Job for a Cowboy have returned with the one-off single “The Agony Seeping Storm” — the band’s first new music in nearly a decade.
The track comes as a gift for fans who’ve been waiting patiently for the follow-up to the acclaimed 2014 album Sun Eater.
Here, Job for a Cowboy dish out technical death metal that manages to be intricate and catchy. Just when the band appears on the verge of disappearing into a maze of prog turnarounds and bizarre riffs, a breakdown and change in vocal cadence anchors the arrangement, giving the listener a foothold amid the sonic fray. The accompanying music video — co-directed by K. Hunter Lumar and bassist Nick Schendzielos — is equally nerve-rattling.
“‘The Agony Seeping Storm’ gives a slice of our upcoming concept record,” remarked vocalist Jonny Davy in a press statement. “Regarding the video, the band collaborated extensively with director K. Hunter Lumar (Digital Mile), while our bassist, Nick Schendzielos, co-directed. The concept was inspired by a close friend who embarked on a relentless quest for profound enlightenment through the incessant abuse of hallucinogenic drugs.”
Davy continued: “However, as they delved deeper into their religious-like experimentation they began exhibiting symptoms of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. They came to believe that they could access an alternate, esoteric reality through hallucinogenic intoxication, where they encountered gnostic and biblical figures and imagery.These songs reflect their thoughts, ideas, and experiences.”
The track serves as a preview for Job for a Cowboy’s forthcoming fifth studio album, which is currently slated for a 2024 release via Metal Blade. Further updates are expected in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, the band is set to play a comeback show as part of the Blue Ridge Rock Festival in Alton, Virginia, on September 8th.
Below you can stream “The Agony Seeping Storm” and see the single artwork.
“The Agony Seeping Storm” Artwork: