Employed to Serve - Eternal Forward Motion
Eternal Forward Motion
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60
NME is drunk again.
Aoaystheory
90
I'd say on average about 2 records a year of that "pedal to the floor/endless breakdowns" type actually are successful on what they're out to achieve. Although not entirely an original thought, these records are rarer than you might believe and deserve to be cherished. Of course, if not listened to at the right moment/mood they come off as a chaotic mess, but when you need to get to work on time when you're running late, these records will get you there. What sets this record apart ... read more
Farlov
50
Have the critics never heard any metalcore / post-hardcore before this?
usedtobe
90
Blistering chaotic, rapid fire metalcore release that leaves no air to breathe. Brutal and captivating anthems for the mosh pits.
slickleg
68
Kinda bored me, it's just your usual groove-laden, same-structured metalcore / post-hardcore formula. I guess modern day metalcore (and, post-hardcore too, for that matter) is a definite hit or miss for me. No in between at this point. It's good music, definitely good music quality wise, but this really doesn't do anything for me, nothing perplexing or too exciting. I will say I find it rather shocking its ratings are as high as they are, I genuinely believe NME have been smoking way too much ... read more
DCCXX
56
There's some really interesting post-hardcore instrumentation here, but personally the vocals feel a bit over-the-top. Still, there is enough compelling composition across the album to distract from what I don't like in the mix, but even so I don't think I'll return. Strangely, the closing track, Bare Bones on a Blue Sky takes an almost blackgaze approach to Employed to Serve's sound, and it works tremendously well.

Favourite Tracks:

Eternal Forward Motion
Sore Tooth Twin
Force Fed ... read more
MasterCrackfox
78
Boy, I've been needing an album like this for 2019.

Although this record isn't so different from many other acts in the metalcore scene (the first act that came to mind was Code Orange), this album deserves to be praised for its execution of that sound. It's blisteringly intense with tracks that will grind you down into a pulp but don't feel like they exist without purpose.

One of the greatest struggles I find from this style of music is that the lyricism is often half-baked; generally ... read more
NorthEasy
89
whoa
Falk1303
86
Goes hard
Smol
100
Am smol
Bobadille
88
I must reward the critic, who has positioned it so high when they surely had to hold their office chairs and coffee cups to the rhythm of a delicious guttural in the morning.
ProggyFoggy
60
Even if I basically like the sound and I caught myself shaking my head one or two times, the songs lack the last bit of originality and are quite monotonous after listening to them several times. Especially the breakdowns are predictable and boring with the same formulas. I have the feeling to have heard this kind of post-hardcore 1000 times already. Code Orange may be role models here, but they aren't really reached. But friends of Converge, Norma jean and Co. can risk an ear.
GABRIELinHELL
92
Excellent
Silver
70
A tad repetitive. I'm not a big fan of the style of vocals, although they're well performed. Plus, dissonance for days.

Good record for moshing.
JohannvonMAVI
78
A solid project, but damn... these critics are on something else.
90
Band keep on progressing and getting better.
ChocoZilla3999
50
Bland, flavorless post-hardcore. Skip it.
100
Best album I have heard this year, from the first second you are straight into it.
I no longer want to punch people, I want to punch walls and piss in church
NR
Sounds like a maniac, unnatural, artless and why?
mak11a
65
My introduction to Employed to Serve is mostly positive as I’m impressed with their ability to construct tight, well performed tracks. However, the album failed to leave me with a consistent experience with some musical phrases leaving me unimpressed or downright annoyed (see end of “Dull Ache Behind My Eyes”), the album droning into a one note affair, and no real thematic ideas pushing through.

FAVE TRACKS: Beneath It All, Owed Zero
WORST TRACKS: Dull Ache Behind My Eyes, ... read more
21stcenturyschi
65
It's pretty decent I guess. 2nd highest critic score of the year though?

Favorite Tracks: "Force Fed", "Sore Tooth Twin", "Reality"

Least Favorite Tracks: "Harsh Truth", "We Forgot You"
sciencemade
60
No more than waking you up in the boring morning
waveman777
5
Extremely boring and monotonous. Every single riff I heard before. Might be interesting to emo youngsters .
83
This album is fantastic! It's groovy, raw, and hard-hitting. Maybe not the most revolutionary album, but it's very enjoyable. I never felt like there was a significant lull in its entirety.
AShinyGiratina
62
I don’t get it
arsmoriendiou81
77
The sound of this album is firmly rooted in modern Metalcore, including the vocals, which is a considerable downside for me, as I don't care for the sound of modern Metalcore, especially vocal-wise, but I have to applaud the band for bringing in more far-reaching elements of a diverse range of metal sub-genre's into their sound. These elements, combined with the band being less afraid than their contemporaries to step into dissonant territory ultimately makes for a more engaging listen and also ... read more
AntiPop
82
the Vocals are a little off putting at times, But the instrumentation at times sounds like a really heavy version of Dillinger Escape Plan,
with a lot more dissonance and breakdowns added with it.
AltReview
80
With their third release, the UK band presents a diverse record. This isn’t just your typical straightforward metalcore album. It’s a very dynamic listen. From slow head banging grooves to thundering hardcore. From complex riffage and bone-chilling breakdowns, to melodic passages. It’s a formula that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Vocalist Justine Jones delivers intense vocals, although there isn’t a lot of variety in her range. But, other members stepping in with ... read more
thomasuic
83
From my first listen I knew that Eternal Forward Motion is an album to definitely put on top my playlist. And finally now that I gave this album the proper number of listens to form a well established opinion, it's safe to say that it's one of the most brutally chaotic with a hint of grooviness metal albums of the year.

This album perfectly blends death metal, hardcore and even emo vibes. Rarely you could find such combination done in such a smooth way like Employed To Serve are doing here.
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