Job For a Cowboy - Doom LP (Clear/Forest Green Marble vinyl)
limited edition worldwide of 200 copies only
This EP, as the defining release of the deathcore movement, is a perfect microcosm of the impact of the genre. Other bands like Whitechapel and Carnifex were also considered part of this movement; why an obscure French progressive metal band and Finnish death metal band were described as such is anyone's guess. Regardless of the accuracy of those genre classifications, there is little doubt that Doom represents deathcore at its best. The EP features powerful riffs from guitarists Andrew Arcurio and Ravi Bhadriraju, backed up by Brent Riggs' bass and Elliott Sellers' syncopated drumming. Vocalist Jonny Davy squeals some of the most brutal vocals ever recorded, recalling the vivid sounds of a gurgling river dredger and a live pig being stuffed into a wood chipper. The lyrics, concerning loss and devastation, give additional impact to the songs if the listener reads them; unfortunately, the MySpace teenagers who made up most of the band's audience mostly did not.