Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Review: Job for a Cowboy - Demonocracy

Job for a Cowboy are a band that, whenever brought up, have been met with some of the most extreme love 'em or hate 'em arguments. Demonocracy both marks the third full-length release since the band originally formed in 2003 and is the second attempt at focusing on a death metal style rather than deathcore. 2009's Ruination tried its best to follow the new style path, but was generally perceived as little more than a mediocre generic death metal album. With this third full-length highly anticipated effort, and all of the buzz that Metal Blade surrounded it with, could it be what audiences have been awaiting?

Genre: Deathcore (early), Death Metal (later)
Label: Metal Blade Records
Release Date: April 10th, 2012

  1. Children of Deceit
  2. Nourishment Through Bloodshed
  3. Imperium Wolves
  4. Tongueless and Bound
  5. Black Discharge
  6. The Manipulation Stream
  7. The Deity Misconception
  8. Fearmonger
  9. Tarnished Gluttony
Total Playtime: 40 minutes, 29 seconds




Rating: 5.0/10





Job for a Cowboy are a band that, whenever brought up, have been met with some of the most extreme love 'em or hate 'em arguments. Demonocracy both marks the third full-length release since the band originally formed in 2003 and is the second attempt at focusing on a death metal style rather than deathcore. 2009's Ruination tried its best to follow the new style path, but was generally perceived as little more than a mediocre generic death metal album. With this third full-length highly anticipated effort, and all of the buzz that Metal Blade surrounded it with, could it be what audiences have been awaiting?

The album opens up with "Children of Deceit", which has fairly catchy, fast-paced guitars but lacks any other qualities worth mentioning. Right from the start, Jonny Davy chimes in with excruciatingly repugnant vocals that sound as if he has a swollen tongue, not even completing full words in a majority of the lyrical content. It's better to forget about trying to follow along with the lyrics, whether it be by ear or with a booklet in front of you, since when the vocalist goes deep the words sound like nothing more than a series of blown raspberries which will soon result in finding yourself lost.


Sprinkled throughout the material are a series of sweeping, mellifluous and outright skilled guitar solos, but these are few and far between the generic-ism that drips from every corner of Demonocracy. The listener may find their attention span fading as most of the decent content doesn't come in until about five tracks in, save "Tongueless and Bound" and snippets of "Nourishment Through Bloodshed", but even then the glory is short lived.

The true highlights embedded in this content are the drums and bass, but due to production mixing the bass track rarely rises to a decently audible level. When it does, an unholy onslaught of fast and wild bass notes take over and work well alongside the drums consistently changing rhythms and gratifyingly fluid rolls. Few tracks let this shine through, those being "The Manipulation Stream", "The Deity Misconception" "Tongueless and Bound", and "Tarnished Gluttony".

Comprehensively, Demonocracy has minimalistic qualities setting the content apart from death metal and deathcore other than excluding breakdowns. These qualities rarely see light and are a slap-in-the-face effort for those awaiting a serious death metal release from Job for a Cowboy, who seem incapable of transition to this musical style. Even enjoyers of Ruination would be smart to pass this one by.

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