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Album Review: The Warmth Of A Dying Sun by Employed To Serve

Employed To Serve release their highly anticipated second album, The Warmth Of A Dying Sun, on 19th May via Holy Roar Records. As was the case with their debut Greyer Than You Remember, the music is abrasive and unforgiving but the band have a continuing positive theme present in the lyrics –  trying to better yourself instead of getting stuck in the groundhog day of a miserable, mundane existence.

While their debut introduced you to Employed To Serve’s brand of abrasive hardcore, this takes it to the next level – harnessing the aggression and distilling their energetic live shows into a churning and blistering torrent of riffs and lyrical release. If you’ve missed out on Employed To Serve so far, prepare yourself for a smack in the face.

Make no bones about it, The Warmth Of A Dying Sun is hardcore done with aplomb. It’s intuitive and challenging at every turn, stick with it and your rewarded with a stunningly brutal and cathartic album.

Opener ‘Void Ambition’ feels like a bit of a slow burner in comparison to the rest of the album and while ‘Good For Nothing’ introduces you to the brutal riffs and visceral vocal, it isn’t until ‘Platform 89’ that The Warmth Of A Dying Sun really kicks off. With it, you get into the swing of the bombastic energy and pummelling riffs and from there on in you’ll be subjected to one of the best hardcore / metal albums you’ll hear this year.

‘Lethargy’ is the moment you release you might be listening to something special. From the atmospheric opening through the heavy riffs it’s a thing of beauty. ‘I Spend My Days (Wishing Them Away)’ ramps it up a level and masters the hardcore template. Breakdowns and riffs aplenty combined with the forthright and crowd pleasing chants of ‘I spend my days wishing them away’ not only make it highly relatable but surely a live favourite.

‘Never Falls Far’ is a stunning quick fire blast of hardcore that chills to the bone before the title track acts as one of the fiercest and most punishing slices of music you’ll hear this year. No mean feat and one that provides a listen so rewarding and enthralling that you’ll have it on repeat just make sure you got the full impact. The quiet moments just go to increasing the power of the riffs and contribute majestically to the atmosphere. ‘Church Of Mirrors’ almost acts as a masterclass in old school hardcore – blistering and captivating – while ‘Half Life’ and closer ‘Apple Tree’ deliver up the quality that put Employed To Serve at the very top of their game. The latter is something truly special, expansive with swathes of post-metal thrown into the mix hardcore pushed to its limits, a listen that you can connect with emotionally despite its lack of vocals but every bit as powerful and commanding.

 

AD Rating 8.5/10

 

 

 

 

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