Employed to Serve

Employed to Serve
17:40 - 18:30 Jupiler Stage
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Played at Graspop Metal Meeting
2018 / 2022

Genre

Hardcore

Country

United Kingdom

Biography

Based out of Woking in the UK, Employed to Serve started life as a two-piece studio project but developed into a formidable, full-fledged live act when their first two (digitally released) EPs proved more successful than expected. Vocalist Justine Jones and guitarist Sammy Urwin fleshed out the band by recruiting three additional members. Their grind-influenced post hardcore takes no prisoners, as illustrated by the vicious tracks on their excellent sophomore album ‘The Warmth of a Dying Sun’ (2017). An instant classic, the album is a well-worked, haunting slab of metalcore. If the world is going to hell then Justine’s tormented vocals and the hardcore chaos on this CD provide the perfect soundtrack. 2019’s ‘Eternal Forward Motion’ was characterised by groove and nu metal influences, ‘Conquering’ (2021) marks a confident next step in their evolution with nods to old-school thrash, death metal and more. (#GMM22)