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Editors’ Notes

Birmingham, England’s Justin Broadrick is known for his membership in Napalm Death and Godflesh. However, his Jesu project has been quite the surprise. Broadrick still enjoys songs of epic length, but the musical attack has opened up quite a bit. Ascension is a thoughtfully calibrated album that deals in pure song forms. The vocals are often either submerged under the music or barely above it to create a ghostly effect that pushes up the ambience. For this reason alone, it’s important for songs like “Fools,” “Broken Home” and “December” to keep their length. Most amazing is the tuneful nature of the tracks. “Birth Day” would be a near-conventional pop hit for a Goth label such as 4AD Records. In other news, the album title perfectly reflects the spiritual nature of the album. It is the sound of a soul reaching forward, making greater connection with the world outside. The shock and awe is in each song’s majestic beauty. Highly recommended.

Customer Reviews

Jesu keeps on ascending

Ascension pretty much takes off where the Opiate Sun EP ended. Like that EP, the music is more post-like and with the raw yet great production. This album has pleanty of heavy riffs and beautiful experimentation, plus there's a lot of acoustic-esque guitar making the album very ballad-like. The songs are rather heavy and emotionally too. More electronics/keyboards are in the music too, much like the Conqueror album. To kind of sum up this album, it's much like Conqueror & Opiate Sun, so if you really like those releases, and Jesu in general, you should definitely check Ascension out.

Still Got It

If you enjoyed "Conqueror" then you'll love this album just as much. It's the same formula as "Conqueror" except it seems darker and more depressing then "Conqueror" was. Still has its metal roots and is still very heavy. Defiantely going on my end of the year list.

Ascension

An album that conumes you in the foggy atmosphere of the cover art, Ascension leaves you wandering through a foggy maze while occasionally seeing artifacts of the past, problems of the present, and hints of the future. Like Opiate Sun, it's best played on foggy, mellow mornings. Justin's vocals are even sadder than that EP and on songs like Broken Home, he really makes you feel the loss and pain in the music. It's not all doom and gloom though; Brave New World actually helped inspire me to get through the upcoming months. Also check out Small Wonder and King of Kings, those two deserve attention. There are no weak songs here though, I even liked the instrumental outro. Production is raw but great. The only problem is the drums barely keep up with the guitar, but still an excellent album if you liked Opiate Sun.

Biography

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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