Genesis

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Band Name Job For A Cowboy
Album Name Genesis
Type Album
Data de lançamento 15 Maio 2007
Produced by Cory Spotts
Estilo de MúsicaDeath Metal
Membros têm este álbum248

Tracklist

1. Bearing the Serpent's Lamb 02:50
2. Reduced to Mere Filth 02:59
3. Altered from Catechization 04:15
4. Upheaval 02:35
5. Embedded 03:35
6. Strings of Hypocrisy 02:25
7. Martyrdom Unsealed 02:36
8. Blasphemy 01:42
9. The Divine Falsehood 04:26
10. Coalescing Prophecy 03:26
Total playing time 30:49


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Crítica @ Scandals

06 Outubro 2008
Now this is an album I’ve been meaning to get round to for a while. JFAC are best known as a Myspace phenomenon, with umpteen thousand friends and a sickeningly young average age. But this impressive following, youth and admitted technical ability has left them derided as a metal flash in the pan that couldn’t possibly have the longevity of older death metal bands who did it the old tape trading, touring way. Now the whole merit of Myspace debate is one I care not to get involved in, as I see both sides of the argument having valid points. Yes it allows any old group of kids with the Internet, some instruments, and the spare time to crack out any old guff but it is also key in the creation and spread of new music, regardless of the genre. The debate will rage on, but as long as music can be spread this way, there’s always going to be great finds. Back to the album, there’s nothing particularly offensive about it, it has its moments of impressive beatdowns, excellent guitar play and some crushing chugging sections, especially in the opening ‘Bearer of the Serpent’s Lamb’ and ‘Martyrdom Unsealed’, but such high points are tempered by two completely throwaway instrumental parts that must have seemed important to include because they were a bit ‘different’, calmer and more eerie. Unfortunately it breaks up the flow and would have been better cast down on the cutting room floor. JFAC are certainly a competent band, there’s no doubting the musical ability or the enthusiasm for the product, but its a shame that its not a great product. Job for a Cowboy have some good ideas and there’s plenty of potential here for improvement, the players are adept but you can find better modern death metal in the hands of All Shall Perish and Dead Beyond Buried. One for the curious and general listener of death metal, but nothing too captivating for the hardened death-head.

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Crítica @ Crinn

25 Março 2012

Average...

I remember seeing Job for a Cowboy for the first time at the 2009 Mayhem Festival and being blown away by the energy that the crowd had during their performance. I went ahead and got their two albums and their widely-known Doom EP. About a year or so later I saw them again with Whitechapel, Cattle Decapitation, and Revocation (I was mainly there for Cattle Decap.). Since I first saw them, they seem to be the Morbid Angel of the younger crowd (one of the most popular death metal bands amongst the generation that I’m a part of). I’ve always enjoyed their music and would never mind seeing them live as long as there were at least two other really good bands at the same show. But I’ve never figured out what it is about Job for a Cowboy that almost all of my metalhead friends seem to be crazy about! When I listen to these guys, all I see is an average death metal band; nothing that special at all. But for those of you that are curious about seeing an in-depth description on this particular debut, read on.

For those of you audiophiles, this album won’t be an issue for you at all. There’s tons of bass, everything’s evened out, the guitars have an ultra-clean distortion, and the drums are just at the right volume where they are easily heard aren’t overpowering. My standards for musicianship and skill have gone up dramatically over the five years that I’ve been listening to extreme metal (I first started on heavy metal with Led Zeppelin when I was in third grade). I first heard these guys two years after I first started REALLY getting into death metal, and I was one of those kids that thought that any band that could play loud, fast, and aggressive music was awesome. But now that I’ve become a lot more knowledgeable about the genre and have had much more experience listening to hundreds of different metal artists, I’ve become much more critical and more hesitant to give a specific metal musician the certificate of awesomeness.

Probably the thing about Job For a Cowboy that repels me the most is their pair of guitarists. The reason why is because they have next to no originality, almost no creativity, and their solos are weak. They have the skills required to pull off good trembolo picking and change chords at a reasonable speed, but they aren’t good guitarists. With NEWER death metal bands that have acclaimed this much fame, I would expect them to have something about them that is….special; something that sets them apart from the rest of the crowd. But now I just realized something; maybe they’re just bringing back the traditional death metal sound. Because if you look at the activity of the traditional death metal scene during the turn of the century, it wasn’t nearly as big as it was during the 1990s. Of course, that’s changed now with the explosion of death metal (especially deathcore and technical death) bands that have been dominating the metalhead community. But maybe Job for a Cowboy saw this lack in traditional death metal activity as an opportunity to play PURE death metal and get away with it without being called “poseurs” and “uninventive”. Although I don’t particularly love Job for a Cowboy, I do credit them for helping define 21st century death metal.

The vocalist isn’t that bad at all. He has powerful Corpsegrinder-sounding growls and can belt out high-pitched screams. He can also growl in really complex and technical patterns. When I listen to Bearing the Serpent’s Lamb (my favorite song off this record, the first thing that speaks out to me is the vocalist’s growl. But then again, he’s not SUPER impressive; he just sticks out from the rest of the band. This album is pretty average and if you’re a teenage metalhead like me, you’ve probably heard of these guys before, but if you haven’t I would actually recommend that you check them out because they might be your thing. But I’m going to warn you that Job for a Cowboy is not anything special. I would give this album 10/20.

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