Job for a Cowboy is an American death metal band. Best known as one of the pioneers of the deathcore genre, the band has since turned away from that era and completely changed their sound as a way of distancing themselves from it. Fairly or unfairly, they have become one of the biggest names in modern death metal, having played on numerous high-profile fests and tours in addition to being one of Metal Blade Records' flagship artists.Formed in Glendale, Arizona in late 2003 by Jonny Davy (vocals), Ravi Bhadriraju and Andrew Arcurio (guitars), Chad Staples (bass), and Andy Rysdam (drums), the band quickly created a MySpace profile and accompanying demo and attracted a fair bit of traffic from around the world; in spite of this, Staples and Rysdam left shortly after the demo was released and were replaced by Brent Riggs and Elliott Sellers, respectively, though their popularity was not affected in the slightest. Said popularity rose immensely in 2005 with the release of the Doom EP, which was quickly followed by a distribution deal with a nearby indie label. Extensive promotion followed, and 2006 brought with it even more in the form of a deal with Metal Blade Records and the acquisition of professional management, along with a rerelease of Doom by said label. Rysdam, however, left, resulting in Bobby Thompson taking his place. This lineup then began writing for a full-length, though Sellers announced that he would depart in order to pursue higher education after the recording process was finished. As such, the band posted a bulletin requesting a new drummer on Blabbermouth, which was read by Jon Rice, who subsequently recorded a video of his playing that he uploaded to YouTube and sent to the band. He got the job shortly after.2007 brought with it the release of Genesis, their full-length debut, which was a complete change of sound. Instead of sticking with the deathcore sound that had made them famous, they switched to a straightforward death metal sound. This was soon followed by numerous high-profile tours along with an appearance at Download. This continued into 2008 with a spot on Gigantour, not to mention their Wacken debut and second Download appearance. A headlining tour came later in the year, along with Ravi's departure due to his desire to go to med school. Alan Glassman of Goratory and Despised Icon fame quickly took his place, thereby creating the Ruination lineup. Said album was released in the summer of 2009 and was quickly followed with an appearance on the Mayhem Fest. More touring followed that year, and 2010 brought much of the same. 2011 was kicked off with the groundwork for a new EP; as the band was about to record, Riggs and Thompson departed and were replaced by Nick Schendzielos of Cephalic Carnage fame, along with Tony Sannicandro, a relatively unknown young gun from Massachusetts. The limited-edition Gloom EP quickly followed, which was distributed solely by mail-order before being made available for digital download, as the physical release was limited to 2,500 copies. Preparations for a new full-length came shortly after.2012 was kicked off by a co-headlining tour with Dying Fetus; come April, Demonocracy was also out. More touring followed, including an appearance on the Summer Slaughter and a winter co-headliner with Cephalic Carnage. 2013 was, once again, more of the same, with a European tour starting things off, along with a support slot on the second half of Hatebreed's album support tour and an announced return to the Mayhem Fest. Needless to say, things certainly aren't looking bad for them, though Rice did decide to leave in November of 2013 for undisclosed reasons, though the split was apparently amicable. A full-time replacement has not been announced, though Danny Walker (of Intronaut fame) has been announced as a session drummer for their upcoming fourth full-length.
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