Donnerstag, 2. Juni 2011

Review - Job For A Cowboy - Gloom EP

Job For A Cowboy – Gloom [EP]


Gloom Cover Artwork

1. Misery Reformatory
2. Plastic Idols
3. Execution Parade
4. Signature for Starving Power

Job For A Cowboy, once involuntarily one of the leaders of the Death-Core-Genre, have become a full-blown Death Metal band since Ruination. Since then I have been really hooked on them. Their turn from an aggressive, brutal high-school band to a politically, critically thinking Death Metal band was, and still is, impressive to me.

There hasn’t been a press release yet, but lurking on JFAC’s facebook, and on YouTube, one could find out, that the band had to deal with some line-up changes. Seems like Bobby Thompson (Guitar) and Brent Riggs (Bass) have left the Job for some reasons.

In order to shorten the time-span between Ruination and the follow-up full-length, and to introduce the new members song-writing-wise into the band, JFAC have now released a little EP entitled Gloom. (a play of words in relation to their famous Doom EP, obviously.)

Gloom features some of JFAC’s fastest songs up to date. Yet, their songs incorporate dynamics. The band slows down the tempo from time to time, and that’s when they sound best to me. („Plastic Idols“) Jonny Davy’s vocals combined with the mean riffing is just what Death Metal is about. The guitar solos should be mentioned as well. They aren’t just technical wankery, as they fit into the songs really well and add a certain touch to them.

Jason Suecof produced this fine piece of modern death metal. He did a great job. The drums, which play an important role in the songs (kudos to Jon „The Charn“ Rice!) are never too dominant, the guitars are simply ass-kicking, and the bass is audible throughout the songs.

Job For A Cowboy continue their path of trying to get rid of any little aspect of their „Deathcore“-roots, and they do it well again. If their full-length album sounds anything like this, it’s a must-have for every fan of Misery Index, Morbid Angel and modern death metal fans.

Live footage of "Signature for Starving Power"

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