Job For a Cowboy, Ruination

Jon Wiederhorn

By Jon Wiederhorn

on 06.14.11 in Reviews
More rooted in sonic overload than coherent structure

They may have been one of the founders of deathcore with the blistering blastbeats and lunging breakdowns of their 2005 debut Doom, but Job For a Cowboy quickly shed the title and morphed into more of a cross between early Morbid Angel and Suffocation. Ruination is their best and most satisfying release, one more rooted in sonic overload than coherent structure. The rhythms shift from one section to the next with little concern for trivialities like bridges and choruses, and the beats batter along. But it works. Job For a Cowboy aren’t interested in traditional approaches, be they instrumental breakdown chugs or deathcore pig squeals. The chaotic vibe here is what’s important. Vocalist Jonny Davy spends most of his time growling like Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe, and when he screams in a higher register he resembles Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder. Fortunately for Job For a Cowboy, guitarists Bobby Thompson (who left the band in 2011) and Alan Glassman have an arsenal of textural and melodic tricks to keep the songs interesting, and drummer Jon Rice is young and agile enough to keep rapid double bass beats and syncopated fills going with little rest between flurries.