In 2005 Job For A Cowboy released an EP called Doom, pretty much after its release, it became the benchmark for modern deathcore from that point onwards.
I would like to stress even though I use the term deathcore in this review, I think Job For A Cowboy are much more than deathcore. So many people regard them as such that I thought it would be easier if I used the term throughout.
If you play JFAC’s first EP Doom and subsequent albums that followed leading up to their latest and greatest Gloom EP you’ll notice a steady progression in both technical playing ability and musicianship. Every record these guys put out seems to be increasingly more brutal than the last.
Job For A Cowboy have evolved into a complex beast of technical death metal goodness and it shows on Gloom. Listen to the insane guitar solo in Plastic Idols (1:15 mark) to hear just how technical JFAC have gotten. Gone are the days of over used breakdowns with pig squeals thrown over the top. In-fact Gloom doesn’t have as many breakdowns as you would except from a band that in my opinion that pioneered and shaped the whole deathcore genre to what it is today.
Although an evolution for Job For A Cowboy, Gloom does have its gloomy downside. The downside is that Gloom doesn’t really sound any different to what other deathcore bands are putting out, most notably The Black Dahlia Murder.
Unlike their debut EP Doom, there’s nothing that really stands out originality wise for Job For A Cowboy on this album other than the more than obvious technicalities in their playing and the fact that Jonny Davy has stepped up to the plate and evolved his vocals (I didn’t think it was possible) throwing in some vocal curve balls that further add to his Satan like sound.
What makes the TBDM comparison even funnier is that the same guy that produced The Black Dahlia Murders latest album Nocturnal (Jason Suecof) produced this EP as well. To JFAC’s credit, Jonny Davy’s screams and growls are way more tolerable and enjoyable to my ears than those delivered from TBDM, but that might just be personal preference because some argue that they sound like the same band at times. Jason Suecof really messed up the production of this EP though, it’s a good thing that JFAC are fine musicians otherwise this EP would have been a disaster.
Even though Gloom brings nothing new to the table, it’s an exciting release. Crazy riffs, amazing drum work, and of course perfect vocal delivery from Jonny Davy who by the sounds of it is trying to take JFAC to new heights vocally.