Thursday 2 July 2020
Metalcore screaming for change

Protest comes in many forms!

Employed to Serve plays metallic hardcore that is a hard-hitting distillation of the frustration, fury and existential doubt of a youth enduring today’s socioeconomic shitstorm of someone else’s making.

Their music is a rallying cry for awareness and for change.

The band plays with such punishing ferocity and ingenuity that they will make believers out of anyone listening.

“I want to be that angry, aggressive record you put on that makes people want to do something positive, rather than wallowing in dirge and misery,” vocalist Justine Jones has stated.

Put on any of their records, and you’ll feel just that. Perhaps that’s why the band’s 2017 release, The Warmth of a Dying Sun, was chosen as album of the year by Kerrang!

And perhaps that’s why the venues the band play in turn into raging seas of moshing crowds who feel Employed to Serve’s message. Justine Jones sounds like a beast – and the technical riffing, the grooves and the breakdowns all serve to punish in the best possible way.

Employed to Serve manages to straddle accessible metalcore melodies while staying grounded in more extreme sides of hardcore – and that speaks to large audiences.

In 2019, the band released their third album, Eternal Forward Motion, the first on Universal imprint Spinefarm. The title describes perfectly what Employed to Serve do with this release. They march onwards – and they master the art of making chaos digestible.