|Review: Job For A Cowboy - Demonocracy|
Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2012
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: April 29, 2012
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Rated 2.75/5 (55%) (12 Votes)
Hot damn! Since when did Job For a Cowboy stop completely sucking? Shame the name still blows donkey dick, but bloody hell was I surprised when I gave this a listen. I heard these guys years ago and was suitably unimpressed, but the day has come where I can listen to this album and not want to turn it off. Whilst still a slight sterile Job For a Cowboy have put out an album a sight more interesting than some of their wrongly revered technical peers.
These days Job For a Cowboy take their cues from acts such as Behemoth, Hour of Penance and Arsis. There are still some groove type parts to their sound, but they're nothing too inoffensive. In fact this almost adds to their sound, and provides some rather headbangable moments. This is hardly the most amazing release out there, but from a band that used to be pretty shit, in comparison this is awesome. The lead guitar work here is particularly impressive, and the mix is really well done, with the bass guitar firmly brought forth in the mix. As far as sound alone this blows crap like the latest Gorod out of the water... Fuck, did I really just say that?
The riffs are quite well done here, take Obscura at their best, splice in some mid-paced Morbid Angel, and of course some blasting Fleshgod Apocalypse moments and you've got it. "Nourishment Through Bloodshed" sticks out to me as a particularly bad ass cut, certainly reminiscent of Arsis with some thumping riffs and blazing lead guitar work. "Imperium Wolves" also has some cool bass parts in, and some nice half time headbanging moments.
I don't know what it is about this album, but I like it. There are a few niggles, with the vocals being a sore point as the high shrieks are a bit lame, fortunately the low growls are serviceable enough. The album also takes a dip in quality in the latter half and it's not really one I tend to sit all the way through. However the music is fairly happening here, and I'd say technical death metal fans are going to want to check this out, however those with an aversion to modern sounds, and of course the genre can safely give this a firm miss. Not bad!
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