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Album Review

Job for a Cowboy have taken a lot of abuse from undergrounder-than-thou types for selling records to the wrong people. But judged purely as music, without worrying about who's listening to it and why, Ruination, like their last album, Genesis, is a very solid example of modern technical deathcore. Vocalist Jonny Davy has expanded his range somewhat on this album, coming across like a cross between the Black Dahlia Murder's Trevor Strnad (in his rapid-fire switching between low growls and high-pitched shrieks) and Lamb of God's Randy Blythe (in his ability to inject a redneck twang into death metal's usual guttural eruptions). Behind him, the band constructs an intricate scaffolding of downtuned guitar riffs, almost subsonic bass, and obviously triggered but cleanly mixed and concussive drums. While Jon Rice isn't the most amazing drummer in death metal at the moment (some kid on Sumerian Records probably holds that title), he does have a style that somehow manages to mix speed, power, and raw listener abuse with a surprising melodic feel, never getting in the way of the song. Because death metal's guitar riffs are so downtuned and blurry, the drums become extremely important, and Rice and Davy make an excellent two-man team, ably supported by their bandmates. The songs on Ruination seem less disjointed than those on 2007'sGenesis, functioning as fully formed compositions rather than mere collections of riffs. Match that to their general concision — seven of the album's ten tracks come in under the four-minute mark — and you've got an exhilarating album that'll make you want to speed down the highway with the windows open and the top down. Not something one usually hears about a death metal record, but as their extensive touring in support of the last album proved, Job for a Cowboy are all about pleasing their audience. Maybe that's why the screwfaced diehards on death metal message boards hate them so much.

Customer Reviews

from a former hater

I used to hate this band, genesis and doom (though especially doom). I tried to like it...and i do listen to and like deathcore, but doom was pretty soulless, and genesis was a weak attempt to start marketing their music away from scene kids (didn't exactly work either). I, like pretty much everyone else who didn't like doom, thought genesis was better, but a bit too weak, too generic. Had nothing to do with technicality (although i like technicality), but i won't speak for everyone. But this album is pretty good...and after reading the reviews on here, it seems like either a bunch of dudes saying how it's like genesis (hence good), or it's NOT like doom (hence bad). Well it's like neither. It's more strictly death metal (like genesis), but they stripped the generic, overly-down-tuned, immature vibe that genesis had. It is more technical too, which is cool. Check out the single, unfurling, but also lords of chaos and regurgitated disinformation...pretty brutal. I love metal, and trying to like all of it, and finally, jfac did deliver. So those who wish to be stubborn, that's cool, but this album is good, forgetting about scenes, and the doom ep.


Awesome cd. they have gotten alot heavier but still have that genesis sound. definitely worth the purchase if you are a genesis fan or even a long time job fan. there is no pig squealing so dont be expecting it to be in this album. they have grown out of that phase so dont be expecting it ever again... EVER.

Great Album!

This song has great drumming, amazing vocals, guitar riffs and solos are amazing. This is a MUST BUY for true JFAC fans.


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, Arizona 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 stepping in as bassist and drummer, respectively....
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