Job for a Cowboy

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At 2008's Hellfest
Background information
Origin Glendale, Arizona, U.S.
Genres Death metal, deathcore (early)
Years active2003–present
Associated acts
MembersJonny Davy
Al Glassman
Nick Schendzielos
Tony Sannicandro
Chad Cortez
Past membersRavi Bhadriraju
Chad Staples
Andy Rysdam
Brent Riggs
Elliott Sellers
Bobby Thompson
Jon Rice

Job for a Cowboy is an American death metal band from Glendale, Arizona. Formed in 2003, the band's debut album Genesis was released in 2007, peaking at No. 54 on the US Billboard 200 and selling 13,000 copies in its first week of release. The second album, 2009's Ruination , sold 10,600 copies in the United States in its first week to debut at position No. 42 on the Billboard 200 chart. The band comprises vocalist Jonny Davy, guitarists Tony Sannicandro and Al Glassman, bassist Nick Schendzielos, and drummer Chad Cortez. Davy is the only remaining founding member.

Death metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music. It typically employs heavily distorted and low-tuned guitars, played with techniques such as palm muting and tremolo picking, deep growling vocals, aggressive, powerful drumming featuring double kick and blast beat techniques, minor keys or atonality, abrupt tempo, key, and time signature changes, and chromatic chord progressions. The lyrical themes of death metal may invoke slasher film-stylized violence, religion, occultism, Lovecraftian horror, nature, mysticism, mythology, philosophy, science fiction, and politics, and they may describe extreme acts, including mutilation, dissection, torture, rape, cannibalism, and necrophilia.

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<i>Genesis</i> (Job for a Cowboy album) 2007 studio album by Job for a Cowboy

Genesis is the debut studio album by American death metal band Job for a Cowboy. Released on May 15, 2007 through Metal Blade Records, it is their first concept album and is based on possible consequences of the VeriChip, along with the Book of Revelation and apocalyptic theories. It also sees Job for a Cowboy's change into a more straightforward death metal based sound with their previous release, Doom being within the deathcore genre.


The band has played in international music festivals, including Sounds of the Underground, Download Festival, Mayhem Festival, Summer Slaughter, Graspop Metal Meeting, and Wacken Open Air.

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Formation and Doom EP (2003–2006)

Job for a Cowboy was founded in Glendale, Arizona, during December 2003 [1] by vocalist Jonny Davy, guitarists Ravi Bhadriraju and Andrew Arcurio, bassist Chad Staples, and drummer Andy Rysdam when the band members were no older than 15 and 16. [2] In 2004, they created a MySpace profile, posted songs online, and immediately began to connect with several worldwide fans. [3] Later that year, Staples and Rysdam left Job for a Cowboy and were replaced by Brent Riggs and Elliott Sellers, respectively, as bassist and drummer. [2] Traffic to the band's MySpace profile increased exponentially in late 2005 when the band released their first EP, Doom . [3] The EP attracted the attention of Arizona independent label King of the Monsters, who distributed the disc after an initial self-released pressing by the band. [2]

Arizona state of the United States of America

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Job for a Cowboy extensively promoted their EP, including three performances on the Sounds of the Underground tour. [3] By the end of the year, the band obtained professional management and signed a deal with Metal Blade Records, [3] who reissued Doom with a bonus track. [2] During the same year, 2006, Arcurio left the band and Bobby Thompson joined the group. [2] While Job for a Cowboy was writing material for their first full-length album, Sellers announced that he was leaving the band to go back to school immediately after recording the album. [3] In search of a permanent drummer, the band then posted a bulletin on, [4] which was seen by Jon "The Charn" Rice. He made a video of himself, posted it on YouTube, and sent the link to the band. [3] Soon after, Rice joined the band. [5]

Metal Blade Records record label

Metal Blade Records is a heavy metal independent record label founded by Brian Slagel in 1982. The U.S. office for Metal Blade is located in Agoura Hills, California. It also has offices in Germany, Japan, Canada, and the UK. The label is distributed in the U.S. by RED Distribution, and in Canada by Sony Music Entertainment. It was distributed by Warner Bros. Records in the United States from 1988 to 1993. is a website dedicated to heavy metal and hard rock news, as well as album and music DVD reviews. was founded and is run by Borivoj Krgin. The first version of the website was launched in March 2001; in October 2001, the record label Roadrunner Records began hosting it.

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Genesis (2007–2008)

Guitarist Al Glassman, who was originally the guitarist for Despised Icon, joined Job for a Cowboy in late 2008. Job For A Cowboy Mayhem Fest Hartford, CT (3).jpg
Guitarist Al Glassman, who was originally the guitarist for Despised Icon, joined Job for a Cowboy in late 2008.

In March 2007, Job for a Cowboy completed their debut full-length album, Genesis . [6] It was recorded at Blue Light Audio Media in Phoenix, Arizona, with producer Cory Spotts. It was mixed by Sabbat guitarist Andy Sneap. Released on May 15, the album peaked at No. 54 on the Billboard 200 and sold nearly 13,000 copies in its first week, which made Genesis the highest-charting heavy metal debut since Slipknot's 1999 debut album. [3] The album received generally positive reviews, with Kerrang! magazine saying, "an album that quite literally obliterates everyone else currently residing within the death and grind scenes" and "one of the year's most essential metal purchases." [7]

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Cory Spotts is a record producer from Phoenix, Arizona. Spotts runs BLUElight Audio|Media, a recording studio in Phoenix. In 2005 it was said that he was one of the most sought after producers in Arizona. He has produced records for Job for a Cowboy, DeSole, The Stiletto Formal, Greeley Estates, Lydia, The Cover Up, Blessthefall, Michael Jackson and Goodbyetomorrow.

Sabbat (English band) band that plays thrash metal

Sabbat were a thrash metal band from Nottingham, England, consisting of Martin Walkyier (vocals), Andy Sneap (guitars), Simon Jones (guitars), Gizz Butt (bass) and Simon Negus (drums). Over 6 years Sabbat released three studio albums, four demos, two split singles/compilation albums, two singles and a live VHS. In 1988, the band released their debut album History of a Time to Come, which earned them further recognition. Their next album, Dreamweaver (1989) was also critically acclaimed. Shortly after the release of Mourning Has Broken (1991), tensions with the band began to surface, most of them revolved around money. This resulted in Sabbat breaking up. After an attempted reunion in 2001, which was blocked by Sneap, the original Sabbat lineup reunited in 2006, and in December of that year, performed together for the first time in sixteen years at five different venues in England, one a warm up gig in Nottingham, the other four in support of Cradle Of Filth. The band had continued to perform at many live venues and festivals around the world since then, but did not release any new material. Andy Sneap confirmed in a January 2014 interview with Decibel magazine that Sabbat had once again split up.

In June 2007, the band performed at the Download Festival in Donington Park, England. [8] The group also played at the Sounds of the Underground festival along with Amon Amarth, Chimaira, Gwar, and Shadows Fall. [8] In October, Job for a Cowboy co-headlined the 2007 Radio Rebellion Tour, teaming up with Behemoth, Gojira, and Beneath the Massacre. [9] The band featured on the 2008 Gigantour with headliners Megadeth, Children of Bodom, In Flames, and High on Fire. [10] In addition, they confirmed for a number of festivals during 2008, including Wacken Open Air in Germany [11] and a second appearance at England's Download Festival. [12] Job for a Cowboy embarked on a U.S. headlining tour in November and December 2008 with supporting acts Hate Eternal and All Shall Perish. [13] In late 2008, guitarist Ravi Bhadriraju left Job for a Cowboy to return to school because he wanted to pursue a more rewarding career in the medical field. He was replaced with former Despised Icon guitarist Al Glassman. [14]

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Amon Amarth Swedish metal band

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Chimaira heavy metal band

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Ruination and Gloom (2009–2011)

On May 1, 2009, the band announced that they had completed recording their second studio album, Ruination , at AudioHammer studios in Sanford, Florida, with producer Jason Suecof. [15] The album marks the debut of guitarist Al Glassman and drummer Jon "the Charn" Rice, who had actually been with the band since the tour for Genesis. [15] Ruination was then released on July 7, 2009, worldwide through Metal Blade Records. [16] The album sold around 10,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 42 on the Billboard 200 chart. [17] Job for a Cowboy participated in the second Mayhem Festival, playing on the Hot Topic stage along with bands such as Cannibal Corpse and Whitechapel.

At the beginning of 2011, the band started work on an EP [18] which was recorded in February at the Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida, with producer Jason Suecof. [19] Just before the recording process began, bassist Brent Riggs and guitarist Bobby Thompson departed from the band and were replaced by Nick Schendzielos of Cephalic Carnage and Tony Sannicandro, respectively. On April 13, 2011, a video appeared on the internet of drummer Jon Rice performing a new song in the studio. [20] Job for a Cowboy issued their new EP on June 7, 2011, entitled Gloom, which was only made available for purchase through mail order and digital download. [21]

Job for a Cowboy entered Audio Hammer Studios in September 2011 to record their next effort. The group worked with the production team of Jason Suecof, Eyal Levi of Dååth, and Ronn Miller on the project. [22]

Demonocracy and Sun Eater (2012–2016)

Vocalist Jonny Davy (pictured) is the only remaining original member of the band. Job For A Cowboy Mayhem Fest Hartford, CT.jpg
Vocalist Jonny Davy (pictured) is the only remaining original member of the band.

On February 21, 2012, Job for a Cowboy released their first single from their new album Demonocracy , titled "Nourishment Through Bloodshed." It was released via Metal Blade Records' YouTube channel. [23]

On March 20, Job for a Cowboy premiered the song "Black Discharge," [24] and, on April 2, the song "Imperium Wolves." [25] Demonocracy was released on April 10, 2012, and had first-week sales reaching 4,900, which charted at 87 on the Billboard 200. [26] That summer they were a part of the Summer Slaughter tour with acts such as Cannibal Corpse, Between the Buried and Me, and The Faceless.

On October 21, 2013, the band announced they were recording their fourth full-length album. The band's drummer, Jon "The Charn" Rice, announced eight days after the album announcement that he was departing the band. [27] It was announced on February 5, 2014, that he had joined hard rock band Scorpion Child.

On September 23, 2014, the band announced their upcoming album Sun Eater , which released on November 11 via Metal Blade. The band also released their first single from the album titled "Sun of Nihility." [28] The second single released off of Sun Eater was the song "Eating the Visions of God."

On January 22, 2016, it was announced that drummer Jon "The Charn" Rice had rejoined the band for a one-off show. Whether he has rejoined on a permanent basis has not been confirmed. [29]

New album (2017–present)

During a 2016 Interview at NAMM Show, bassist Nick Schendzielos revealed that the band was writing new music and had four new songs at the time. He went on to say that they hope to release new music in late 2017 that would follow the musical direction of Sun Eater. [30]

In 2019, frontman Jonny Davy, and guitarists Alan Glassman and Tony Sannicandro formed a new group called Serpent of Gnosis, alongside The Black Dahlia Murder bassist Max Lavelle and Deeds of Flesh drummer Darren Cesca.

Musical style and influences

Job for a Cowboy originally started as a deathcore group, but they changed their style to death metal with the release of their first full-length album Genesis. [31] [32] The band has also been described as technical death metal. [33] [34] Job for a Cowboy has been described by The New York Times as "an Arizona band with a guttural, brute-force sound descended (indirectly) from hardcore punk" [35] and "straightforwardly brutal act" by Rolling Stone magazine. [36]

On the band's fourth full-length Sun Eater , Job for a Cowboy started experimenting with a more progressive writing structure and style. The album, which was called "progressive death metal", was praised for its stylistic innovation in contrast to the band's previous albums. [37]

Job for a Cowboy's influences include Nile, Mastodon, Decapitated, Hate Eternal, Cattle Decapitation, Psycroptic, and Misery Index. [38] [39] [40]

Band members


Job for a Cowboy


Job for a Cowboy discography
Studio albums4
Music videos6

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
YearAlbum detailsPeak chart positions

Hard Rock
2007 Genesis
  • Released: May 15, 2007
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2009 Ruination
  • Released: July 7, 2009
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2012 Demonocracy
  • Released: April 10, 2012
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2014 Sun Eater
  • Released: November 11, 2014
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • Formats: CD, digital download
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


List of EPs
YearAlbum details
2005 Doom
  • Released: December 6, 2005
  • Label: King of the Monsters
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2010 Live Ruination
  • Released: November 23, 2010
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2011 Gloom
  • Released: June 7, 2011
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • Formats: CD, digital download


2009"Unfurling a Darkened Gospel" [45] Ruination
2011"Misery Reformatory" [46] Gloom
2012"Nourishment Through Bloodshed" [47] Demonocracy

Music videos

YearTitleFrom the albumDirector
2006"Entombment of a Machine" Doom Richie Valdez [48]
2007"Embedded" Genesis Popcore [49]
2008"Altered from Catechization"Doug Spangenberg [50] [51]
2009"Unfurling a Darkened Gospel" Ruination
2010"Ruination"Kevin McVey [52]
2012"Tarnished Gluttony" Demonocracy Michael Panduro [53]

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