I am so very, very confused and scared. Yeah, pretty scared. I don’t know what this chaotic, discordant, ferocious thing is, but it’s mesmerizing. It’s like driving past a horrific car crash. You know what you are going to see is going to upset you, maybe even haunt you, but you just can’t make yourself turn away. Well, Employed To Serve‘s new EP ‘Long Time Dead’ is pretty much the musical form of that.
There’s no comparison to be made, for this thing is something completely new, but I’ll give it a go. It’s the chaos of The Dillinger Escape Plan, the bleakness and anger of Converge, and there’s even a bit of Pantera-esque influence in there on ‘The World Keeps Turning, And I Keep Dying’. They describe it themselves as “ugly music for an ugly world”, which is a damn accurate description if you ask me. Justine Siân Jones‘s vocals give the EP its aggressive edge, boasting screams that sound both painful and bloody.
As I write this, they have just under 300 likes on their Facebook page, so I’m going to assume that they’re still a relatively unknown act. Not for too long though, as this EP definitely has the potential going to take them far if given the proper backing and channels. By no means is this music accessible or an easy listen, but my god it is something to behold. Spanning only 11 minutes, it doesn’t take long to listen to it, plus it’s easy to get hold of and you can download it for free (here).
So, you have absolutely no excuses not to listen to this right now. But, be warned, this certainley is not for the faint hearted.
Written by Andy Roberts