After nine years how does a band stay hungry? With “Job for a Cowboy” it appears to be continuous touring and making music that is aggressive, violent, but yet conscious that changes to our current structures need to be made. Trying to alert people to a personal cause is often enough to keep us all hungry.
Having brought on new guitarist Tony Sannicandro and bassist Nick Schendzielos you had to wonder how the legion of fans would react to this change. The band has made significant remarks about how collaborating with the new members has made for memorable musical achievements. One of those achievements is the album were looking at today “Demonocracy.”
Job for a Cowboy is in my opinion one of the most innovative bands on the planet right now when it comes to death metal. Having toured with heavy hitters like Cannibal Corpse, Megadeth, Slayer, etc; you would think the band would rest on their success, but Demonocracy proves they have no intentions of doing this. This politically motivated album dealing with topics like media propaganda and the industry of war may fall in step with “Ruination,” but it turns the aggressiveness and hunger for change up a notch.
Under normal circumstances when reviewing an album I listen to each song and try to pick out similarities in some so that I can talk about the direction or elements the bands have used. When it came to Job for a Cowboy they keep the sound fresh and each song stands completely on its own.
For instance “Nourishment through Bloodshed” features some incredible guitar work and a great thrash feel that gets your head moving and adrenaline flowing. In contrast to that we have the eerie and disturbing march of “Black Discharge.” This song is technical in nature and shows the band as mature musicians that truly have a song writing gift.
“The Deity Misconception” is all about the vocals and changing tones, but “Fearmonger” that starts out like that quickly becomes about the band showing the chaotic and violent side of their music. The pace is unreal and I would have to see this song played live to believe it.
“Tarnished Gluttony” combines much of what we talked about above, but in a more traditional setting. This quickly became my favorite track on the album and something I have been listening to for weeks.
What amazes me about Demonocracy was Job for a Cowboy’s ability to bring so many elements to the album, but still be cohesive. I don’t know if I have ever heard a death metal album that rips your heart out both musically and politically. If you don’t own this album you aren’t hungry for metal!
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