Picks: Full Of Hell, DREAMCAR, Employed To Serve

We took a week off to prepare a little something of our own – more on that very, very soon – but a handful of cracking new albums have been unleashed on the world while we’ve been keeping a low profile. We certainly haven’t been ignoring the good stuff. Here are our favourites.

Full Of Hell
Trumpeting Ecstasy
Profound Lore
[Spotify]

We’ve slept on this one and that’s pretty embarrassing. Trumpeting Ecstasy, the third individual full-length from sludgy grindcore crew Full Of Hell, is a 23-minute assault on the ears. Set against a landscape of hellish grindcore, the secrets of Full Of Hell’s sound are the various creative crawlspaces that punctuate the pace. The second half of ‘Bound Sphinx’ is about stompy riffing, and ‘The Cosmic Vein’ boasts some synth experimentation buried under pure fire. ‘Crawling Back To God’ drops the background speed and boosts the sense of threat, and it’s these tweaks that make Trumpeting Ecstasy such a fine addition to the year’s heavy music canon.

DREAMCAR
DREAMCAR
PLOF, LLC / Columbia Records
[Spotify]

Stick Davey Havok and the boys from No Doubt in a band together and you won’t go far wrong. Sure enough, DREAMCAR is all kinds of right. Havok-fronted 80s-inspired synthpop isn’t a new phenomenon, and what the DREAMCAR project lacks in Blaqk Audio darkness, it makes up for in gigantic pop hooks. There’s really no getting away from the fact that this record is just fun. There are colossal tunes here – ‘After I Confessed’, ‘Born To Lie’, ‘All Of The Dead Girls’ and ‘The Assailant’ are worth singling out – but we were won over by the overall effect of an album that’s able to get under the skin and stay there.

Employed To Serve
The Warmth Of A Dying Sun
Holy Roar Records
[Spotify]

Employed To Serve’s highly anticipated second album has hit us right between the eyes. Impossibly rich with riffs that crack and boom away from the first track to the last, The Warmth Of A Dying Sun is just as adequately endowed with a fantastic vocal performance and the more measured breathing room that allows each riff to occupy a space of its own. ‘Good For Nothing’ has the lot and is going to rip live, and ‘Platform 89’ is a mosh monster in the making. ‘I Spend My Days (Wishing Them Away)’ begins with a stunning riff and never drops away for a moment. Do not miss this record. It’s the real deal.

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