Job for a Cowboy
Genesis


3.0
good

Review

by Aaron USER (7 Reviews)
May 19th, 2008 | 36 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not bad, not bad...

I can’t remember the last time a band was so highly thought of and severely disliked at the same time as JFAC are. Metal elitists refuse to mention their name in the same sentence as death metal unless they're protesting against them, whilst others will argue that they're the next titans of the very same genre. Well after finally getting around to listening to JFAC’s debut album I can say that this is without doubt most definitely death metal. Anyone who says otherwise is clearly deluded.

That’s not to say it’s the best death metal album in recent times or is it in anyway on par with albums such as Cryptopsy’s ‘None So Vile’ or Morbid Angel’s ‘Blessed are the Sick’ but it’s certainly not as bad as so many critics would lead you to believe. I imagine the majority have either based their opinion on word-of-mouth or what they've heard on the bands ‘Doom’ EP. Well, unlike the EP there are no breakdowns in this whatsoever so those of you who are ‘anti-core’ can throw that whiny excuse for not liking the band out of the window. Still, even if JFAC were to use breakdowns, that shouldn’t be a major problem. Plenty of death metal bands use them (perhaps more tastefully) in their music e.g. Suffocation, but you don’t see so many death metal fanatics complaining about that now do you?

Anyway, despite the fact that JFAC have grown out of the deathcore genre they’ve been tagged with throughout their short career, doesn’t make this a record without its flaws. It’s definitely a more mature effort (they’ve decided to remove the pig squeals completely) and the songs flow far better and are more structured than they were on ‘Doom’, but excluding a few standout tracks, this is a considerably average death metal album. ‘Bearing the Serpents Lamb’ is an awesome introduction. Brutal and in-your-face, it kicks off the album in style with some heavy, fast riffage and manic drumming, while ‘Embedded’ contains some really catchy mid-tempo lead work and a solo which is particularly fitting of the song. ‘Coalescing Prophecy’ ends the album on an absolute high with what is the fastest, heaviest song on the album. The last half of the song is what makes it so great, with Elliott Sellers pummelling away and utilising the entirety of his drum kit; the very heavy, rapid, down-tuned riffs and the harsh guttural roars provided by Jonny Davy.

Most of the other songs follow suit to aforementioned combination of heavy and fast, and fundamentally that’s the albums downfall. It’s all just far too similar. Apart from the tracks that are obviously different e.g. the interludes, you can barely differentiate between when each track has ended or started. There are examples where they’ve obviously attempted to diversify their sound ala ‘The Divine Falsehood’, a very doomy, atmospheric song that’s well structured and displays another side of the band. It’s encouraging as it shows they have great potential that they’ll hopefully build on in future releases. It appears they’ve taken a liking to atmospheric interludes as well and decided to throw two of them into the mix but it just feels like they did this to increase the play time of the album, which at around a mere thirty minutes isn’t very long, and to pull your attention away from the fact that this album is repetitive. It doesn’t help that ‘Upheaval’ is just far too long and unnecessary, although ‘Blasphemy’ works as a decent enough build-up to ‘The Divine Falsehood’.

Genesis is a vast improvement for JFAC and definitely a step in the right direction. The vocals are impressive enough, with Jonny Davy switching from death metal roars to shrieks with ease. Instrumentally, they’re technically capable and as they mature further, all aspects of the band, especially their song writing, should improve with their next album. A debut album with a few flaws, but a solid attempt nonetheless. Whether death metal fans will accept this though, is another story.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Thor
May 19th 2008


10198 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Appropriate rating.

The Divine Falsehood is a killer song.

BurlySlayerFan
May 19th 2008


51 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah it's a cool song. Reminds me of an Arch Enemy song I can never remember...

I think the song placements for this album help it big time though. For me the best songs are at the start, middle and end and kinda breaks everything up.



Thor
May 19th 2008


10198 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'd say The Divine Falsehood reminds me of some slower Behemoth songs than anything else.

masscows
May 19th 2008


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This album has like 3 ideas that get recycled and reshaped throughout the whole thing

decent review

UpperDecker
May 19th 2008


255 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album deserves atleast a 3. Its alot better than the crap they made before and there's alot of catchy parts if you listen enough to remember the songs. At first it all sounds the same, but its an alright album. My only problem with it is the length. Its too short and there's 2 filler tracks if I'm not mistaken. Decent/Good album.

foreverendeared
May 19th 2008


14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

me likes.... good review. prepare to be flacked for calling this death metal even though you explained well that it IS death metal.

UpperDecker
May 19th 2008


255 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is deathmetal. I mean its not like most death metal, more closer to deathcore i guess but yea, I'm calling it deathmetal. And I'm prepared to be flacked? Whatever flacked is. This is death metal, and its pretty technical too.

Thor
May 19th 2008


10198 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I don't think this album classifies as deathcore at all.

gasmaskman
May 19th 2008


1006 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's DEFINITELY death metal. Their last one was closer to DM, it's just people hated the little piggy sounds and didn't want to associate it with their "precious" traditional death metal.
Their last one was close to deathcore, I'd say, but it still was more death metal than anything.This Message Edited On 05.19.08

UpperDecker
May 19th 2008


255 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I don't listen to anything with the pig vocals so I didn't get their other one. I really like this though. Bearing The Serpangs Lamb and Embedded are my favorites.

BallsToTheWall
May 19th 2008


44593 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Somebody bought me a shirt although the only song I like from this band is "Entombment of a Machine". Don't really like the band but the art on the shirt is cool, actually I think it was done by the guy from Baroness.

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combustion07
May 19th 2008


5376 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I got that shirt too, I like this band I get alot of shit for it but I don't see what all the fuss is about it.

UpperDecker
May 19th 2008


255 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Its a good album. There should be no fuss.

UpperDecker
May 19th 2008


255 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I meant, you shouldn't get bitched at for liking this band/album. Because its a great album. Just too short.This Message Edited On 05.19.08

masscows
May 19th 2008


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's really bland generic modern death metal with some moments of greatness that aren't enough to stop it from being boring overall.

iamthenightmare
May 19th 2008


754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The last half of the song is what makes it so great, with Elliott Sellers pummelling away and utilising the entirety of his drum kit

Did Elliott record the drums on this album? i could have sworn he quit shortly after Doom. and it just doesnt seem probable that he could go from the drumming level of Doom to this level in such a short time, altough the time between the two maybe longer than i think. This Message Edited On 05.19.08

Pebster49
May 19th 2008


2993 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ya, never would have thought JFAC would be trashed for turning into staright up death metal, I was expecting them to get praise for not going with the scene.

i am the robots
May 20th 2008


1027 Comments


this album was boring as hell

doom was amazing though

they need andy arcurio back on guitar, and johnny needs to bring back the variation

charlesfishowitz
May 20th 2008


1794 Comments


[quote=i am the robots]this album was boring as hell[/quote]

...and yet you rated this a 3.5

rasputin
May 20th 2008


14550 Comments


[quote=i am the robots]this album was boring as hell[/quote]
[quote=i am the robots]Album Rating: 3.5[/quote]

Really great review, pos'd.



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