrapped up the merch and left."

Another comment from Ryan: “Here's how Chris Barnes works: punches. Runs. Does the Rocky dance like he's a badass on his tour bus he's about to not f*ckin afford.”

Chris Barnes (who was an early member of Cannibal Corpse) posted on Twitter via Chris Barnes @sixfeetofficial, choosing to open with a comment about Cattle Decapitation being vegetarians: “If you eat tofu you'll get you're ass kicked in a fight. #knocked out.”

That tweet was followed by Barnes saying “Bottom line if you break into someone's back stage start calling them names and get in someone's face what do u think will happen?”

And then a third tweet: “Oh and Btw it WAS NOT a sucker punch. I didn't even throw a punch."

A press release for Cattle Decapitation says the band “brings forth the ideas of vegetarianism with the utmost brutal approach in expression, both musically and imagery. [Their] sound will bring elements of older death/grind, inbred with utterly impossible low vocals, while being stabbed by immense drumming.” The group is known for wearing masks made of beef jerky onstage, an apparent statement regarding the trivialization of animal remains for human consumption.

  The group originally formed as a member-swapping side project of The Locust (drummer Dave Astor founded the Locust, and former Cattle Decapitation guitarist Gabe Serbian played drums in the band).

Album cover Their remastered Human Jerky CD is enhanced with bonus CD-Rom-type content playable on any computer, such as live footage from the jerky mask shows, downloadable desktops, and a link to the band’s website.

Song titles on the CD include “Colon Blo,” “Constipation Camp,” “Roadkill Removal Technician,” and “Parasitic Infestation (Extracted Pus Mistaken for Yogurt, and Gargled).”

Album cover 2004’s Humanure album was banned in many retail outlets due to the cover illustration of a cow excreting human remains. The band’s experimental leaning on this record reared its head in the form of a ten-minute-long track constructed almost entirely of slaughterhouse field recordings. Then, the band was signed to big-time Metal Blade records, home of Mercyful Fate and King Diamond.

  Says Cattle vocalist Travis Ryan, “Being on Metal Blade Records allows us to reach a higher level of exposure and ability to play in places and in front of crowds that we wouldn’t normally be able to, and that is something we need right now.”

  The group’s debut for Metal Blade, To Serve Man was named after a classic episode of The Twilight Zone TV series wherein nine-foot tall alien Kanamits utilize an intergalactic cookbook to make lunchmeat out of human beings.

Album cover Between more tours, Cattle Decapitation recorded 2005’s split 7 inch shared with the canine-fronted grindcore oddity Caninus. This material saw a return-to-form in terms of song lengths but introduced an increasingly diverse range of extreme metal.

Album cover This laid the framework for 2006’s full-length Karma.Bloody.Karma. In Ryan’s words at the time, “This will be the most nihilistic, pessimistic and hateful record we’ve ever done lyrically. Musically, imagine the Caninus split material, just longer in every way.”

The CD was produced by Billy Anderson (Swans, Mr. Bungle) and features guest appearances by Joey Karam (The Locust) and John Wiese (Bastard Noise).

In Autumn 2010, the band headlined the California Blood Tour with fellow locals Burning the Masses, along with Devourment, Knights of the Abyss, and Son of Aurelius. The following year, they headlined the second annual Slaughter By The Water festival, held June 25, 2011, at Craneway Pavilion in San Francisco.

In January 2012, they debuted new songs from their upcoming full-length Monolith of Inhumanity during January shows in Phoenix, Albuquerque, and Denver. That March, they played the UK and Europe with the Reborn of Death tour, featuring Cerebral Bore, Suffocation, Hate, Blood Red Throne, and Sephirah.

Monolith of Inhumanity was released just before summer 2012. Around the same time, they got a sideways nod on Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse cartoon about death metal band DethKlok, who drop by a Cattle Decapitation Pet Supply store.

The band most recently toured Europe with Suffocation, Blood Red Throne, Hate, and Cerebral Bore.

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Jay Allen Sanford Nov. 7, 2012 @ 5:17 p.m.

Jeez, first Scott Russo (Unwritten Law) gets punched out, then lil' Glenn Danzig gets dropped by a single chin whack, and now Travis Ryan?! It just ain't safe to be in a metal band any more, even when you're a bunch of vegetarians like these guys...


Jay Allen Sanford Nov. 9, 2012 @ 6:21 p.m.

Travis Ryan posted this lengthy rundown on Facebook, covering his version of events:

"Over the last 8 or so years, we've been asked many times to do a Six Feet Under tour. Because of all the horror stories we heard about Chris Barnes from friends who toured with him, we just were never interested in taking part of that. Recently when we agreed to do the tour, it was only on the basis that we didnt have any merch restrictions. No price matching, no limits on designs. Because of the Shockwave tour we were forced to miss, we were fully stocked and had a ton of stuff and now have a huge bill for it. After the first night of the tour, Chris freaked out because of all the merch we had. They tried limiting our designs, but we had in many emails to and from booking agents and documents, that there were to be no merch restrictions. Period. After a bunch of back and forth with their tour manager, the label and between ourselves, we finally agreed to do 4 designs in hopes to just eliminate any drama. We have minded our own business with limited drama ever since. Well, according to our merch guy we did better than them again and this is where it gets lame."

"Since Chris mostly hides in his tour bus, they set up a meet and greet at their merch booth, we figure to help generate merch sales. Chris came in and did it right as we hit the stage. Fine, do what you need to do dude. Twice while they were on stage Chris made some typical veggie wisecracks, one was a commentary on the crowd walkout, and one was just dumb and it was apparent to all of us standing there that they were jabs against us, the band following his ass, supporting his band nightly. Ridiculous. So, i confronted him after he left the stage about it. Just words (I will admit i was speaking loudly and with an amount of anger and cursing), just asking if that was really necessary to do to his support band but according to some "industry" peeps that know him well, nobody stands up to barnes. He basically just says "well then how about just having some respect then?", I assume because he's Chris Barnes from Cannibal Corpse or something, that he felt he deserved a mountain of respect and that i should just lay down and take it."

"I proceed to explain that he lost my respect years ago simply from the kinds of things he did to our friends' bands just trying to tour and SUPPORT his band and the way he treats his fans first and foremost. THESE actions over the years have forced me to see him as unrespectable, even with those first 3 bad ass CC albums under his belt. He got up off the sofa, approaches me, hit the side edge of my jaw right in the middle of my words and i spilled my beer all over their drum tech (sorry Dave). He immediately quickly left the scene and out to his bus. In fact, he was in motion on his way out as he hit me. The only people in the room as far as i could tell was his band members and/or road crew."


Jay Allen Sanford Nov. 9, 2012 @ 6:21 p.m.

"I get it. Hes got a big bus to pay for, roadies (one even told one of us he was Chris' bodyguard?), the rest of the band, the whole nine yards. Sorry someone didnt have the foresight to properly order merch, but thats got nothing to do with us. We NEVER wanted to do a tour with Chris Barnes/SFU. We just wanted to get back out and play for our fans who missed us on the previously cancelled tour and this was the only thing around. People kept telling us "Chris really wants you guys" and thats cool and all, we just didnt see it being a tour that we needed to be on, but like i said."

"It was something to do and we felt we needed to get in front of our fans asap. Since the final stipulation was we were told there were no merch restrictions, we OK'd it. How Chris Barnes didnt get that memo has nothing to do with us. We budged against our personal wishes and we still sold more merch and there were some walkouts. We dont control the fans of any band and what they decide to do with their money and time."

"I made it clear to their camp that i have to watch out for our band and they totally understood that we were right, since after all it was all in writing. Im not totally innocent, i went in there and called him out to his face, but from across the room (not literally in his face). I was pissed and just didnt give a shit anymore. I woke up pissed that we now have to figure something else out and i ranted about it on my personal facebook (which was screen shot and then posted on every metal site there is) and now im hearing that Barnes deleted his bragging tweet from last night and is now saying he didnt even hit me? Haha… Its a weird world we live in for sure."

"Point blank, i believe the fact that Chris would never have agreed to no merch restrictions and thats fine. We never would have done the tour if there were and here we are. In the exact same scenario we saw coming over many, many years but since we took people on their word (and had it in writing), we took the tour."

"Let it be known that i did not call the cops, file a police report or press charges even though management and literally everyone else around me was telling me i should. But that would just be lame."

"At the end of the day, i was only looking out for US = my friends – our band. Even if it meant standing up to a dude i once had a lot of respect for and are on the same label as. Im a filter for 4 dudes as this band is a democracy and we all know what went down and watched this unfold. We are all on the same page."


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