The cover artwork for "Ruination" has been unveiled and is available for viewing below. The striking, quasi-conceptual piece was designed by Brent Elliott White and takes its inspiration from Job For A Cowboy frontman Jonny Davy's album lyrics and concepts.
"The ideas involved with the new album branch off from our last record, 'Genesis', but are more politically based," states Davy. Topics addressed by the album's schema revolve around modern-day worldwide dilemmas and controversial issues including "propaganda in the mainstream media and television, humanitarian rights of Northern Korea, the modern genocidal government of Nubia, the use of torture in American military tactics, overruling by world governments and police states/martial law."
Job For A Cowboy filmed a video for song "Regurgitated Disinformation" on June 6 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition to the video shoot, the evening included a full live set from both Job For A Cowboy and a special-guest opening act.
"Ruination" marks the Job For A Cowboy recording debut of drumming prodigy Jon "The Charn" Rice, who has toured with the band since the release of "Genesis" and features ten tracks of state-of-the-art heavy metal music.
According to a press release, "Ruination" "sees Job For A Cowboy advance by leaps and bounds; the record is a concentrated hotbed of astounding dexterity, scorching attack, sleek arrangement and thundering musical muscle. Infectious riffs, keen dynamics and the assertive vocals of rising star frontman Jonny Davy combine to produce an album that is at once powerful, expressive, confident and commanding."
Commented Davy, "Job For A Cowboy has toured the world and faced a ton of challenges over the course of the last year and a half. All of the hard work that we've put in and everything that we've experienced is directly reflected in our new songs, which we know are our best yet."
Upon the release of "Ruination", Job For A Cowboy will hit the road as one of the featured acts of the 2009 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival alongside Slayer, Marilyn Manson and more. The 27-date North American trek is slated to launch on July 10 in Sacramento, California.
Job For A Cowboy performing new song "Constitutional Masturbation" live in Austin, Texas: