Employed to Serve
The Warmth Of A Dying Sun



by JorgeLazenby USER (7 Reviews)
December 23rd, 2017 | 2 replies

Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I see your ghost in the bones of my face

If the end times truly are upon us – if we are, indeed, soon to be beholden to the spires of mushroom clouds and the erasures of natural disasters – then I know of at least one 2017 release that will be prominently included on my post-reckoning mixtape. Groovy riffs, doom and sludge-indebted apocalyptic soundscapes, judicious use of mind-numbing technicality, chest-thumping finales that make you want to pick fights with strangers and cause unwarranted property damage…

Yes, those of us at all familiar with metalcore will be well-familiar with these sonic characteristics. It’s not that Employed to Serve, ahem, employ anything that’s particularly innovative. Rather, it’s because they execute “The Warmth of A Dying Sun” with such vengeful energy and clever songwriting that they’ve now cemented their reputation as a band worth celebrating, in a genre bloated with plagiarists and underachievers. Make sure you listen on speakers that will best support the crisp and clear mix, with its throaty, low-end drive.

At the forefront of all this aural violence is Justine Jones, who shrieks and howls with a snotty bravado that helps to drive forth the vicious power that her bandmates unfurl ceaselessly. Her delivery helps to propel many tracks into laudably memorable breakdowns - some of the best and most energizing in recent memory.

Never is the group’s prowess on more exuberant and barbarous display than during the mid-album coupling of the excellent tracks ‘Lethargy’ and ‘I Spend My Days – Wishing Them Away’, two cuts which seem to characterize Employed To Serve’s brand of damage most effectively.

The former showcases ETS’s skill at fully disorienting listeners, opening with a foray into an eerily unsettling soundscape (one which the band cleverly teases out in morsels - the album’s subtextual paean to its doomy influences) before sharply cornering into and hurtling through a latticework of angular, sludge-informed tech-metal, and concluding with one of the catchiest conclusions you’re likely to hear for a long time. ‘Lethargy’ segues seamlessly into ‘I Spend My Days – Wishing Them Away’ (released as the first single), which is the snidest, grooviest, and best, track of the album.

In a time where the end of civilization as we know it seems ever-imminent, an album as brash, vibrant, and brooding as “The Warmth of A Dying Sun” seems a fitting release. It’s an album that looks out at the horizon before turning around and wagging a finger, bleating “I told you so.” It’s music by malcontents, for malcontents. Most importantly, it’s a hell of a lot of fun.

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December 23rd 2017


Album Rating: 4.5

Albums my personal AOTY.

I like I Spend My Days (Wishing Them Away), but it's far from the best on the record imo. Lethargy, the title track, and Half Life are all absolute gold. Half Life might be my favorite song of the year.

December 24th 2017


Album Rating: 4.5

This sounds really good. Good review also.

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