No matter the tempo, Job For A Cowboy rarely lets up on the brutality. They let the intensity build up to near suffocation, then ease up or insert enough of a groove to grab a breath of air before diving back into the extremity. The album closer, the title track, begins with a slower, almost mainstream sounding intro with some catchy guitar parts, and maintains that tempo throughout, showing they can also keep things interesting at a less breakneck pace.
Even though the song titles sound like typical gory death metal (“Butchering The Enlightened” and “Lords Of Chaos”), the lyrics on Ruination are more on the political side of the spectrum, with songs addressing topics like North Korea and government propaganda. Jonny Davy delivers those lyrics in a mix of throat shredding growls and piercing yells.
It’s taken some time, traveling all over the world playing countless shows and improving their craft, but with Ruination, Job For A Cowboy’s musical prowess has caught up with the hype.
(released July 7, 2009 on Metal Blade Records)