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Editors’ Notes

Both of the records on this expanded reissue are rooted in the beginning stages of Justin Broadrick’s Jesu project, but the Dethroned EP wasn’t wrapped until 2010. Because of this, you’re basically getting a six-year snapshot of how the singer/multi-instrumentalist shed the industrial strength shackles of Godflesh — and to a lesser extent, the post-apocalyptic productions of Techno Animal — in favor of cloudier pastures. “Metalgaze” music, if you will, although there’s more going on here than guttural guitars and the exorcised spirit of Kevin Shields, circa 1991. In the case of Jesu’s first proper record, 2004’s Heart Ache EP, Broadrick serves up a pair of 20-minute pieces that graze everything from piston-powered rhythms to sludge-caked doom riffs. Not to mention a piano progression or two. As for Dethroned, it features four tracks that hover around the seven-minute mark and err more on the staring-at-the-sun side of things. Whether this is a hint of what’s to come next or not, it’s yet another compelling chapter in the evolution of a true heavy-metal icon.

Customer Reviews

Justin is the man!

Any thing Justin makes is pure beauty! LONG LIVE THE FLESH!

Jesu's best release.

Oh my God. Finally Heartache has been re-issued. This is a absolutely phenomenal metal Ep. Both songs fuse post & industrial metal perfectly, and being both emotionally and just flat out heavy. I never heard of the Dethroned releases before, but they sure are amazing too, really Godflesh like.

The perfect balance of old and recent Jesu

I was sort of skeptic when Justin Broadrick announced that he was going to return to Jesu's original sound (aka melodic Godflesh-type of music). Having discovered Jesu as a post-metal/space rock unit (think the masterpiece that is Silver), I was not really a fan of the heavy Jesu from the beginnings. But in the end, the musical genius Mr. Broadrick succeeded in creating a great mix of all what he has so far released with Jesu. Dethroned is the clearest example of this union of past heaviness and recent beauty, but each song has something deep to offer. A great return to basics.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Jesu is another musical project spearheaded by Birmingham-based musician and producer Justin Broadrick — a fixture of England's extreme music scene since his membership in the earliest recording lineup of Napalm Death in the mid-'80s. Also an occasional member of several other bands (Head of David, Techno Animal, etc.), he is probably best known for his decade-plus leadership of pioneering industrial ensemble Godflesh. Finally having officially laid that hallowed institution to rest following...
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