Employed to Serve
Eternal Forward Motion


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mattallica USER (3 Reviews)
May 16th, 2019 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Vicious. Vile. Visceral. Employed to Serve deliver again.

Employed to Serve's sophomore album (The Warmth of a Dying Sun) saw a massive leap in both ambition and quality from their debut (Greyer Than You Remember). It received critical acclaim and even topped Kerrang!'s album of the year list for 2017 as they barraged their way out of the underground.

Following an extensive touring cycle over the last two years, Employed to Serve have unleashed their third album (Eternal Forward Motion)... and it's brilliant.

One element Employed to Serve never disappoint on is riffs and guitar work. This record is no exception. It is rammed to the rafters once again with a concoction of chugging verses, battering breakdowns, and viscerally intense sections.

The dynamics and atmosphere throughout this album are also excellent. Track two (Beneath It All), which feels familiar in some regards to track two on the previous record (Good for Nothing), is a perfect example of where quiet/loud dynamics are employed to great effect to serve the song. Each instrument gets it's brief individual moment in the limelight before being forced back to tussle and tangle with the rest of the band once more.

Lyrically this album is very strong and attempts to address and attack various social issues throughout. However there are a few lyrics which do border on cringeworthy ("I need to try and block that sink hole in your face" in Force Fed a prime example). Justine Jones' delivery of these lyrics is certainly not cringeworthy though. Her voice is rarely anything but either vicious, gnarly or full of dread. The wild and vile shriek in Harsh Truth prior to the final breakdown will shiver straight down your spine.

One criticism I have of this album is the slower and more atmospheric songs (such as Suspended in Emptiness and album closer Bare Bones on a Blue Sky). Albeit still good, they simply do not reach the soaring heights which the title track and Half Life did on The Warmth of a Dying Sun.

The highlight of this album for me is the penultimate track (Owed Zero). It is a vile and visceral song from start to finish and is where Employed to Serve's influences of hardcore come directly to the forefront.

Overall, Employed to Serve have delivered again. Eternal Forward Motion is another welcomed addition to the collection of excellent records to emerge from the currently vibrant heavy music scene in the UK.


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JoshGray672
May 17th 2019


57 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album fucking bangs

PyramidNoise
May 17th 2019


415 Comments


Glad to finally get a review for this one.

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EclipseInYourEyes
May 17th 2019


514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

reeeeeview! I feel like they should've switched the last 2 songs. Owed Zero is perfect to end an album

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Hawks
May 18th 2019


70615 Comments


Can’t wait to hear this.

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Wildcardbitchesss
May 18th 2019


3032 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It’s rad.

Ecnalzen
May 19th 2019


8335 Comments


I want to like this more but all the songs just seem to bleed into each other.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
May 20th 2019


15778 Comments


Is the lady screaming the whole time?

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I guess yes.

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Mattallica
May 20th 2019


5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Dewinged

Justine indeed screams the whole time. Sammy Urwin (guitarist and backing vocals) does offer some cleans in the chorus of Force Fed but that is about it.

MrGlass
May 20th 2019


345 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sammy actually does a lot of back and forth screams with Justine for certain moments (i.e. the outro of Force Fed) as well as background screams that overlap/intersect with her lines. I think this band's scream/sing ratio is perfect. Keep that shit heavy.

I think TWOADS edges this out for me, but this one's still growing on me. By far my favorite up and coming metalcore band.

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Scoot
May 20th 2019


19267 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

excellent lifting album

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Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
May 20th 2019


15778 Comments


Yeah Matt, heard some songs last night, I'm ok with a few tracks in and out but I grow tired when listening to the whole thing. In that sense, Rolo Tomassi had more vocal variety and that's why I like it more. I mean, just for the sake of comparing, they are fairly different bands.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
May 20th 2019


9448 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

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Actually lol'd



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