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Experimental/Post Metal • United Kingdom


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JESU was formed in 2003 by founding member of Godflesh, singer/song writer/guitar and drummer Justin Broadrick.

For their first release in 2004, the "Heart Ache EP", Justin Broadrick performed all guitars, bass, programming and vocals.
For their next release, a full length studio album, bassist Diarmuid Dalton and drummer Ted Parsons were added to the line up.
During a spring tour of Europe, Roderic Mounir of Knut filled in for Ted Parsons, in support of their first full length release.
With this line up, they released the "Silver EP" and a full length "Conquerer", although the "Sun Down/Sun Rise" was done sans Ted Parsons.

For the "Jesu/Eluvium" split released on vinyl, this done with Jesu as a solo act.

The band made their US tour debut in March 2007 opening for Isis, although not without problems though it did gain more exposure for the band.

The full album "Pale Sketches", which is a collection of unreleased Jesu material from 2000 to 2007, released in October 2007.

During 2008 alone, the band released 2 split EPs, one with the band ENVY and the other with BATTLE OF MICE as well as "Why Are We Not Perfect" an EP featuring the songs from the "Jesu/Eluvium" vinyl split, along with 2 remixed songs.

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Jesu play a mix of post metal, shoegaze, drone metal, experimental rock/metal with ambient sounds and inject a dense, heavily layered and textured sound and with all that, create challening, complex, detailed and long compositions.

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4.03 | 17 ratings
Jesu
2005
3.91 | 18 ratings
Conqueror
2007
3.21 | 9 ratings
Infinity
2009
3.61 | 14 ratings
Ascension
2011
3.50 | 6 ratings
Every Day I Get Closer to the Light from Which I Came
2013

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2.50 | 2 ratings
Pale Sketches
2007

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5.00 | 5 ratings
Heart Ache
2004
3.54 | 8 ratings
Silver
2006
4.00 | 1 ratings
Sun Down / Sun Rise
2007
3.50 | 6 ratings
Lifeline
2007
3.67 | 3 ratings
Why Are We Not Perfect
2008
4.00 | 4 ratings
Opiate Sun
2009
4.50 | 2 ratings
Heart Ache & Dethroned
2010

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 Jesu by JESU album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.03 | 17 ratings

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Jesu
Jesu Experimental/Post Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars JESU is the creation of Justin Broadrick who needed a new project after the breakup of Godflesh. While on the debut EP "Heart Ache" it was a one man show, on this eponymous debut album he created a post-metal power trio by inviting bassist Diarmuid Darmuid (Cable Regime, Final, Iroha, Greymachine, Council Estate Electronics) and drummer Ted Parsons (Swans, Prong, Buckethead, Legendary Pink Dots, Killing Joke) to join the feedback and fuzz distortion party. The band adds extra bassists and drummers for touring to fill the thicker than reality sound spectrums heard on their studio albums where they achieve atmospheres that i never dreamed possible.

JESU creates an interesting hybrid of various strains of post-rock and industrial metal rhythms wrapped up in a sludgy drone feedback fuzz that more often than not bleeds into harsh shoegaze. While the first track "Your Path To Divinity" sounds like the drone metal band Earth meets Mogwai song structures, on the second track "Friends Are Evil" we hear a total change of sound bringing the industrial metal Godflesh ties to the forefront. This track is even more distorted and has interesting intermittent guitar squeals. The third track "Tired Of Me" takes another completely new sound altogether beginning with an ethereal and detached Sigur Ros type of sound. It moves on to a slow distorted march with Broadrick belting out his buried depressive lyrics from the suffocating din.

The beautiful thing about this album is how diverse the rhythms and melodies are despite the tones, timbres and distortion being fairly uniform. Post-rock and industrial doom metal trade places while a steady brutally dissonant melody is usually keeping the echoes and grungy noise in its proper boundaries. The vocals tend to be of the same style but there is a surprise on "Man / Woman" where they are more of a Neurosis type death metal growl. The tracks are quite lengthy with the shortest around the seven minute mark but somehow it all unfolds in a rather satisfying manner. Actually i feel like i hear some Kayo Dot influence on here as well especially from "Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue" album where power chords pummel the senses. The only difference is the dissonance and prog time sigs aren't as prominent.

While the distortion reminds me a lot of the drone metal Earth meets the sludge metal of Boris, JESU manage to incorporate enough variety throughout the 74:30 long album to keep me happy. The production is noisy as hell but professionally done as to eke out every possible note and rhythmic dynamism. This album has a hellish doomy feel like few others and seems only to get better as it progresses towards the final tracks. This is my first encounter with JESU but after discovering this excellent debut release, it certainly won't be my last. Don't let the post-rock packaging fool you. This is full-fledged shoegazy atmospheric post sludge metal all the way.

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 Ascension by JESU album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.61 | 14 ratings

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Ascension
Jesu Experimental/Post Metal

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4 stars This album is somewhat of an enigma. It manages to combine breathtaking beauty and solemnity, and yet manages to miss vital chords when really needed. In short, only Jesu or post-rock/metal followers will probably appreciate this album; such sentiments are not born of snobbery or elitism (heaven forbid), but rather that the forces which shape the subjective aspects of 'beauty' here are wide open to individual contestation.

What all that nonsense means, is that Ascension is an intermittent album, a bipolar mash, a dualist work that swings between the dizzy heights of the upbeat 'Sedatives' and the crushing depths of 'Small Wonder'. Broderick's trademark production and dense layering is as dreamlike as ever, and the thick, bordering upon fuzzy drone is still there too. However, due to an unusual mix, things can be hit or miss. For example, the percussion sounds like it was recorded in a garden shed, and the vocals are hidden so far beneath the mix that all extraneous sounds wash over them with silencing waves of distortion. Now, I can see that the vocals were intentionally mixed low, giving them perhaps a forlorn, or weak vibe. This works surprisingly well on some tracks, giving them an almost Nick Drake fragility and atmosphere. However, they are too often lost beneath the monolithic layers of sound, making their comprehension an added difficulty and challenge. Mixing aside, the song writing is very one paced, and suitably depressing. The music is by no means crushing, but it does ooze melancholia, not in the forthright manner that many alternative artists attempt, but in a lyrically subtle and poetic way. While this doesn't save the album entire from the patchy recording, it pays to let the sound wash over you, rather than succumbing to the cynical and nit-picky ultra- clean Pro Tools user inside you.

When Broderick sings with a meek and atonal tone "only in dreams will we take flight" you can honestly feel his expression; it's just too bad Ascension seems to have been sabotaged by a patchy mix, for it contains some of the more tasteful and interesting music Jesu have created.

3.5 stars, rounded up to four, given the brilliance of a few movements.

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 Opiate Sun by JESU album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2009
4.00 | 4 ratings

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Opiate Sun
Jesu Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Any Colour You Like
Prog Reviewer

4 stars In terms of what I was expecting from this 2009 Jesu EP, I pretty much got what I'd banked upon. It goes without saying to any fans of the 'genre', that a Justin Broadrick release will be drenched in drugged out, fuzzy warm tones and gleaming metallic edges. Indeed, 'Opiate Sun' is Jesu, right down to the drone-tempo melodic phrasing.

While there should be nothing here to offend listeners, it does to an extent come across as post-metal/whatever by numbers. It's more dynamic and visceral than your average drone, but it's hardly as pounding, nor 'pushy' as one may come to expect. Nonetheless, Broadrick's compositions are mature and well placed, not to mention characteristically dense. The only track to properly stand out beyond the melodious hum, is the closer 'Morning Light', which is assisted by a more dynamic and versatile approach. Indeed, it only highlights what Opiate Sun could have been - instead of adventurous, what we have here is graceful, mellow, melancholic music, that with a little extra spice could be otherworldly. And we all know Broadrick has it in him to deliver brilliance, so I'll await the next release to hopefully see this actualised. A solid, if a little underwhelming release. Along with this year's latest Earth release, drone looks set to prosper!

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 Silver by JESU album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2006
3.54 | 8 ratings

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Silver
Jesu Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Proletariat

4 stars Progressive? Maybe, perhaps. Brilliant? Without a doubt. First let me adress this little issue, Jesu are not necesarily Prog and even I (a HUGE fan) am not sure that they belong on this website, they tend to fall more on the Shoegaze side of the spectrum rather than the Post/Prog side. Jesu are one of my all time favorite bands, and to me this is their definative work if this were not an exclusivly prog site I would not think twice to give this five stars, but this site constantly asks me not to hand out fives and I will comply. Now as for the music! I absolutely adore Jesus fuzzy distorted powerfull guitar, lumbering drums, crushing bass and evocative samples and on this EP they are at their best. Silver is a brilliant song it has perfect melody and warm fuzzy timbre that combines with the slow burning vocals and emotional lyrics to form my favorite all time feel good song. Whenever I am down and need a spritual uplifting track Silver is the song i reach for most often. I actually can not say enough good things about this song. Silver may be the weakest song on the EP, but even then it is still verry good. It is a little more upbeat wich gives it an almost post-hardcore or emo vibe but unlike most post-hardcore songs it has interesting insturmentation and great use of samples. The last two songs Wolves and Dead eyes really blend together to me forming a wonderfull suite of hypnotic fuzz and rythim that envelopes the listener and resonates with the mind. These two songs together put me in a mood that only the greates Post-Rock and Kraut can. The way in wich Jesu achieves this sensation is totally different though as they rely more on the counterpoint between the textures of synthetic laptop loops and the immediacy of fuzzy melting guitar riffs. These must be heard to be understood.

Again, I would give this five stars but in the realm of progressive rock I simply can not consider it essential.

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 Conqueror by JESU album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.91 | 18 ratings

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Conqueror
Jesu Experimental/Post Metal

Review by progkidjoel
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4 stars Wonderful modern shoegaze.

Jesu's second album represents a brilliant blend of post rock, indie and shoegaze sensibilities. The sound here is unique and distinct, and works brilliantly within nearly pop-based song structures to create a maze of guitar chugs and lush vocal work. Jesu creates a near masterpiece full of spacey and open and flawlessly links distorted, downtuned guitar with octaved keyboard chords and heavy drummery.

The album is repetitive in parts, but is always incredibly beautiful even in its heavier moments; this is no mean feat, as many bands who work around guitar chug rhythms fail to create truly heartwrenching tunes like these without resorting to boring cliches and unnatural sounding emotion. What we are essentially given here is an hour of heavy post rock, with distinct textures and atmospheres to help define and separate this band.

This album is brilliant to space out to, featuring heavy use of delays and reverbs to create dense sound mazes. The opening track features a very post-rock sound, without reverting to the typical stereotypes many associate with the genre. Throughout it's 58 minutes, there are moments of beauty (Conqueror) great sadness (Weightless & Horizontal) and melancholy regret (Medicine). The lyrics on this album are incredibly noteworthy, memorable, beautiful and appropriate to the music. Take the lyrics from the longest piece, Weightless & Horizontal for example:

Try not to lose yourself I'm way past trying I'm way past caring I'm way past hoping

Try not to lose yourself You're always needing You're always hoping Wash away your tears

Try not to lose yourself

Truly poetic and beautiful, these lyrics are heartwrenching when combined with the brilliant melody and guitar work on this track.

Although brilliant in many places, this work unfortunately falls short of true greatness, and does not strike me as a masterpiece, but remains a brilliant modern album.

4 stars.

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 Infinity by JESU album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.21 | 9 ratings

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Infinity
Jesu Experimental/Post Metal

Review by The Truth
Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

3 stars Would someone write a review for this poor album? I think I will.

Not the greatest piece of work I've ever heard but it still makes for a fairly pleasent listening experience. The almost ambient-metal this thing is really blew my mind first listen but second time (this is a flaw) it got boring.

The piece itself is a massive and epic piece of work which should recieve some credit for the sheer almost metaphorical willpower it displays. From doom metal vocals to slow ambient parts to heavy guitars that seemingly emanate into your ears, this thing trudges on for nearly 50 minutes on one wild trip.

Good recording, only problem:

First listen = WOW Second listen = Meh...

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 Silver by JESU album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2006
3.54 | 8 ratings

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Silver
Jesu Experimental/Post Metal

Review by JTP88

3 stars After hearing the album "Conqueror" I went to the "Silver" EP, as it's generally one of their most acclaimed releases. But I was disappointed, not only it remains exactly the same sound and style as "Conqueror" as the music here seems to be much more uninspired.

The EP kicks in with "Silver", the beginning with some kind of classic instrumental (I would give it a shot but I don't want to miss the target), making a very beautiful melody, well at first I didn't like this song, but it has grown on me and it's really really beautiful, although the chorus ("silver is just another gold") always in repeat ends boring me a little. My big problem with "Silver" comes next, "Star", is the last thing you could expect from Jesu. It is a upbeat and happy song and is driven by the most annoying and off-place drum beat ever! The melodies are also uninteresting and the songs seems totally off of the context of the EP, or even of the context of the band...

"Wolves" is next and comes back to the traditional sound of the band, although even slower than usual, it's a very pretty and minimal song, not outstanding but very good. And finally "Dead Eyes", it's a mostly electronic closer to the EP, interesting but it never really caught me...

It's a good release, but it seems lacking inspiration and "Star" really ruins it for me, however, even being in the same vein of "Conqueror" it is much more varied than that one.

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 Conqueror by JESU album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.91 | 18 ratings

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Jesu Experimental/Post Metal

Review by JTP88

4 stars The tags that are usually given to Jesu's music are usually, in my opinion, very wrong: Jesu is not post-rock, it is not drone and I can't really see where in the world could this be doom metal. I know, it's one of their releases and I haven't listened to the early works, but really, this is shoegaze, in its noisy and depressing tradition.

The first two songs are the most straight-forward ones, and they are quite good, the first few notes of the album are very gorgeous and build up very well. Then come the calmer songs, and my two favorite ones, both "Transfigure" and "Weightless & Horizontal" have achingly beautiful melodies and very dreamy instrumental, really delightful music.

The album is pretty regular and contains more beautiful music ("Bright Eyes"), but it doesn't vary a lot, I guess there's not too much to vary after all in this kind of music. Anyway, a beautiful album and definitely a must-ear for fans of depressive, sparse and dreamy music.

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