Eternal Forward Motion by Employed To ServeRelease date: May 10, 2019
Label: Spinefarm Records
Employed To Serve barely need an introduction, riding a wave of deserved critical acclaim and building a fierce reputation. Unveiling their new record Eternal Forward Motion amidst a flurry of gigs and festivals across the UK and Europe, the quintet condemn the state of our social climate with ruthless scope, weaving potent messages into their energetic breed of hardcore metal.
Employed To Serve formed back in 2012 in Woking, amassing several EPs and singles alongside debut full-length record Greyer Than You Remember. Their spell with Holy Roar Records provided their major breakthrough, releasing the unforgettable The Warmth Of A Dying Sun. Alongside their recent signing with Spinefarm Records, they return with their third album in distinctively bruising form.
Brooding with simmering voices, Employed To Serve’s bulldozer roars into life, charging into the cyclonic opener ‘Eternal Forward Motion’. The lyrics “there is no time to worship yesterday” ring out; the band wasting no time in stressing that we should live in the moment and not dwell on the past. ‘Beneath It All’ is brutally familiar; lead vocalist Justine’s vocals scorching the skies, while catchy riffs thunder above a crumbling landscape. ‘Dull Ache Behind My Eyes’ explodes initially, before subsiding into an instrumental breakdown with moody distortion.
‘Harsh Truth’, released as an early single, is a devastating standout. Subdued drums adjunct an intro of coarse vocals, followed by bursts of isolated, spine-tingling guitar; each verse swirling into a typhoon of face-melting metal. After a short interlude, we’re dragged into the record’s linchpin ‘Force Fed’; Employed To Serve at their tremendous best.
Trio ‘We Forgot You’, ‘Suspended In Emptiness’ and ‘Reality Filter’ provide further examples of the band’s confident execution. Mislead by modern channels such as the news and social media, we perpetually strive for more and desperately fear obscurity; the music begging us to try and break from these shackles.
Penultimate track ‘Owed Zero’ is a head-banger’s delight, erupting in a jarring frenzy, before yielding to the record’s contrasting finale, ‘Bare Bones On A Blue Sky’. The longest track on the album is a unique ballad, framing cleaner vocals with stripped-back guitar. Blistering during the mid-point and flexing a last bit of muscle, the outro barks a final, reflective retort; “open your eyes”.
Employed To Serve have nailed their sound, allowing them to focus on sharpening their theme’s delivery. Eternal Forward Motion supplies the soundtrack for a misguided and turbulent generation, encouraging us to follow our own path.