EMPLOYED TO SERVE | 23.07.2018 | Think Tank Newcastle

EMPLOYED TO SERVE | 23.07.2018 | Think Tank Newcastle

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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EMPLOYED TO SERVE | 18.04.2018 | Newcastle Cluny | REVIEW and PHOTOS

EMPLOYED TO SERVE | 18.04.2018 | Newcastle Cluny | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Employed To Serve – 18th April 2018 –  Newcastle Cluny

This is the first I’ve come across this band. While doing some research before the show it looks like they’ve been building up quite a reputation for solid releases and amazing live performances. Opening for Code Orange and signed to Holy Roar Records, so they must be canny decent!!!

Employed to Serve – April 2018 – Newcastle Cluny

I hate to use comparisons, but I’m sure any band in this genre would be happy to be compared to these… Take hints of Will Haven, Gojira and Rolo Tomassi add a solid groove and you’ll find you have something rather fucking awesome! I was sold from the get-go.

I left the gig kicking myself that I didn’t bring enough cash to buy the albums. Rest assured I ordered them as soon as I got home! I am currently obsessed with this track.

Lead singer Justine Jones looks like butter wouldn’t melt during soundcheck, where she super politely asks for a ‘little bit more vocal please’. Her brutal, abrasive yet melodic, vocal style is truly stunning. The kids in tonight are tearing chunks out of each other in the mosh pit.

Employed to Serve – April 2018 – Newcastle Cluny

Truly one of the best bands I’ve seen in a while. This band are on to something special.

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