Employed to Serve – 23rd July 2018 – Think Tank Newcastle – Review and photos

Feature By Graeme J Baty

Employed to Serve – 23rd July 2018 – Newcastle Think Tank

This marks my second time seeing ETS this year. On the previous occasion, I was that blown away I ordered both of their records from Holy Roar. Brilliantly put together records, the sound is amazing and the colours were enough to entice me! I was instantly hooked. They returned to Newcastle for a headline show and they brought two suitably awesome bands, I was really impressed with Leeched and Rough Hands.

Tonight they play their second album The Warmth of a Dying Sun in full and in order. Which also happens to be my favourite of theirs. I last saw them with Code Orange. It’s nice to see them now that I know the material and I can appreciate the details and craft to the songs. It’s quite a testament to a band if they can share a bill with the likes of Code Orange and give them a run for their money! They made quite a lasting impression on me. On first hearing them it’s somewhat of a wild ride, you never know what to expect, an album’s worth of densely packed riffs in just one song. It’s overwhelmingly impressive!

There’s a lot of depth to their writing compared to many in this genre and that elevates them in my humble opinion. It’s a mix of hardcore and tech metal blended into something new and utterly thrilling. Easily the best heavy band I’ve seen in years. They tour a lot and through hard graft are breaking through and gaining some deserved attention and accolades.

It’s a short and pummelling set, bashing out the album in a lean 45-ish minutes. There are a few familiar faces in tonight and I spotted at least one Code Orange tee so it’s great to see they have made lasting fans from those shows. I think the more ETS play those types of support slots the more their audience will grow.

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