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  • Audio CD (May 15, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B000OYC33Y
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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1. Bearing The Serpent's Lamb
2. Reduced To Mere Filth
3. Altered From Catechization
4. Upheaval
5. Embedded
6. Strings Of Hypocrisy
7. Martyrdom Unsealed
8. Blasphemy
9. The Divine Falsehood
10. Coalescing Prophecy

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Glendale, AZ extreme metal unit Job For A Cowboy formed in December 2003 with vocalist Johnny Davy, (then 16), and guitarist Andrew Arcurio and Ravi Bhadriraju (15 at the time). The band was soon joined by bassist Brent Riggs and drummer Elliot Summers and the quintet immedialtly began work on the material that would comprise their debut recording. As work on new music commenced, JOB FOR A COWBOY began to hone their much talked about live show by playing a consistent string of shows in and around their hometown. The band's jaw-dropping live sets quickly put them on the radar of music fans in a number of Different AZ music scenes. With an amazing work ethic, this exceptionally motivated group of young men managed to build a bigger buzz on their own than most bands that have had long-term support of a label. In June 2006, JOB FOR A COWBOY signed to Metal Blade Records and prepared to record their debut full length. Recorded at Blue Light Audio Media in Phoenix, AX with producer Cory Spotts and mixed by Grammy winning Andy Sneap (OPETH, ENTOMBED, MEGADETH), GENESIS is set to turn the extreme music world on its collective ear. Anticipation for GENESIS is such that the band has already been named one of "Metal's Most Important Troops for 2007 by Metal Hammer, one of Total Guitar's Hottest Guitar Bands of 2007, one of Alternative Press' 2007 Bands You Need To Know and one of Revolver's Breakthrough Bands that will be Kicking Your Ass this Year.

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"Their name is a lighthearted nod to the ranch-country surroundings of their home base outside of Phoenix, but there's nothing funny about JOB FOR A COWBOY's sound...possessed" - REVOLVER

"Arizonan extreme metal phenomenon JFAC toured the globe in 2006 on the back of only 4 online songs...they're great" - METAL HAMMER

Glendale, AZ extreme metal unit JOB FOR A COWBOY blend stunning musicianship and cutting edge song craft to create the absolute embodiment of modern day extreme music. The fast-rising band, known for their intense songs, explosive live performances and forward thinking vision, will release their highly anticipated full-length debut, entitled "GENESIS" on May 15 via Metal Blade Records.

JOB FOR A COWBOY formed in December 2003 with vocalist Jonny Davy, (then 16), and guitarists Andrew Arcurio and Ravi Bhadriraju (15 at the time). The band was soon joined by bassist Brent Riggs and drummer Elliott Sellers and the quintet immediately began work on the material that would comprise their debut recording.

As work on new music commenced, JOB FOR A COWBOY began to hone their much talked about live show by playing a consistent string of shows in and around their hometown. The band's jaw-dropping live sets quickly put them on the radar of music fans in a number of different AZ music "scenes".

In the months that would follow, the band's versatile fan base allowed them to share the stage with everyone from THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN to AS I LAY DYING.

In December, 2005, JOB FOR A COWBOY released the "DOOM" EP. The band spent months of preparation in order to record "the most powerful set of songs they could". Consisting of six tracks of the band's punishing hybrid of grindcore and death metal, the EP became a launching pad that would rocket the band to new heights of popularity within the underground music world. Stellar tracks such as "Entombment of Machine", "Knee Deep" and "The Rising Tide" quickly became live favorites and the band stepped up the frequency of their gigs in order to satisfy what had grown into an enormous legion of devoted followers.

After a few lineup shifts, the group's current incarnation of Davy, Bhadriraju, guitarist Bobby Thompson, bassist Brent Riggs and drummer Jon Rice was cast into place. Not satisfied with just playing live in their hometown, JFAC relentlessly looked to book gigs outside of Arizona. On their own accord, the band set up live performances on the west coast and in the summer of 2006, played three shows as part of the second annual Sounds of the Underground Tour, where their fast-growing popularity made them one of the top selling merch bands on each tour stop.

Following the Sounds of the Underground dates, JOB FOR A COWBOY departed to the UK for a series of sold out shows where the band found that their quickly-growing buzz was not only limited to the U.S. The UK metal press raved about the band's technical prowess and JFAC's successful tour dates found mention in long-respected publications such as Metal Hammer and Kerrang.

In this day and age of video-sharing hubs and social-networking hotspots such as YouTube and MySpace, JOB FOR A COWBOY's ascending popularity was sure to find additional like-minded fans and new supporters. And sure enough, it did. On MySpace, the band accrued over 6 million plays and upwards of 130,000 "friends", while the YouTube favorite "Job for a Sponge" - featuring the JFAC song "Knee Deep" as voiced by the affable Spongebob Squarepants and his horde of metal warriors - became an internet sensation that would soon see a number similar tributes (LAMB OF GOD, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, etc.).

JOB FOR A COWBOY would remain on the road during 2006 as part of the "Steers & Beers" Tour (alongside CATTLE DECAPITATION, MISERY INDEX, etc.) and as one of the featured acts of the 2006 "Saints and Sinners Festival", where the band shared the stage with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and UNEARTH among others. With an amazing work ethic, this exceptionally motivated group of young men has managed to build a bigger buzz on their own than most bands that have had the long-term support of a label behind them.

In June of 2006, JOB FOR A COWBOY signed to noted underground metal label Metal Blade Records and prepared to record their debut full length. Recorded at Blue Light Audio Media in Phoenix, AZ with producer Cory Spotts and mixed by the Grammy winning Andy Sneap (OPETH, ENTOMBED, MEGADETH), "GENESIS" is set to turn the extreme music world on its collective ear. Anticipation for GENESIS is such that the band has already been named one of "Metal's Most Important Troops for 2007" by Metal Hammer, one of Total Guitar's "Hottest Guitar Bands of 2007", one of Alternative Press' 2007 "Bands You Need to Know" and one of Revolver's "Breakthrough Bands that will be Kicking Your Ass this Year".

On the topic of the new album, JOB FOR A COWBOY guitarist Ravi Bhadriraju comments, "Genesis is a record that we as a band needed to fulfill. We wrote an album that we wanted to play live well into the distant future. If there is one word to describe our new record, it is "aggressive". We want this album to have a certain effect on the listener. I am happy with what we have achieved, and I hope our fans appreciate it too."

Vocalist Jonny Davy states, "We wrote the material that became the "Doom" EP at a very young age and the sound of this upcoming record is a much different one than anything we've done before. We're anxious for its release and we hope everyone who hears it will enjoy."

Customer Reviews

I'm sorry to disappoint, but I've got to scratch my head and wonder why this band is receiving such praise.
K. McGinn
If you are trying to get into the genre, then buy this album because it is as generic as can be and will tell you exactly whether or not you will like similar bands.
Ryan
There were a good number of the songs on this album that I liked decently well, but yet a few of the songs I actually kinda loathed.
HeavyMetalSushi

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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By K. McGinn on June 15, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Genesis, Job For a Cowboy's debut full-length, managed to sell about 13,000 units and landed at #54 on the Billboard charts. I'm sure there are a number of metalheads, myself included, that heard that and said, "How?" Starting off as a deathcore band, the band released the Doom EP back in 2005 and made a decent amount of success on websites such as Myspace and YouTube. My only exposure to the band had been with their announcement on this summer's Sounds of the Underground. Background aside, the question remains, does Genesis live up to the hype it's receiving?

I'm sorry to disappoint, but I've got to scratch my head and wonder why this band is receiving such praise. Apparently, the Doom EP was full of breakdowns and the standard pig squeal vocals and they 'matured' into death metal for their debut. On some levels, the band does deserve some credit for dropping the 'core' elements, but this is death metal by numbers. After listening to this a few times, the only words that come to mind are generic and dull. This is death metal that would have been considered stagnant 10 years ago, let alone in 2007. None of the riffs stand out and predictably, the songs blend into each other. The only track that stands apart from the pack is "The Divine Falsehood", which moves at a slower and epic pace. The remainder of the tracks alternately blast and mid-tempo chug their way through, with barely any remarkable soloing to boot ("Martyrdom Unsealed" being an exception). Add to the fact that there are two throwaway intrumental tracks tossed in lowers the running time to about 26 minutes, which is a tad short, even for death metal.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Stutheit on July 23, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Arizona's Job For A Cowboy toured relentlessly following the release of their 2006 EP, "Doom," and in the process, they managed to build up quite a bit of hype over the course of these past several months. Thus, just about every North American metalhead has heard that this band (who are a group of kids that are just old enough to graduate from high school, mind you) managed to land at #54 on the Billboard charts by moving about 13,000 thousand units of their full-length debut, this year's "Genesis," in its first week of release. But was it worth the hype?

"Genesis" is not an innovative album with a lot of breadth to speak of, but it isn't supposed to be. What the album more-than-succeeds at is being a very intense, technical, terrifically brutal, compact, and all-around impressive effort that metalheads will find difficult to dislike. For one, the musicianship the band displays here is nothing short of excellent. The dual guitar work is relentlessly busy, the drumming is deft and slamming, and the interplay between the three instruments is impossibly tight. Plus, the disc blends together elements of technical death metal, metalcore, grindcore, and even a trace of melodeath, so it should satisfy just about anybody who has a hankering for the heavy stuff. (The final sound is something akin to a cross of Dying Fetus, Suffocation, and Morbid Angel.)

The only foreseeable area where Job For A Cowboy could improve in the future is variety. Many of the songs on this album blend together, so a few more slow tempos could help to break up the songs' same-soundingness. That's certainly not a fatal flaw, though it would have been nice to have a few more standout tracks.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By R. Graninger on May 20, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Job For A Cowboy burst onto the underground scene with their "Doom" EP (and most notably, the song "Entombment of a Machine"). Their songs were laced with explosive blast beats, harsh vocals, and memorable breakdowns and riffs.

With their first LP, "Genesis," the band has attempted to mature and break free from the deathcore genre. This is understandable, as the popularity of JFAC inspired a multitude of terrible bands (just go to any local show and you'll see 2-3 bands emulating the bree-ing and breakdowns). However, the band was great at what they did, and as Genesis has proven, they should've stayed.

With Genesis, the band has moved in a more death metal direction. As noted, the breakdowns are gone and the bree-ing is gone. What we have is a series of songs that somehow everyone is hailing as amazing.

I think everyone has fallen in love with the sheer power of JFAC's EP material and is just very reluctant to realize Genesis is simply a par-for-the-course album at best. Most of the songs are mid-tempo and plod along with very little energy and explosiveness. The drum-work is not as great as people are claiming (their old drummer definitely wins the battle). The guitar work is decent at best; there are very few riffs that stick in your head and the little amount of solo-work is unimpressive and usually adds very little (as in Altered From Catechization). The vocals are strong and confident, despite not being unique.

The album does have a few bright spots (Martyrdom Unsealed for example being a finely crafted song with good guitar work). However, in the big picture, Genesis is simply a bland attempt at death metal. The CD is definitely brutal, but there are many bands who can deliver brutality as well as fine songwriting (think Morbid Angel).

For the "-core" fans who haven't heard real death metal, I guess you can convince yourself to like this. For metalheads who have heard about JFAC and are curious, stay away.
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