It’s hardly surprising when you consider that Josh is still deliriously heavy, spewing forth riffs that hit with unrelenting precision and worm their way into your subconscious.Music this heavy is rarely able to be catchy whilst remaining uncompromisingly brutal, but Employed to Serve have taken the groove elements of greats such as ’t a bad succinct moniker).On the spine-tingling, ascendant title track, Lenman jubilantly sings 9# Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun Glasgow’s Mogwai have long held a reputation for being not only the loudest band in the world but also the quietest.

In many ways, is far subtler than the band’s previous works but that’s not to say they’re resting on their laurels in any way shape or form.

Rather, they are exploring sonic templates and boundaries in a far more intricate and advanced way than the quiet-loud dynamics that typified their earliest work.

Unorthodox methods were used in the studio, such as using pots and pans as percussion on ‘Waterloo Teeth’ or recording the sound of clanking chains on ‘Mississippi’ but despite the bell and whistles, every song stands up when performed without accoutrements, as proved by Lenman choosing to tour the album as a two-piece alongside powerhouse drummer Dan Kavanagh.

It’s testament to his songwriting prowess that these songs are more than capable of standing on their own without the ornamental studio flourishes.

Recorded in the band’s respective living rooms, the songs are shot through with a ’s scornful diatribes of loss and failure are laced with bitter resentment and delivered in a gruff vocal style that calls to mind a severely pissed off Bert from pre-school puppet bonanza Sesame Street (a peculiar analogy although it is meant as a compliment).

On paper, lyrics such as Chelsea Wolfe has carved out a pretty individualistic niche for herself, a singer-songwriter that incorporates gothic doom elements and down-tempo dirges to create a bewitching, mesmeric brew.Whilst the formula was fairly robust to begin with, they’ve made incremental improvements with each successive release, gradually honing and refining their distinctive style into something truly special.and half a decade would be enough time to put most bands on ice.Whilst disparate, all these elements are realised expertly, with the seamless amalgamation being the key Chelsea Wolfe characteristic.The production is monumental, courtesy of long-time collaborator Ben Chisholm (who also provides a wealth of extra instrumentation) adroitly providing the Jekyll and Hyde dynamics needed to get the best out of Wolfe’s song writing, most ably achieved on ‘Twin Fawn’ and the utterly captivating ’16 Psyche’.This distinction is important; whilst gloriously grandiose, one of its greatest strengths; there’s nothing on here that will scare away fans of traditional heavy metal and yet, the quality of song writing and composition elevates this far above any sort of throw-away, nostalgia trip.