Death metal progressives Job For A Cowboy have unloaded another massive slab of extreme music showmanship with the reveal of the single, "Beyond the Chemical Doorway". The track follows the successful introduction of previous singles in "The Agony Seeping Storm" and "The Forever Rot" in previewing the band's first studio album in more than a decade with Moon Healer.
As for the latest offering, Job For A Cowboy assert their position as one of the genre's most innovative practitioners - executing an epic track that not only emphasizes the spectacle of the genre, but does so a level of artistry that is tough to match in contemporary death metal.
The band's frontman and co-founder Jonny Davy spoke about the thematic scope of the album and how each track offers a another chapter in an overarching storyline that is as imaginative as the accompanying music is intense.
"On Moon Healer, we unravel the dismal narrative of a close friend consumed by an unwavering pursuit of enlightenment. They achieve this through a compulsive embrace of hallucinogenic drugs. This storyline emerges from the foundation set in our earlier album, Sun Eater, delving deeper into the intricacies brewing within our friend's psyche."
"When under the influence of these drugs," Davy continued, "this individual claimed to encounter entities and find themselves in indescribable worlds that defy rational comprehension. Many who undergo such experiences draw intriguing parallels between diverse facets of Gnostic philosophy, biblical depictions of angels, and the stages of Bardo Thodol delineated in the Tibetan Book Of The Dead. In the album's opener, 'Beyond The Chemical Doorway,' our friend vividly voices his hallucinations, recounting the experience of breaching forbidden, gnostic-like realms, with each account culminating in the utter unraveling of his being."
On Moon Healer, Job For A Cowboy work to pick up where their 2014 epic left off - both in style and thematic substance. Working with producer Jason Suecof, whose resume includes Death Angel, The Black Dahlia Murder and Deicide to name a few, JFAC reassert their rank as death metal mystics who dare to traverse new terrain in extreme music.