Few albums represent an individual and genre defining milestone as does the self titled debut from Justin Broadrick's Jesu. Combining the considerable sonic weight of Godflesh with brittle melancholy melodies in hypnotic long-form structures, it provided ample evidence of Broadrick's myriad capabilities as a song writer and ceaselessly creative musical innovator. While the eight tracks that comprise the album truly sound like no one else, they also hinted at previously unexplored areas of tenderness and subtlety. Though Jesu went on to mine those more harmonious aspects of its sound on subsequent releases to great effect, none rivaled the debut in its perfectly crafted mixture of beauty, heaviness, hope and despair. Much has happened since the arrival of this album, both for Broadrick as well as the musical world(s) he inhabits, but nothing has diminished the gleaming radiance of this darkened gem.
released December 8, 2004
justin k broadrick // guitars / vocals / bass / programming
ted parsons // drums / percussion
diarmuid dalton // bass (songs 1 / 3 / 4 / 8)
paul neville // guitars (song 7)
written and produced by justin k broadrick
recorded and mixed at avalanche 2001-2004
drums recorded at subsonic society / oslo
engineered by lars klokkerhaug and lars sorensen
photographs by jk broadrick
design and construction by a. turner / feral pig
ted parsons uses sonor drums / zildjian cymbals and drum sticks / remo drum heads.
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