Ever since the floppy fringed, MySpace deathcore boom catapulted a fledgling Job For A Cowboy from obscurity in the mid-noughties, the Arizonian quintet have strived to distance themselves from a wave of peers who quickly became an afterthought. Indeed, the fine wine approach they have taken to their craft has seen a maturation from unrelenting, testosterone fueled violence to state of the art extreme metal sophistication, all culminating in the rather staggering intelligence of ‘Sun Eater’, which owes more to the tech-death masters of old than to the breakdown/blast, tunnel vision brutality of today.
The measured heaviousity of opening salvo ‘Eating The Visions Of God’ heralds a brazenly progressive standpoint from Job For A Cowboy. A simmering finesse sits comfortably besides the band’s signature blood spitting and, whilst being impressively subversive, ‘Sun Eater’ manages to pitch itself in that sweet spot between indulgence and ambition.
The widescreen majesty of ‘Sun Of Nihility’ is an undulating delight, its doom suffused attack perhaps as thunderous as it gets here, whereas a searing one/two punch of ‘The Stone Cross’ and ‘The Synthetic Sea’ ups the punishment with a surfeit of technical panache. A myriad of metallic treats are offered up, not least from six string extraordinaire Tony Sannicandro, who reels off blockbuster leads as lyrically infectious as they are fleet fingered, along with the free-wheeling gusto of bassist Nick Schendzielos, and with this mutant instrumental complexity offset by a generous helping of melody and a nigh on biblical grandeur, ‘Sun Eater’ defies practically anything in the Job For A Cowboy catalogue.
With their metamorphosis looking all but complete, this fourth full-length takes the leap into fully fledged progressive territories with remarkable aplomb. Coloured in shades of forward thinking expanse yet brimming with traditional savagery, ‘Sun Eater’ is as exciting as contemporary death metal gets.
Written by Tony Bliss (@TBliss88)