Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Review: Job for a Cowboy - Demonocracy
The main celebration of Demonocracy is the way in which the band have now managed to soup up their traditional sound once more to a greater maturity and brutal grace. What an oxymoron. However, that's all that's really achieved on this album. There's little sign of JFAC stepping out of their comfort zone for this recording and have now settled into a definitive sound which carries a strong sense of routine about it. Davy continues his traditional switching between death growls and piercing shrieks. You can pretty much work out how a song will pan out. And yet, I don't really want to view this a s a problem when considering this album. It would be lame of me to crack open the phrase "You can't have too much of a good thing" but in the case of Demonocracy I may have to. It is the Job for a Cowboy sound but in this case, it's very much sharpened to a tee. They can expand their sound later. Right now they've nailed the sound we've come to love them for.
And so, I'd like to think of this album as the Definitive Job for a Cowboy album. They're still not on par with their death metal peers in Deicide, Nile and Decapitated, (Maybe they're an improvement on Cannibal Corpse now given their disappointing performance on Torture.) nor are they even on par with their often close melodic death metal buddies in The Black Dahlia Murder, but this album is still undeniably brilliant. It's a sound that is well recognised by fans, yet it is still made to sound completely fresh and re-vamped. It's the Job for a Cowboy sound that has also become brutal, fist-pumping death metal. Maybe next time, there will be greater experimentation but for now all is well.
Job for a Cowboy's Demonocracy is out now via Metal Blade.