|Studio album by Job for a Cowboy|
|Released||July 7, 2009|
|Recorded||AudioHammer studios in Sanford, Florida|
|Genre||Technical death metal|
|Job for a Cowboy chronology|
Ruination is the second studio album by American death metal band Job for a Cowboy. The follow-up to their first studio album Genesis, Ruination was recorded and mixed at AudioHammer studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Jason Suecof. It was released July 7, 2009, through Metal Blade Records. 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. The first album to feature drummer Jon Rice and guitarist Al Glassman and the last to feature guitarist Bobby Thompson, guitarist Ravi Bhadriraju and bassist Brent Riggs.
Following the departure of guitarist Ravi Bhadriraju, who left Job for a Cowboy to go back to medical school—being replaced by former Despised Icon guitarist Al Glassman, the band recorded demo tracks with producer Jason Suecof. Vocalist Jonny Davy stated in an interview with Way Too Loud!, that this material differs from the band's first full-length, to have "a bit of an old-school [death metal] touch." Davy also explained when interviewed by MetalSucks, before the release of the album, that Job for a Cowboy are "in with new influences with the next record", but not going to be a drastic shift in comparison with Genesis. He also said, "We’re just learning from our mistakes and nit picking everything and evolving as a band."
According to frontman Jonny Davy, the ideas involved with Ruination branch off from 2007's Genesis, but are more politically based. The topics addressed by the album's schema revolve around modern-day worldwide dilemmas and controversial issues including "propaganda in the mainstream media and television, human rights in North Korea, the modern genocidal government of Nubia [sic], the use of torture in American military tactics, consequences of nuclear war, and overruling by world governments and police states/martial law." Ruination is politically based, but not a concept album as its predecessor Genesis.
All songs written and composed by Job for a Cowboy.
|1.||"Unfurling a Darkened Gospel"||3:43|
|2.||"Summon the Hounds"||3:51|
|5.||"March to Global Enslavement"||6:05|
|6.||"Butchering the Enlightened"||3:30|
|7.||"Lords of Chaos"||3:36|
|9.||"To Detonate and Exterminate"||3:22|
|iTunes edition bonus track|
|11.||"The Matter of Splatter" (Exhumed cover)||3:43|
- Chad Bowar. Ruination. About.com. Retrieved July 7, 2009.
- Phil Freeman. Ruination review. Allmusic. Retrieved October 17, 2009.
- Ruination review. Alternative Press. Retrieved October 17, 2009.
- Ryan Ogle. Ruination. Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved July 15, 2009.
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- "Job for a Cowboy's 'Ruination' Lands On Billboard Chart". Blabbermouth.net (Roadrunner Records). July 15, 2009. Retrieved July 15, 2009.
- "Interview with Jonny Davy". Way Too Loud!. Xtremely Media. December 13, 2008. Retrieved March 16, 2009.
- O'Hagar, Sammy (January 7, 2009). "Interview with Jonny Davy". MetalSucks. Retrieved March 16, 2009.
- Ruination credits. Allmusic.