Job For A Cowboy is now streaming their new single "Beyond The Chemical Doorway" alongside a trippy music video. On "Beyond The Chemical Doorway," vocalist Jonny Davy explores Gnosticism — an occult teaching based on Gnosis, a state of transcendence achieved through intuitive, unconventional means — by way of Hieronymus Bosch's art.
"On Moon Healer, we unravel the dismal narrative of a close friend consumed by an unwavering pursuit of enlightenment," he said. "They achieve this through a compulsive embrace of hallucinogenic drugs. This storyline emerges from the foundation set in our earlier album, Sun Eater, delving deeper into the intricacies brewing within our friend's psyche.
"When under the influence of these drugs," he continues, "This individual claimed to encounter entities and find themselves in indescribable worlds that defy rational comprehension. Many who undergo such experiences draw intriguing parallels between diverse facets of Gnostic philosophy, biblical depictions of angels, and the stages of Bardo Thodol delineated in the Tibetan Book Of The Dead. In the album's opener, 'Beyond The Chemical Doorway,' our friend vividly voices his hallucinations, recounting the experience of breaching forbidden, gnostic-like realms, with each account culminating in the utter unraveling of his being."
Moon Healer was recorded with producer Jason Suecof (Death Angel, The Black Dahlia Murder, Deicide) at his Audiohammer Studios. "We've gone through this same ritual with Jason for a multitude of reasons. But the most obvious one is that he's a masterful songwriter, guitar player, and even vocalist. He has an ear for ideas that very few seemingly have. He totally understands where we're coming from as a band," said Davy.
Moon Healer is also the first Job For A Cowboy album to feature session drummer Navene Koperweis, who Davy previously worked with in the progressive death metal side project Fleshwrought. Moon Healer is out February 23 and is available for pre-order here.