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Album · 2005

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1. Your Path to Divinity (9:14)
2. Friends Are Evil (9:43)
3. Tired of Me (9:31)
4. We All Faulter (6:56)
5. Walk on Water (11:23)
6. Sun Day (10:03)
7. Man/Woman (9:29)
8. Guardian Angel (8:06)

Total Time: 74:29

Bonus disc
1. Your Path to Divinity (The Endless Path) (9:22)
2. Friends Are Evil (Highest Throne) (11:31)

Total Time: 20:53


- Justin Broadrick / Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Programming
- Diarmuid Dalton / Bass
- Ted Parsons / Drums

About this release

Hydra Head Records
January 25th, 2005

Released on vinyl in December 2004 by Conspiracy Records in a 2x12" edition of 1000 copies (blue vinyl x50, red vinyl x150, black vinyl x800). Also released by Hydra Head Records in 2005 as a 2x12" picture-disc vinyl in a die-cut sleeve (x1000).

Paul Neville of Loop/Chasm fame makes a guest guitar appearance on track 7.

Japanese bonus cd remixes:
9. Your Path to Divinity (The Endless Path) (11:31)
10. Friends Are Evil (Highest Throne) (9:22)

Tracks 9 and 10 are remixes and are only available on the Japanese release.

Unlike the Heartache EP, this features a full band (Ted Parsons: Drums/Percussion, Dermot Dalton/Bass tracks 1, 3, 4, 8) with a guest appearance from Paul Neville on guitars (track 7). Justin is credited for Vocals, Guitar, Bass and Programming.

All songs written and produced by Justin. Recorded and mixed at Avalanche, 2001-2004. Drums recorded in Oslo.

Thanks to bartosso for the updates

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Justin Broadrick of Godflesh and (briefly, in one of their earliest lineups) Napalm Death fame offers up the debut album of Jesu, a drone metal project exploring the sonic territory that lurks between industrial metal and a bank of overworked vacuum cleaners. Fat, doomy riffs keep things varied, but the underlying drone never ceases, it merely evolves and grumbles as it is passed from instrument to instrument. Shoegazey influences creep in here and there, particularly in the vocals, though to be honest I consider them the weakest aspect of the album. (Of all the sonic features of shoegaze you could seek to imitate, I'd say the customary shoegaze vocal style should be at the bottom of the list - it was endearing in its original context but is just irritating outside of it.)
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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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