Probably one of the most controversial bands to arrive on the Metal scene in this generation, JOB FOR A COWBOY have risen quickly in the Metal world to be one of the most recognized names for young bands. And oddly enough they did it through very unconventional means – MySpace. But it’s not even that they are an ‘internet’ band that makes them controversial. It’s their debut EP, “Doom” that was given credit as one of the big releases to trigger the rise of Deathcore. Perhaps you want to ‘blame’ them or ‘credit’ them with Deathcore, but that’s a whole different debate. It’s their first album “Genesis” that is under the gun today.
“Genesis” does see the band moving in a positive direction. More Death Metal than Hardcore anymore, the band has a lot of positive things going for it on this album even if the album isn’t an amazing effort. It’s not a great album. And it would even be hard for me to argue that it’s even a good album if I wanted to. Because even with as much progress as the band has made this album is still too much wash to be the hard hitter all the critics claimed it to be.
JOB FOR A COWBOY’s Metal Blade debut, is quite ambitious. It’s a young band’s first full length and they try to make a concept album. Ballsy yes, but it doesn’t quite live up to the hype that was created. Many of the songs sound very repetitive and although there are moments on the album that got me headbanging, I found my mind wandering throughout most of the album. It’s dense and brutal but that can only go so far for so long. Many of the riffs begin to meld on the latter half of the album and if it wasn’t for two interludes (tracks 4 and 8) that broke up the album I would have had trouble taking it all in at once. The concept album is an ambitious effort for the band and I respect them taking that giant leap already, but this album could have waited a bit in their catalog to really fill itself out.
Performance wise the album doesn’t stand out either. It’s good but none of the members really just popped for me (except for the drumming which at times really stole the show but it wasn’t consistent enough for me). The excellent top of the line production and mix help this band out so much also. And if there is anything that this band got right from the get go, it’s the production and mix values.
The band is making progress but they still have a long way to go before their music catches up to their popularity. Although “Genesis” has some good moments overall it’s just too weak to be what it could have been. I do give JOB FOR A COWBOY credit for ambitions though. Perhaps they will grow into some great Death Metal music but for now this still isn’t all its hyped to be.
Songs to check out: “Bearing The Serpent’s Lamb”, “The Divine Falsehood”, “Martyrdom Unsealed”.
(Online October 9, 2008)