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After an initial demo, Job for a Cowboy's first proper release catapulted the Arizona band to unimaginable heights. It's likely no other metal band has gone as viral as quickly. Job for a Cowboy did so through technology — MySpace, where the band amassed millions of profile views, and YouTube, where a fan cleverly mashed up "Knee Deep" with clips from SpongeBob SquarePants. Whether the band deserved such attention is debatable. Doom is competent, but trades in sounds, not songs, and is ultimately forgettable. A throwaway cinematic intro leads to a barrage of blastbeats, serviceable death metal riffs, and hardcore punk breakdowns — an amalgamation now commonly called "deathcore." Jonny Davy's vocals alternate between grating mid-range yells and absurdly low growls; the latter are often dubbed "pig squeals," or, onomatopoeically, "brees." Almost overnight, hordes of MySpace copycats sprang up, even lifting the band's logo font. This is where it all started — or ended, depending on your perspective.

Biography

Formed: 2002 in Glendale, AZ

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Unleashing a relentless fusion of hardcore and death metal with the precision guitar attack of progressive metal, Job for a Cowboy was formed in Glendale, AZ, in 2002. The group was founded by vocalist Jonny Davy, guitarists Ravi Bhadriraju and Andrew Arcurio, bassist Chad Staples, and drummer Andy Rysdam, and the band cut their first demo CD in 2004. Later that year, Staples and Rysdam left Job for a Cowboy, with Brent Riggs and Elliott Sellers respectively stepping in as bassist and drummer. In...
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