London’s own EMPLOYED TO SERVE have evolved drastically since forming as a two-piece back in 2013. Already armed with two very kick-ass EPs and one pulverising full-length album, Greyer Than You Remember, it would take something special to keep this beautifully-brutal energy up to the standards they have set for themselves. Enter The Warmth Of A Dying Sun, an album that not only meets expectations but slams the reputation of this band into orbit.
Building upon their gritty-mathcore sound, the structure and pace of Warmth… is calculating and meticulously layered. Such is the conviction on this record, we truly commit to every riff, breakdown, lull and lung-draining scream that these ten tracks hurl our way.
Each song has its own identity and unique voice that overload the senses to the point of nosebleed. Dynamically, we are put through our paces as we hit turbulence and clams more frequently than an economy seat with Easy Jet.
From relative calmness that put your ears in a false sense of security, to heart-palpitating speeds that would leave a cheetah gasping for breath, layers of bone-crunching groove help supplement the carnage, which have become a key staple to the band’s carnivorous sound.
However, the devil’s in the details. "Church Of Mirrors" has the last word, quite literally. Justine Jones gives out a final cry that pierces you soul as the track slowly and distortedly fades into the abyss of solemn, eerie white noise. A relatively small moment, but the impact is enduring. These small but important snippets are littered all over the album that demand multiple listens to feel their intended impact.
Unparalleled in its ability to challenge its listener and push rock even further, Warmth… is another glorious landmark in British rock of modern times.
The Warmth Of A Dying Sun is out May 19 via Holy Roar!