Job for a Cowboy: Second Coming
The band was considerably more thoughtful when it came to recording. For the album, Thompson used his Ibanez RG for all of the songs in D standard, and played through a Peavey 6505 amplifier. When it came time to work on the two songs in C standard, he and Glassman noticed that the Florida humidity had warped the RG ’s neck, so they switched to Glassman’s go-to guitar, a Jackson U.S. Soloist. Both guitars were equipped with EMG-81 pickups that were wired to two nine-volt batteries.
Thompson explains, “The EMGs are built to handle 27 volts, but you typically run them with just one nine-volt battery. That gives a very compressed signal, but running them at 18 volts adds more dynamics to the sound.”
For the Ruination tour, Thompson will play his new Ibanez RG 1515 through a 6505 Plus that he has used for the past two years, and Glassman will use his Jackson and 6505. Thompson plans to run his amps on the “666” setting recommended to him by Red Chord guitarist Mike “Gunface” McKenzie. Thompson says, “I loved his tone when we toured with them, and he told me he sets everything to six. So I tried it—bass, mid, treble, gain, presence/resonance at six—and it sounds awesome.” In addition, both guitarists will use Boss DD 2 and DD 6 delay pedals for their few solos.
When Job for a Cowboy play the Hot Topic stage at the Rockstar Mayhem festival they’ll share the bill with Cannibal Corpse, Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth and Whitechapel. Admittedly, Cannibal Corpse’s legendary status and Behemoth’s technical skill will probably take a backseat to Job’s crowd-pleasing death metal, but Thompson hopes their popularity will help introduce fans to the music of their elders.
“Kids are automatically into us because we’re younger guys and they can relate to us,” he says. “But then they find out that the bands we’re touring with were our influences, so hopefully they start getting into those as well.”
In that respect he and his bandmates see themselves as a bridge not only to metal’s future but also to its past. “I see us as a stepping stone for kids that aren’t that familiar with death metal,” Thompson says. “We’re not very technical, so maybe it’s easy for them to get into us. But hopefully they’ll go further and discover the bands that inspired us and so many other modern death metalers. I think it’s cool to be a part of that.”
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