Genesis (Job for a Cowboy album)

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JFAC Genesis.jpg
Studio album by Job for a Cowboy
Released May 15, 2007 (2007-05-15)
Recorded Blue Light Audio Media in Phoenix, Arizona
Genre Death metal[1]
Length 30:47
Label Metal Blade
Producer Cory Spotts
Job for a Cowboy chronology
Singles from Genesis
  1. "Embedded"
    Released: May 15, 2007
  2. "Altered from Catechization"
    Released: January 25, 2008

Genesis is the debut full-length 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.

Those who pre-ordered the album received signed copies in the days preceding its official release date of May 15, 2007. Genesis is the final release by Job for a Cowboy to feature founding member Ravi Bhadriraju.[2] This album also marked the last time the band would work with drummer Elliot Sellers, who announced that he would be leaving the band immediately after recording to go back to school. He was replaced by Jon Rice for the following tour and remained with the band until October 2013.

Lyrical themes

Jonny Davy (left) penned the lyrics for the album, which were heavily inspired by a brand of microchips known as VeriChips, which were designed for human implantation (right).

Genesis is a concept album in which mentions the VeriChip,[3] an implantable microchip, that is embedded under human skin.[4] The device has generated controversy among certain religious groups, which have become against the possible use of it, as there is a Biblical prophecy where all persons must receive the Mark of the Beast "on their right hand or on their foreheads", described in Book of Revelation 13: 16–18, to participate in economic activity under the government of the Antichrist.[5]

Blabbermouth explained "Even though [Genesis] isn't being promoted as a concept effort, the songs clearly tell a story of technology, religion and corrupt government, and how they combine to lead to the end of civilization."[6]

Vocalist Jonny Davy said his interest in writing an album about the VeriChip came from his realization of being an atheist at a young age and that "over time, I read up on a lot of religions and religious conspiracies and conspiracies in general. The record is actually about a biochip called the 'VeriChip' that's being implanted [into people] and used for medical identification and money currency purposes. People feel it's an invasion of privacy, and the other aspect is religious leaders have come out against it for fear that this is going to be a fulfillment of a prophecy in the Book Of Revelations." He went on to say "On the religious side, you can turn on American Christian television and they'll be talking about [the VeriChip] on their little talk shows. Religious leaders fear that the Antichrist is going to use the chip to control every man and woman in America and later the whole world."[7]

Shortly after the release of Genesis, the band was victim to some controversy for allegedly containing an anti-Christian message found on the album. Guitarist Ravi Bhadriraju denied this, stating "We have nothing against Christians, though. We aren’t a satanic band or anything like that. We just think it’s a cool concept so we ran with it, and I’m glad we did. I’m sure there will be some Christian backlash, but what can you do about it?"[8]

Musical style

Chad Bowar of described the band's musical evolution, saying: "Job for a Cowboy's sound has evolved from deathcore to straight ahead death metal."[9] Bowar also praised the guitarists Ravi Bhadriraju and Bobby Thompson, saying that both have done a "good job at creating innovative riffs and play some quick but skillfull solos."[9]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 4/5 stars[9]
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1] 7.5/10 stars[10]
PopMatters 5/10 stars[11]

On the day of the release, the album debuted at number 54 on the Billboard 200 and number 4 for Independent Albums[12] and sold nearly 13,000 copies in its first week, making Genesis the highest-charting heavy metal debut since Slipknot's self-titled record.[13] The music video for "Embedded" was directed by Grammy Award nominated Popcore films.

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".[12][14] Scott Alisoglu of, praised the album saying that Genesis "is a strong modern death metal release".[10]

The song "Embedded" is available as downloadable content for the Rock Band series.[15]

Track listing

All tracks written by Job for a Cowboy.

No. Title Length
1. "Bearing the Serpent's Lamb" 2:50
2. "Reduced to Mere Filth" 2:58
3. "Altered from Catechization" 4:15
4. "Upheaval" 2:35
5. "Embedded" 3:36
6. "Strings of Hypocrisy" 2:25
7. "Martyrdom Unsealed" 2:36
8. "Blasphemy" 1:42
9. "The Divine Falsehood" 4:24
10. "Coalescing Prophecy" 3:26
Total length: 30:47


Job for a Cowboy
  • Brent Riggs – bass guitar
  • Elliott Sellers - drums
  • Jonny Davy – vocals
  • Bobby Thompson – guitar
  • Ravi Bhadriraju – guitar


The fifth track "Embedded" appears on Rock Band 2 as downloadable content.

Chart positions

Chart (2007) Peak
US Billboard 200[12] 54
US Billboard Independent Albums[12] 2
US Billboard Top Internet Albums[16] 25
US Billboard Top Rock Albums[17] 15
UK Indie Album Chart[18] 28
UK Rock & Metal Album Chart[18] 26

Release history

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States May 15, 2007 Metal Blade Records[19] Compact Disc 3984-14614-2
April 15, 2008 Vinyl LP 3984-14614-1


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