Job For A Cowboy to this day are considered by many as pioneers of the deathcore genre. Their debut EP Doom became an instant hit, and shortly after their popularity exploded scene kids everywhere were cranking, ‘Entombment of A Machine‘, telling their friends about this new brutal band. Many bands came and went imitating the sound Job For A Cowboy brought to the scene while JFAC continued to evolve, with every release slowly but steadily distancing themselves from the deathcore genre which became heavily saturated with mediocre bands fronted by brutal scene kids with tight jeans and long black hair.
Demonocracy is believe it or not only Job For A Cowboy’s third full-length release in-between a handful of EP’s in their 9 year long career. You got to hand it to these guys, rather than sticking with the deathcore formula that made them liked by many they continued changing things up and gaining more respect and fans in the process, Demonocracy is a continuation of JFAC’s new-found technical death metal sound one they briefly teased us with on their Gloom EP released in 2011.
This is some of the heaviest and most technical material Job For A Cowboy have ever written. Spinal Tap could turn their amplifiers up to 11, it sounds like Job For A Cowboy turned their amplifiers up to 15 because this is an intensively brutal, high tempo album that smashes you in the face right from the get go. There was no doubt in my mind that Demonocracy would be anything but a masterpiece, but I did have my doubts that a band of JFAC’s stature would eventually fuck up and release something mediocre.
Guitarists Tony Sannicandro and Alan Glassman pull out all of the stops on this album with some super technical guitar riffs in the vein of Decapitated, The Black Dahlia Murder and Necrophagist. Everything about Demonocracy not just the guitar riffs sounds better, the JFAC guys have never sounded angrier, cohesive and tighter than they do on on this record which in terms of progression makes Ruination (as good as it was) sound irrelevant and amateurish in comparison to the greatness showcased on this record. A lot of what makes this record so great is also the stellar production, Jason Suecof (I am a huge fan of Suecof’s production) has made JFAC sound better than they ever have.
Jonny Davy is undeniably a great vocalist and this time around he’s altered his lows a little bit (adding a bit more warmth and depth), nothing major but there are times on this album where Davy’s vocals remind me of Morbid Angel, an indication that Jonny has stepped up the plate once again and taken JFAC in a new-found direction that other bands will be scrambling to imitate.
I’ve only listened to this album for a few days, but I am a firm believer that Demonocracy is their most cohesively focused effort to date. The only problem I believe plagues this record (the same issue that plagued all of their previous records) is the lack of any memorable songs. Don’t get me wrong, the album is great and I thoroughly enjoyed every single song this album has to offer, but Job For A Cowboy have a tendency to write songs that are so unstructured (which is part of their appeal) that they lack any kind of vocal or instrumental hook. Obviously being a reviewer you tend to read into things a bit more and spot things most don’t, and sadly the face value of Demonocracy by many will be, “it’s a brutal album” but not really much more.
If you’re after some good old fashioned technical death metal in the vain of Morbid Angel, Necrophagist and The Black Dahlia Murder then Demonocracy is definitely an album that you will love, and proof that Job For A Cowboy are anything but a cookie-cutter scene band making brutal music for the kids.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10.