When it comes to hardcore, this five-piece are one of the best in the business.
Label: Holy Roar
Released: 19th May 2017
Hardcore heroes Employed To Serve aren’t a band to be taken lightly, and ‘The Warmth Of A Dying Sun’ is a record which hits you with more force than a swing of Thor’s hammer. Frontwoman Justine Jones leads the charge with a vicious, virtuoso performance throughout; a vocal display that’s a head-splitting joy to behold. Opener ‘Void Ambition’ is a majestically manic start to proceedings, and ‘Good For Nothing’ is a furious helping of headbang-inducing, mosh-ready hardcore.
There’s some nice variation on display from the Woking mob on this record, with the slow-burn of ‘Lethargy’ proving a welcome counterpoint to the rabidity of the tracks surrounding it, and it’s a song which further impresses via Justine’s pained, cutting vocals. Employed To Serve are at their best however when they well and truly get their rage on, albeit with the occasional sprinkling of melody on top; lead single ‘I Spend My Days (Wishing Them Away)’ is a stellar cut which combines sludgy riffing with hints of melodic guitars, whilst the title track is a soaring odyssey of experimental yet accessible hardcore.
It’s not quite a game-changing album, but ‘The Warmth Of A Dying Sun’ is the sound of a band totally at ease with their musical identity. Keep an eye on Employed To Serve, because when it comes to hardcore, this five-piece are one of the best in the business. Jake Richardson