Job For A Cowboy
For many years now, Job For A Cowboy has been somewhat of a whipping post for me. From their start, they were a metalcore band that wanted to be a death metal band, but were seemingly afraid to take it all the way over the edge and become just that. Their album GENESIS was kind of laughable to be honest; a collection of songs from a band that wasn't sure if they wanted to hop on the trend or have integrity. Their followup, RUINATION was a step in the right direction, but still featured a bit too much of that deathcore spirit for my taste. Somewhere along the way though, Job For A Cowboy must have heard from guys like me that wanted them to become a full fledged death metal band and stop messing around with trendy gimmicks. DEMONOCRACY is just what the doctor always ordered from them - full on brilliant death metal.
To say the very least, there is NOTHING here that's going to lead you to think this is the same deathcore band from the previous two releases. From the very beginning, something is very different here. "Children of Deceit" is just a pummelling opener. It leads to the best track on the disc and arguably the best death metal song of the last year, the sledgehammer to the jaw rocker known as "Nourishment Through Bloodshed". What a steamroller of a track! Without question, DEMONOCRACY has been heavily influenced by new bassist Nick Schendzielos (formerly of Cephalic Carnage) and guitarist Tony Sannicandro. The sound, and more to the point the whole direction of the band, is just more brutal and punishing than anything in their past. Songs like "Fear Monger" come at you 500 miles an hour and pack the punch of a strung out Mike Tyson on a meth binge hitting an infant. Vocalist Johnny Davy has brought his A Game to the table for DEMONOCRACY as well. As death metal goes, he's all over the map stylistically and it's brilliant to hear. His vocals here are a large part death metal, but have all sorts of black metal screams mixed in to add that extra dose of evil to songs like "Tongueless And Bound". In short, the material here on DEMONOCRACY is simply brilliant.
PITRIFF RATING - 98/100 - I know I've ripped on them in the past because I personally hate deathcore posers more than about any other trend jumping class of metallers, but I have to say that Job For A Cowboy have really transformed into a brilliant death metal act. At least for DEMONOCRACY, they are about as good as death metal can possibly be. Without question, this album is their zenith. It is going to be fun to see if they can maintain this level of excellence. This is as good a death metal album as I've heard in awhile.