Rating:
5.0
Job For A Cowboy - Genesis
15 May 2007


01. Bearing The Serpent's Lamb
02. Reduced To Mere Filth
03. Altered From Catechization
04. Upheaval
05. Embedded
06. Strings Of Hypocrisy
07. Martyrdom Unsealed
08. Blasphemy
09. The Divine Falsehood
10. Coalescing Prophecy


Hating deathcore has become quite a sport amongst metalheads lately. Hell, for some it is no longer a form of entertainment, but a full-time job, with Christmas bonuses, secured health insurance, 50 hours a week work time and whatever you people with jobs get. I kid you not.

BlowJob For a Cowboy (or, BJFAC for short) have committed the terrible crime of recording a deathcore EP, securing them the hatred of many metalheads and other deathcore haters alike. While I have only yet to brutally torture grace my ears with that record, I did manage to check out this one, if only to satisfy my curiosity.

Apparently, JFAC does deathcore no more. Instead, this bunch of supah-tuff looking lads has devoted itself fully to death metal. Rejoice, brother and sister metalheads, for now, instead of a completely terrible band, you've got just one that's completely mediocre. Instead of a band we can point our fingers and laugh at, we got one that we can completely ignore, and not miss out on a thing. I hope you're proud of yourselves, JFAC. Now you're not special in any way whatsoever. That wouldn't even be a bad thing if there weren't one tiny detail: you can't write good death metal to save your life.

Genesis, you say? Mediocrity would be a word much better suited to use as the album name. And instead of these track names, for which only a ten year old (and these guys, apparently) would think sound cool, they should have just used: Mediocre Track 1, Mediocre Track 2, Mediocre Track 3, Completely Fucking Pointless Ambient Track That Has Absolutely No Earthly Business Being There, etc. Even though I'm supposed to give my dear readers some more insight as to what the album sounds like, words are very hard to come by. How do you describe something that left no impression whatsoever? There were exactly (I exaggerate not) zero interesting moments on this album. No cool guitar leads, no awe-inspiring riffs, no showcasing of technical mastery. Only endless, dry wankery. Every instrument just drowns in the collective soulless noise, only to be drowned some more by passionless vocals that sound like they were done by a guy who did them only because there was nothing on TV.

If you're a death metal junkie, I guess this one could satisfy you. "The Divine Falsehood" and "Embedded" are actually somewhat decent, and you can hardly accuse these guys of not knowing how to play their instruments. The problem is that Job For A Cowboy display creativity easily matched by a rock. Innovating and refreshing a genre that is piss-packed with bands is hard. But you don't have to do it. To name a recent example, Autopsy have proved with Dance Macabre that if you take the classic formula, but do it well, you can have a real killer album. JFAC completely failed to do that on Genesis Mediocrity.

Sorry guys, metal newbies that don't know better or those listening to you to look kewl, tuff, manly and rebellious may worship you, but I've got much better bands to listen to.

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 5
Originality: 4
Production: 7


Band profile: Job For A Cowboy
Album: Genesis


 


written by Slayer666 | 19.08.2011


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munson - 19.08.2011 at 13:33  
Can't say I really agree with this review. I think based on sound alone these guys have set themselves apart from many modern death metal acts. To say that there were precisely zero interesting moments on the album comes across to me as an extremely lazy claim, one that I can't really see being true on very many albums at all (let alone one as fantastically executed as this).

To take the same stance as you... I can hardly say that you don't know how to write reviews. The problem is that you display an opinion about as original as a rock.
Slayer666 - 19.08.2011 at 13:45  
Written by munson on 19.08.2011 at 13:33

Can't say I really agree with this review. I think based on sound alone these guys have set themselves apart from many modern death metal acts. To say that there were precisely zero interesting moments on the album comes across to me as an extremely lazy claim, one that I can't really see being true on very many albums at all (let alone one as fantastically executed as this).


Well executed =/= interesting. It could be, but not in this case. There is no passion in the album.
If they have indeed set themselves apart from modern DM (which, frankly I can't really hear), they didn't do it by being good.
btbamfan20 - 21.08.2011 at 01:15  
Being a fan from their start... i have to say this review is wrong... This is probably their best release to date. It's def much more different than other deathcore bands out there, who imo all seem to be trying to get the same sound as JfaC. This is such a technical release too, i was almost tempted to switch the genre of the band to Technical Death Metal from Deathcore, and THAT'S a VAST improvement is im tempted to do so. I didn't, because there's still that core sound to them (which is being overdone of course in most every other core band). BUT there is def that transition point they may reach.

NP: 99 - The Haunted
btbamfan20 - 21.08.2011 at 01:18  
OH SHIT! Stupid me, i thought this was for their newest release Gloom (EP), that's what I'M referring to, not this album. This album kinda deserves more than a 5.0 though... i'd say an average 6.5 or 7.0, but not 5...
Gonzo666 - 21.08.2011 at 07:26  
Every time that I listen to this band I get the feeling that I should be out gang banging with my homies listening to Job For a Cowboy. The rap/fast style of vocals just does not work for me. Just feels that they have been trying to hard to pull some new tricks within their metal but its far beyond their grasps. They need to step back down to their own level. But hey just my opinion.

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