Job For A Cowboy are doing what all other thrash/doom/”core” metal bands are doing. They just do it better. The music is more interesting. The guitars have shades of Testament, Slayer and acid jazz! Jonny Davy on vocals even gives a nod to King Diamond in places and this is all in the first song! There is so much happening with ‘Children of Deceit,’ it’s best to just sit back and absorb it all. You notice how tight the band is, not a superfluous note. ‘Children of Deceit’ is such a monstrous way to open an album. The song reaches out and grabs you by the throat, it’s fast paced and psychotic. The best part is that you can hear some wicked bass grooves being laid down by Nick Schendzielos.
Job For A Cowboy are no joke. As a very heavy metal band they managed to crack the Billboard 200 chart not once but twice: their first album peaking at No. 54 and their second album debuting at No. 42. Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot. They are serious business. Their third offering “Demonocracy” is face melting goodness. ‘Nourishment Through Bloodshed’ really highlights the drumming of Jon Rice. He’s like Animal from the Muppet Show on a heady mix of Red Bull and an espresso double shot; crazy fast. Tony Sannicandro, on guitar, delivers a flurry of notes in a solo that gives way to a mini drum interlude. ‘Nourishment Through Bloodshed’ is all about the drumming.
‘Imperium Wolves’ starts out fast, just mind numbing fast. If I tell you that the beginning of ‘Imperium Wolves’ is fast, it would be an understatement. You can’t help but get a smile creeping across your face. It’s a “happy” feeling song even though the lyrics belay that. The listener is just lulled into amazement by the guitar and bass playing. Al Glassman and Tony Sannicandro truly are masters of their instruments. And yes, Jon Rice on drums is amazing… and fast. Jon Rice is doing his best to edge out Andrejs Upmacis of Relicseed as the most amazing gobsmackingly wicked drummer on planet Earth. ‘Imperium Wolves’ breaks it down in the last 90 seconds into this wicked groove. Yep, still smiling.
‘Tongueless and Bound’ sports some truly wicked – yes, there is that word again- vocals from Jonny Davy. The song reminds me of Dimmu Borgir and Keep of Kalessin; it’s dark and operatic. ‘Black Discharge ‘sports some fiendish bass runs courtesy of Nick Schendzielos. ‘The Manipulation Stream’ is another scorcher. By this song, 6 of 9, I am just drained. The music takes its toll on you mentally and physically. I’ve never gotten tired listening to an album before. ‘By The Diety Misconception,’ I’ve heard it all before. At this point it’s more about the lyrics because the music is comfortably the same: shredding guitar solos, staccato drumming, groove laden break downs, and just a monstrous wall of sound.
“Demonocracy” closes with ‘Fearmonger’ and ‘Tarnished Gluttony’. I’m spent. It’s time for a nap. That was just too much. There is only so much bone crushing metal a body can take. Job For A Cowboy does a very good job of biting your synapses, chewing you up and spitting you out bruised and bloody.