Job For A Cowboy - Demonocracy
With the release of debut EP Doom came the deathcore staples but Job For A Cowboy have since writhed their way out of this underpinning, further with every consecutive release. The addition of musical dynamism from new guitarist Tony Sannicandro and new bassist Nick Schendzielos (who both first wrote with the band on 2011’s Gloom EP), has made damn sure that any core influences are neglected and that what is being regurgitated throughout Demonocracy is nothing short of smouldering death metal. With foundations of contemporary politics, the wares of today’s media, and war, all nine tracks are visceral, roundhouse kicks to the gut.
Compared to the abundant breakdown festivities of early material, Demonocracy is a collection of guitar led tracks with old school qualities. From the hostility of ‘Nourishment Through Bloodshed,’ to the retched vocals and sluggish, gloomy trek of ‘Tarnished Gluttony,’ each track is embellished with a demonic guitar solo, placing the quintet firmly within the horde of death metal contemporaries. “Within” must be emphasised here, since this release does not cry extraordinary, and does not set them apart from the many modern death metal bands. It certainly propels insane riffs and sinister shredding with a sonic similarity to The Black Dahlia Murder and Whitechapel, but work is to be done if they want to be the orange cow of the herd. Still, it’s their best work to date and worthy of a listen if you’re a death metal fan that dislikes the breakdowns of deathcore.