Sound — 8
Firstly, let me say to any hardcore JFAC fans out there, get ready for some criticism. Next I'd like to point out the length of the album is just over 30 min. This excluding the unexplainable instrumentals. I was slightly disappointed on how short the album was but I got the album because I simply admire Job For A Cowboy. One thing this band doesn't lack is progressiveness (if that's a word). Each song is one constant hammering riff after the other. That being said, you can very easily confuse the songs as they sound similar even for a metal/grindcore band. Another thing about this album is the guitar work has changed a lot. It went from the choppy sounding distortion to the almost overproduced sound of clean cut distortion. That is one thing I miss about their style: It's turned into a more run-of-the-mill metal setting instead of staying a campy old school metal band. I feel the solos could have been left out of the record. They almost seem unnecessary and no offense to Bobby Thompson or Ravi Bhadriraju but they still need to brush up on their solo writing skills. The best solo of the album is probably the one on Embedded. I personally liked Doom better than Genesis. However, I bought Genesis anyways because the song are freakin heavy and JFAC is incredible.
Lyrics — 9
No Bree Bree on this album. Would have been good if Jonny Davy went nuts on one of the songs with a load of Brees. But his voice is still amazing at the screaming technique. Lyrics are a lot darker in this album. Even the song titles seem more satanic than those of Doom. I think it's pretty awesome that they are going darker. It helps them branch out more and become more known in the metal scene (as if they aren't known enough).
Overall Impression — 10
So far I haven't come across another band that can match the intensity this band produces. They are mistakingly one-of-a-kind. My favorite song on the album is the first one, Bearing the Serpent's Lamb. The title almost defines them as a newly introduced black metal band. I love the rhythm and tempo changes in the CD. I don't like the length of the CD or the commonness of the songs. But if this album along with my other CDs got stolen it would be the 4th one I would by back after Alaska - Between the Buried and Me, Kezia - Protest the Hero and Presence - Led Zeppelin.