Job for a Cowboy
Ruination


3.5
great

Review

by TBliss USER (33 Reviews)
May 17th, 2010 | 20 replies | 3,443 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A handful stand out moments cannot quite save a run-of-the-mill Death Metal affair.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

No matter what your judgement of Job For A Cowboy, there is certainly no denying their impact on the heavy music scene, both in the US and on the Continent. Once poster boys for the deathcore explosion of the mid noughties, the band attempted to shed their roots on debut full length Genesis by opting for a unadulterated death metal approach, aspiring to sit along their idols such as Cannibal Corpse and Deicide in an endeavour to achieve long term integrity and not remain at the forefront of a, for the most part, artistically redundant genre.
Does the fact that post this evolution Job For A Cowboy remain as popular ever display a simple admiration for their talent from death metal fans, or does it only betray the remnants of their status as just a trendy band to be seen as a fan of?

It is my opinion that on sophomore release Ruination, JFAC have shown themselves as a more than capable outfit. There is a marked improvement in musicianship, as the songs rattle along with a new found technical flair. Opener ‘Unfurling A Darkened Gospel’ begins with a neat little drum fill before the guitars hurl themselves through the speakers with a riff that twists and turns with a chaotic abandon before settling into a Decapitated-esque groove. As the first track on the album, it’s a fantastic statement of objective, and defines all that the band can do right, flaunting a capability that comes from a knowledge and understanding of their peers.

From here on, there are a number of highlights. The traditional clamour of ‘Summon The Hounds’ and Jonny Davy’s monstrous vocal work on ‘Butchering The Enlightened’ are executed with a colossal intensity, whilst songs such as ‘Constitutional Masturbation’ and the title track show the benefit of decelerating the delivery and introducing some sluggish, doomy guitar work which is a welcome change of pace.

The problem with Ruination is that these moments are too few and far between. The fact that the album contains some truly impressive instrumental performances (John ‘Charn’ Rice presents some proficient drum work, moving around his kit with skill and intensiveness, and turning in the most remarkable contribution to the disc) unfortunately does not equate to an increased number of stellar songs, and for the most part, the album is a torrent of tightly accomplished, yet instantly forgettable death metal.

It certainly takes courage to abandon the genre that made your name starting out, especially when entering the realm of death metal where it is extremely difficult to convince fans of your conviction and sincerity. But Job For A Cowboy has demonstrated on Ruination how they are qualified and accomplished enough to make decent and significant extreme music, yet they still lack the consistency required to obtain the standard reached by their peers, and to be seen as a noteworthy outfit.



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Job for a Cowbpy changes styles YET AGAIN, but still sound pretty awesome, all things considered....

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Comments:Add a Comment 
ShadowRemains
May 17th 2010



20479 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

good review, but very meh album

TBliss
May 17th 2010



987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cheers man.

ShadowRemains
May 17th 2010



20479 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

they have gotten better since Doom and Genesis, though, getting rid of the shrieks played a major part of that

Bitchfork
May 17th 2010



7584 Comments


never capitalize genre titles. most people consider them a branch of music, like an adjective, than an actually genre, or a noun.

TBliss
May 17th 2010



987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, I think they still have their best work to come. Definatley masses of potential imo.

TBliss
May 17th 2010



987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks Bitchfork, I'll change that.

Nikkolae
May 18th 2010



4823 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Davy is beast

^123, everytime i listen to this i still think im listening to trevor strnad

Digging: Clipping - CLPPNG

Ulsufyring
May 18th 2010



1724 Comments


these guys are super nice and put on a good show

and one of their guitarists likes agalloch so that's good enough for me

NeutralThunder12
May 18th 2010



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

band sucks dick. Pretty good review bro.

TBliss
May 18th 2010



987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks alot dude.

NeutralThunder12
May 18th 2010



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

no prob. Lets see some more reivews from you, try reviewing like... maybe another genre, I wanna see your take on other things.

TBliss
May 18th 2010



987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dont worry man, Im working on it :D

bloozclooz
May 18th 2010



1770 Comments


3.5 is way too high. More like 2.5. Even said yourself it was run of the mill

Dryden
May 18th 2010



12928 Comments


this isnt even average its worse then that

TBliss
May 18th 2010



987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I said alot of it was run of the mill. I also said their are some fantastic highlights which I detailed, and imo the muscianship and the great ideas that are briefly present here lift it too way beyond a 2.5.

bloozclooz
May 18th 2010



1770 Comments


hmm. well i have lots of album that i love at a 3.5, but i guess it's your prerogative.

Think Suffocation mixed with early Cryptopsy, and a dash of Beneath the Massacre.


Yeahtoast
May 19th 2010



2041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review dude, quite liked this album.

TBliss
May 19th 2010



987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cool man, I'll be checking them out at Download in a few weeks, seen them once on the mainstage at Donington, it didnt go down too well. Think they'll be far more suited to the third stage.

Happymonkey13
September 26th 2010



1 Comments


Job For A Cowboy held my attention for one complete spin. Now I'm over it.

Awesome album artwork though.

Asiatic667
September 26th 2010



4648 Comments


Awesome album artwork though.


That mascot they have rules



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