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Album Review: Greyer Than You Remember by Employed To Serve

Woking five piece Employed To Serve released their debut album Greyer Than You Remember back in May and for some unfathomable reason it managed to pass us by. Panic not, although we may 6 months late to the party it would be foolish for us to let this one slip through the net.

Greyer Than You Remember comes out as a visceral piece of hardcore. Stunningly ambitious and anything but run of the mill, Employed To Serve take in various subgenres with post hardcore, mathcore influences and even a smattering of grindcore. You’ll hear the chaotic urgency of early Rolo Tomassi blended with the brutality and bleak lyrical content of Napalm Death.

The most striking thing about Greyer Than You Remember is the invigorating sound. It’s reminiscent of the first time you heard Gallows, it hits you hard and with such force that you can’t help but be impressed. The energy and command of their sound is enthralling, there’s a sense that the band are expressing themselves in a way you’ve never heard before. Technically it’s not unique, it isn’t a new sound, yet the way it’s executed fools you into thinking that it’s completely unheard of. Naturally the brutal, heavy downtuned guitar sound isn’t going to be to everyone’s tastes, combine that with the screams of Justine Jones and it definitely goes into the realms of an acquired taste.

Due the nature of the vocals, you’ll have a hard job of getting to the theme of each track lyrically yet there’s something immediately identifiable there. Even without referring to a lyric sheet you know it’s bleak and deals with disenfranchisement. Throughout Greyer Than You Remember there’s no escape or respite. To predict the next turn on your first listen would be foolish, curveballs and time signature changes are thrown in regularly. From the auspicious opener ‘Live Without’, there’s a different feel to the colossal ‘Watching Films to Forget I Exist’. The different styles standout with three of the most impressive tracks on the album, ‘Bones To Break’ goes for a more traditional hardcore sound before ‘Tower Mouth’ delivers up a time signature change with brutality mixed with a groove that suckers you in. If those two tracks didn’t have enough impact, they’re followed up by the ridiculously superb ‘Beg for Rain’. It has a visceral discordance at its core that delivers a devastating blow of churning guitars.

You won’t find a weak track on Greyer Than You Remember and you certainly won’t find a lull. What album closer ‘As Cold as the Rest’ does in slowing the tempo, it also does in showing the range and a more atmospheric side of the band. It may be a gentler punch to the face but it has the same impact. There’s no doubt that Employed To Serve should be considered the best newcomers to the UK hardcore scene. This band is going places.

AD Rating 8.5/10

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