INTERVIEW: Nick Schendzielos Talks Up The Comeback of Job For a Cowboy, and The “Moon Healer” Album

Ghost Cult Keefy caught up with Nick Schendzielos of Job For a Cowboy, who are releasing their comeback album “Moon Healer” on February 23rd, 2024 via Metal Blade Records! Nick went deep into the concept of the album, the sequel to 2014s “Sun Eater” and how the band worked on the tracks for the new record. Nick also chatted about the bands’ move away from Deathcore in their early days, writing with drummer Navene Koperweis (of labelmates Entheos, ex-Animals As Leaders), bass guitar mastery, some details for the next JFAC releases, and much more!Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Job For A Cowboy – Moon Healer

It has been many years, but finally, the return of Job For A Cowboy is upon us!

Once known for a certain EP that helped pioneer an entire genre we call deathcore, JFAC has since evolved greatly and picked up where they left off with their new release, Moon Healer (Metal Blade Records). This journey through a person seeking enlightenment through some pseudo-alchemy edibles is the level of chaos that the death metal world was yearning for.Continue reading



All the signs are there: this is not going to be the easiest listening experience. From the likely purposefully awkward moniker, the cacophony of guest musicians (mostly drummers) and the self-processed palette of influences that range from Technical Death Metal to Classical; it does seem that Extreme Metaller’s OWDWYR purpose is to intrigue and to baffle in equal measure. The result of this; debut release Receptor (Self-Released) is, as expected, manic and as such, warrants hearing.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Entheos – Time Will Take Us All


It seems to be an increasingly common event in today’s turbulent music scene that bands see departures in their ranks; whether this subsequently derails the band completely or becomes a benefit. For Entheos, it is firmly a case of the latter. Stripping to a two-piece consisting of vocalist Chaney Crabb and multi-instrumentalist Navene Koperweis, the pair have been able to write with less compromise and more focus on their own vision. The result of which, Time Will Take Us All (Metal Blade), certainly feels like fine-tuned creative pairing is a strong step up.

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Job For A Cowboy Will Play Their First Concert in Seven Years at Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2023

Technical Death metal band Job For A Cowboy recently finished recording their long-awaited fifth album. This will be their first new music since 2014’s Sun Eater (Metal Blade). The band just finished two sessions of vocal sessions for a new album, under producer Jason Suecof (Trivium, All That Remains). Recording sessions for this follow-up to 2014’s “Sun Eater” have taken place for the last two-plus years, in a story first broken in the metal world by Ghost Cult. Drummer Navene Koperweis (Entheos, Machine Head in the studio, ex-Animals As Leaders) provided the drums in his studio parts for the record in August 2020. Now the band will perform their first show in seven years and possibly their only show of 2023 at Blue Ridge Rock Festival! Tickets are on sale now!

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I remember one-time reading Revolver magazine’s review for Through the Ashes of Empires and while it was a very positive piece the writer felt that despite being a great step forward it may have been too little, too late for Machine Head. Hard to believe now, but in those days some perceived Machine Head as being dead in the water following the more mainstream stylings of The Burning Red and the ill-timed Supercharger.

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Machine Head Shares a New Single and Video for “Unhallowed”

Machine Head has dropped their second single, “Unhallowed,” from their upcoming new album, Of Kingdom and Crown (stylized as ØF KINGDØM AND CRØWN), due out August 26th, 2022 via Nuclear Blast/Imperium Records. Stream the single and watch the video “Unhallowed!”

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Machine Head Shares Part II of Their New Album Behind The Scenes Video

Machine Head has dropped their second behind the scenes look at their new album, Of Kingdom and Crown, due out August 26th via Nucear Blast/Imperium Records. This episode freatues recording drums with Navene Koperweis (ex-Animals As Leaders, Entheos, Animosity)! Watch it now!

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Between The Buried And Me Shares Video for “Fix The Error”

Progressive metal legends Between The Buried And Me previously announced their highly anticipated new album Colors II, the sequel to their aclcaimed Colors album from 2007. The album will be released on Friday, August 20th via Sumerian Records with pre-orders available now at the link below. The band also shared a new single and video for their new single – “Fix The Error” which you can watch now! The track premiered on SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal and features drum solos from an ironclad trifecta of Mike Portnoy, Navene Koperweis, and Ken Schalk. Watch it now!Continue reading

Watch Machine Head Play All Three New Songs from the “Arrows In Words from The Sky” Single


Machine Head teased performed all therre of their new songs from ther current digital single during their regular Friday afternoon Livestream “Electric Happy Hour” this week. They performed “Arrows In Words from The Sky,” “Become the Firestorm,” and “Rotten” among a setlist that included major hits and some deep cuts too. “Arrows In Words from The Sky” is the latest in a series of singles the band has been releasing for the last few years, and they will end up on a future full length album in 2022, confirmed by Robb Flynn here. Continue reading