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Job For A Cowboy- Gloom EP review
Despite the obvious similarities in names between Job For A Cowboy’s debut EP ’Doom’ and their newest release ’Gloom,’ the sound contained within is drastically different. Starting out as a deathcore act in Glendale, Arizona way back in 2003, JFAC has slowly evolved into a predominantly death metal band with the release of their first full length ’Genesis’ and it’s follow up ‘Ruination.’
‘Gloom’ continues their quest to establish themselves as straight up death metal titans, and gives fans plenty to get excited about. With a runtime that clocks in at just over 15 minutes, the four track extended play benefits greatly from the production of legendary metal guru Jason Suecof (The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel) and highlights the technical prowess of each individual member.
Front man Jonny Davy’s vocal delivery is in top form here as he effortlessly switches from guttural lows to high pitched squeals. The higher register vocals are used a lot more than they have been on previous releases and really help break up any monotony of his grunting.
The fretwork displayed by guitarists Al Glassman and Tony Sannicandro is exceptionally well executed and tracks like ’Plastic Idols’ and ’Signature of Starving Power’ prove that they aren’t content with just chugging away nonsensical breakdowns. Instead, we’re treated to blazing solos and rhythmic playing that would give lead guitarists of lesser bands a run for their money.
The rhythm section is a powerful force of it’s own and demonstrates why Jon ’The Charn’ Rice is one of the most proficient drummers in modern metal. His double kick sounds absolutely monstrous here and there is no question that his already impressive skills are only getting better. New addition Nick Schendzielos of Cephalic Carnage lays down the low end on this release and is actually audible at certain points, a rare feat for any bassist.
My only gripe with ‘Gloom’ (and the majority of JFAC’s music in general) is that while it may be captivating enough to hold my attention while it’s in my ears, the moment I walk away from it I can’t seem to remember a single riff. Granted, they’re more memorable than anything off of ’Ruination’ but they still don’t possess the lasting power of some of their peers.
Luckily, Job For A Cowboy recently announced the completion of their 3rd LP and it will see an early 2012 release via Metal Blade Records. If the ’Gloom’ EP is any indication, the band is far from done their evolution.