Job For A Cowboy blast their latest “Moon Healer”

Author Oussama El Ouadie - 22.2.2024

Long awaited, and here it is. Nick Schendzielos’ bass popping in your ears, thunderous, menacing, a lurking presence watching from the abyss.

Job For a Cowboy’s long-awaited “Moon Healer” sets a different vibe than JFAC’s historically brutal and violent approach to metal, and rather establishes a very atmospheric mood, with dissonant and open chords that send you out to the wide space, where the haunting vocals growl at you to bring you back to reality.

Although the bass playing is predominant, it doesn’t take away from the very complementary riffing, the seamless drumming, and the smooth progressions that intricately lead the way towards virtuoso-level soloing and lead work.

It’s an album that grows on you, and that takes you by surprise when you’re waiting for “Entombment of a Machine”, but you’re served with a very progressive, atmospheric, and at times psychedelic death metal. It’s a shift in the approach, but it remains deeply rooted within the band’s extreme metal identity. They have matured and incorporated their sauce without affecting the core of their music, and rather elevated their rage to wiser levels. Rest assured, you are served with the occasional break, and the mandatory blast beat.

The production is on point, as is the case for most modern extreme metal. It, however, lacks flavor and is a bit too generic. The silver lining being how reliant it is on the bass playing.

All in all, a strong comeback for a band we’re definitely expecting to see more of, more consistently.


  1. Beyond the Chemical Doorway
  2. Etched in Oblivion
  3. Grinding Wheels of Ophanim
  4. The Sun Gave Me Ashes so I Sought Out the Moon
  5. Into the Crystalline Crypts
  6. A Sorrow-Filled Moon
  7. The Agony Seeping Storm
  8. The Forever Rot