Released: 2012, Metal Blade Records
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
So this has always confused me. I was always under the impression that being a Cowboy was a job in and of itself, at least that’s what I’ve read in history books. It was a profession to be engaged in traditionally via horseback, actually rustlin’ and herding cattle, or “Cows” as they’re commonly referenced. That would lead me to believe that the name of the band should actually be “Job As a Cowboy.” Or is the job in question some sort of task associated with the profession of being a Cowboy, like making sure that the water troths are full or that the stables are clean? But I guess you could make the argument that pop culture has adopted the Cowboy concept to be associated with a certain lifestyle, but then if that’s the case does it really matter what their job is? I work in an office with plenty of people who listen to country music, so is the Job For a Cowboy really as potentially meaningless as collating and filing cover sheets for the TPS? If that’s the case, then it seems like it’d be pretty underwhelming profession for a Cowboy to engage in, much less to name your band after.
Whatever the case, Job For A Cowboy blew up huge a few years back because they had a quirky hipster name that people caught on to and their generic brand of tech death appealed to pimply faced Hot Topic shoppers, overshadowing a bunch of more talented and more deserving bands in the process. They’ve got a new album out now called DEMONOCRACY (clever, eh?). It’s full of the same generic tech death that was on the last two records, but they’ve got a new lead guitarist named Tony Sannicandro who’s actually really quite good and adds some legit musical credibility to the songs. So instead of sounding just like another generic tech death record, it’s another generic tech death record with a really good lead guitarist.
The songs sound like blah, blah, blah, yakkity schmakitty…Who the f@#k cares, it’s all just a soulless combination of noodles and growls with titles intended to make you believe that the songs are really deep and though provoking. I couldn’t tell you which song on DEMONOCRACY I liked the best, because really it all just sounds the same, so I guess they’re all my favorite. Chugga, chugga, dirka, dirka, whirrrrrr, doodlidoodlidooo, whirrrrr, GRRRAHHHWWW… That’s what I got out of it anyway.
DEMONOCRACY is available now through Metal Blade Records.