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2009 sophomore release. In the two short years since the release of the band's full length debut Genesis, Job For A Cowboy JFAC) has progressed from the band with the different name to one of the leading lights for heavy music in the 21st century. Ruination sees JFAC advance by leaps and bounds; the record is a concentrated hotbed of astounding dexterity, scorching attack, sleek arrangement and thundering musical muscle. Infectious riffs, keen dynamics and the assertive vocals of rising star front man Jonny Davy combine to produce an album that is at once powerful, expressive, confident and commanding.

1. Unfurling a Darkened Gospel
2. Summon the Hounds
3. Constitutional Masturbation
4. Regurgitated Disinformation
5. March to Global Enslavement
6. Butchering the Enlightened
7. Lords of Chaos
8. Psychological Immorality
9. To Detonate and Exterminate
10. Ruination

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  • Audio CD (July 7, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B002AF4XLA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,590 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Doom is good deathcore but i like them more death metaly.
Cooper Lauck
This dudes know how to make really good noise, they are becoming in some way, a kind of recognizable band by its sound.
Blastnoise
Short sweet and to the point this album was one hell of brutal ride and i loved every second of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Stutheit on November 17, 2012
Format: Audio CD
It is really a big shame that Job For A Cowboy released "Ruination" as their sophomore full-length -- two years after the release of their debut, "Genesis." Why? Because whereas that 2007 release was often thought to make the band sound overhyped and even generic-sounding, "Ruination" is an indisputably excellent extreme metal record. And it exterminates all of those rumors that JFAC are just another Johnny-come-lately to the deathcore genre.

"Ruination" is ten pieces and forty-minutes of outstanding, extreme sports-esque musicianship. The drumming, courtesy of excellent drum duo Johnny Davy and John Rice, is simply phenomenal and often mind-blowing. It puts Job For A Cowboy on the same level as deathgrind's best -- including Hate Eternal, Suffocation, Cryptopsy, etc. Meanwhile, the guitarists uncork a flood of great, inventive, technically-proficient riffs and piercing solos; and Davy's vocals, which split the difference between Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe and The Black Dahlia Murder's Trevor Strnad, are brutal and commanding.

"Unfurling A Darkened Gospel" begins with a deft, bouncy, two-second long drum intro/solo before morphing into a decapitating onslaught of scorching guitar work and frenetic, mind-boggling trapkit annihilation. There is a fairly ripping, and very screaming guitar solo near the end, but for the most part, this is the drummers' show -- they dominate the maelstrom with extraordinarily dexterous and inventive blasting. And only occasionally does the song dip into more mid-tempo territory (with the odd slow breakdown). "Summon The Hounds" anchors swooping, punching guitar hooks with punishing, metronome-perfect double-time drumming.
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4.5 Stars

Most unfortunately (or fortunately, as I see it), I only recently came across this superb album, having heard Genesis (not impressed), Demonocracy (heard it many times--good, but never thought of it as truly stand-out material), and the band's newest album Sun Eater (doesn't work, for me--too soft). Whatever the reason, I somehow skipped over this album (which is, by far, the band's best, as it turns out) until just a week or so ago, and I don't think I've listened to anything else since (having finally put aside Ingested's new album, which is also excellent). Anyway, songwriting here is, by far, the best the band has demonstrated since inception--this album has a much harder, darker edge than the others, and it makes a *huge* difference. Musicianship/technicality here is essentially perfect (not unlike the band's later albums), as is production (Jason Suecof--never anything less than pure perfection of engineering) (much unlike Genesis--sounds terrible all the way around, honestly, though Sneap is generally pretty good...hmmm). Frankly, it's a near-perfect demonstration of pure metal talent that I sincerely hope will be repeated with the band's next album, as both newer albums fail to match this one in sheer impact and enjoyability.

In short, I now understand the hype that's revolved around this band for so long--its name is Ruination! If you've missed it like me, listen to it immediately!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G-Murda on January 19, 2012
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AMAZING. Absolutely brutal. The vocals on this album are better than Satan himself could do-and the drummer is always nasty.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Roberts on July 22, 2014
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This, in my opinion, is the best Job for a Cowboy album there is. While I really like Demonocracy, I feel like the overall sound isn't quite as deep, while the high-pitched screams don't blend as well. Here on Ruination, I cannot find a single flaw. It is brutal all the way through, and the entire album carries a deep sounding assault with phenomenal growls and perfectly blended high-pitched screams. It's one of my favorite albums, period. But no need for me to go on about it. In this day and age, there are plenty of clips to hear, and plenty of free full length songs you can stream from the band's Facebook page, MySpace page or even you tube. So check it out, and get a good feel for the sound of the album ... and then buy it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lori S. Barnes on November 1, 2009
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Love JFAC's new album ruination. My favorite release from them, although i don't own doom or genesis, i've heard most of the songs from them. I personally hate Doom era JFAC, love the more death metal approach to their music. My favorites are unfurling a darkened gospel, summon the hounds, constitutional masturbation, butchering the enlightened, lords of chaos, to detonate and exterminate, and ruination. Pretty much the whole album! the only song i dislike is march to global enslavement, cause it kinda lags on, but I don't hate the song. I definatly recommend this cd for any death metal fan. P.S.- i'm a male using my moms name
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By Savage-in-society on April 1, 2010
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I was really hoping that they wouldn't go in this direction. There is few and far between melodies. The pace of the album overall has much to be desired, meaning it's too fast considering the context and that they don't pull it off very well. There's just a large number of other albums I would rather spend my time listening to, including their older ones. Genesis was enough on the border that more people could appreciate it. Now I feel the only purpose of this album is shock value (which is pointless, I want good musicianship). I'm not saying this stuff isn't practically impossible to recreate, which it is. All I'm saying is there's nothing musically new here.
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