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Employed To Serve: Greyer Than You Remember

Post-hardcore ruffians smash through the starting gates

If the thought of a more thuggy, unmistakably British version of The Chariot floats your boat then rejoice, because Employed To Serve are just as unusual and thrilling as that definition sounds.

Greyer Than You Remember careers past in a blur of mangled riffing, odd time signatures, snotty gang vocals and the piercing screeches of Justine Jones. Opener Live Without sets the tone, sounding like a high-speed collision resulting in broken bones and shattered teeth, and the pace hardly drops throughout these 10 tracks.

No One’s Perfect, This Includes You will make you wince like having an open wound drenched in vinegar, and the rhythmic gear changes of Bury Yourself (Deep) are enough to give you motion sickness.

The only respite is the slow build of the closing As Cold As The Rest, which borrows heavily from Neurosis’s ‘slow-quiet to loud-heavy’ dynamism. For a band that have only been around a couple of years, this is a hell of a start./o:p

Since blagging his way onto the Hammer team a decade ago, Stephen has written countless features and reviews for the magazine, usually specialising in punk, hardcore and 90s metal, and still holds out the faint hope of one day getting his beloved U2 into the pages of the mag. He also regularly spouts his opinions on the Metal Hammer Podcast.