Job for a Cowboy
Sun Eater


4.0
excellent

Review

by Gameofmetal EMERITUS
November 6th, 2014 | 184 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A new sun is rising.

Job For A Cowboy are not the same band they were in 2005. The Arizona death metal outfit’s opening punch into the scene with the Doom EP made a veritable splash in extreme music, for better or worse. Being one of the biggest names in the emerging deathcore scene made them a household name, but after that the splashes caused by each consecutive release seemed to be smaller and smaller, made more noticeable by the small pond they originated in becoming something more akin to a rather expansive ocean of talent. Genesis and Ruination kept kids interested for the most part, but the shedding of deathcore traits in favor of technical death metal features overtime picked and prodded at the band’s popularity level. The later Gloom EP and Demonocracy LP took this to extremes and, combined with some lineup changes, the band seemed to fall out of the spotlight. 2014 brings Job For A Cowboy’s fourth record, Sun Eater, and that steady streak of decline that the band has been practicing for almost a decade now has finally and substantially dissipated.

Opening track “Eating The Visions Of God” utterly shatters all expectations one might have had for Sun Eater. In many ways it is the most alien thing ever done by JFAC, but an ardent listener could point out the seeds first laid by the closing track of 2012’s Demonocracy, “Tarnished Gluttony”. The song is slower than the band’s norm, yet the guitar riffs and drums are still dark and abrasive enough that none of the band’s extreme tendencies are lost. There is a distinct sense that the band is flirting with doom metal to a degree, something only hinted at in the past. The result is a doomy, apocalyptic, and extreme piece of metal that kicks off the album with a bang.

Job For A Cowboy have always been a pretty technically gifted band, especially by deathcore standards, but where that used to work to their detriment, resulting in unmemorable songs, here they have managed to rein it in fantastically. Thrashers like “The Stone Cross” and “A Global Shift” are great examples of JFAC balancing crushing technicality and stronger songwriting. “The Celestial Antidote” might even open with the heaviest moment of the band’s discography to date. Many of the more expansive cuts contain sections so far outside JFAC’s norm that they seem almost progressive in nature. The band has not only learned to write songs more cohesively, but also to write them across longer track lengths. Many of the songs stretch to six minutes or more, but rarely do they feel slow or boring. Sun Eater runs at a fairly tidy forty seven minutes, although it does seem to drag just a tad near the end. Cutting no more than a handful of minutes likely wouldn’t have hurt too much.

Instrumentally, the band is nothing less than impressive. The guitars are razor sharp and vicious, running through a variety of crushing riffs. The solos are quite common and well executed. The harmonized lick in the intro to “Buried Monuments” is almost akin to melodic death metal, although this is a rare example of utilized melody that isn’t haunting or foreboding in nature. The drum work is extremely varied and fluid. Fills abound and the always necessary blast beats seem inhumanly executed, in a great way. Vocalist Jonny Davy is an absolute monster behind the mic, with some of the most consistently powerful growls and impossibly high screams found in the genre. His delivery is rather frantic, yet flows with the music with perfect ease. The only downfall of his performance is that he might be one of the most unintelligible vocalists I’ve ever heard. Without a lyric sheet before me, I’ll never be able to pick up any of his lines. Without a doubt, the most standout member of the band is bassist, Nick Schendzielos. In an era of modern metal where the bass is often lost in the frequencies, hearing one that is impossible not to hear at all times is so very refreshing. His playing is fluid and keeps up with the guitars perfectly. In a way, it even outshines the guitars, something almost unheard of in this guitar dominated genre.

The biggest downfall of the album, sadly, is that despite the experimentation found here, it still feels a little too samey across the full length. When compared to past record’s tendencies to be completely forgettable, and the general increase in quality songwriting however, the feeling is mostly negated and this record still stands as a triumph. Job For A Cowboy have knocked down the gates holding them back with one massive kick, and with the release of Sun Eater the band should be on an upward path. It is a new era for Job For A Cowboy and an impossibly bright one at that.



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Gameofmetal
Emeritus
November 6th 2014


10662 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

http://metalblade.com/jobforacowboy/



Stream for anyone unfamiliar. Feedback always appreciated. Sick album.

Gameofmetal
Emeritus
November 6th 2014


10662 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Like it or not, but these guys were definitely kings of the pack when deathcore started.

cloakanddagger
November 6th 2014


352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Pretty much exactly how I felt about this album, this band has come a long way since their debut and they've improved immensely. Have a pos.

Gameofmetal
Emeritus
November 6th 2014


10662 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thanks bro

betray
November 6th 2014


9392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review.



This album rules so hard. Very happy this band finally found their sound.

Gameofmetal
Emeritus
November 6th 2014


10662 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This band really should get more credit for actually changing their sound continuously over their career.....even if it didn't work that well usually.

Skoj
November 6th 2014


1819 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this record is surprisingly excellent. good review.

DarkSideOfLucca
November 6th 2014


14872 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album fucking rules so hard, nice review!

MotokoKusanagi
November 6th 2014


2384 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good album

Gameofmetal
Emeritus
November 6th 2014


10662 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thanks for the kind words ya'll!

MO
November 6th 2014


22770 Comments


it's a 3

Nocturnalize
November 6th 2014


2463 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is amazing. They still haven't topped doom but their getting closer for sure.

Gameofmetal
Emeritus
November 6th 2014


10662 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

"obvs everyone digs butt will I 2.5 this or will this shock me beyond reason and 4.5?"



idk you seem a little stricter with your ratings that some people. I always liked the band to an extent, but their best has only ever reached a 3.5 for me until now. The hype might be slightly exaggerated but it's still a sweet album

tempest--
November 6th 2014


20633 Comments


Lvcifyre >

Gameofmetal
Emeritus
November 6th 2014


10662 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Sounds trve

Gameofmetal
Emeritus
November 6th 2014


10662 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Dude come on

Gameofmetal
Emeritus
November 6th 2014


10662 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

They same genre or totally different?



Should I check them?

tempest--
November 6th 2014


20633 Comments


well... death metal but that ain't no mallcore shiet

Gameofmetal
Emeritus
November 6th 2014


10662 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I'll look em up. Although JFAC is hardly mallcore anymore, in sound and also just the fact that their popularity has waned so much.

Gameofmetal
Emeritus
November 6th 2014


10662 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Cap Doom is the only thing they've done that is really deathcore. Idk if you would like it. The only other full length I would return to is Ruination but it still suffers from sameness and lack of memorability.



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