Be it in a lab or an art studio, venturing beyond the boundaries of human knowledge with experimentation is the vehicle that advances our society. Exploring the unknown requires a gifted, unique mindset; it’s a tiresome and gruelling endeavour but, without these noble people, the world would be at a standstill. The world of music is no different and every so often, we’re gifted with innovative, inventive and ingenious outfits such as Between The Buried And Me and The Chariot. Following the release of their debut album, Employed To Serve are, without a shadow of a doubt, a member of this small elite.
Listening to ‘Greyer Than You Remember’ is like opening a flood-gate; as soon as you hit play, a unrelenting torrent of pure ferocity will cascade from your speakers. Their innovative, explosive sound is so much more than the mindless thrashing of instruments which is often attributed to experimental metal, and in the case of their latest release, Employed To Serve are more focused than a sniper on Adderall. Compared to previous records, each excellent in their own right, ETS have progressed leaps and bounds since then, honing their talent and sharpening their skills to unfathomable levels.
Justine Jones‘ vocals have always been devastating and brutal, but they’re something else on this record, as are Sammy Urwin‘s backing vocals. With the addition of new members comes a broader range of material too, with ETS exploring new territory, even for them. Take ‘Bones To Break’, which is the post-hardcore soundtrack to the most harrowing of nightmares, beckoning you closer into a rusted bear-trap with melodic guitarwork, catching you off guard with shin-shattering beatdowns and chilling, haunting screams.
Avant-garde metal has been well established with the likes of The Dillinger Escape Plan and Rolo Tomassi, all of whom are constantly pushing the ill defined boundaries of the genre, but it’s Employed To Serve who have truly decimated the norm. In an almighty culmination of influences that are executed flawlessly, it’s a bold claim to make, but ‘Greyer Then You Remember’ is a revolutionary album, one that is essential listening to all fans of heavy music. Though we’re not even midway through 2015, ‘Greyer Than You Remember’ is almost definitely album of the year.
Written by Andy Roberts (@Sassensquatch)