on 21 April 2006
Justin Broadrick returns with his third release under the Jesu moniker, following the previous self-titled full length, also on Hydra Head. Once again, this resembles a more melodic, though still crushingly heavy, counterpoint to latter period Godflesh, with something of the dreamy, drifting ambience of 90s shoegazing - My Bloody Valentine, Loop, even a hint or two of poppier stuff like Ride and Chapterhouse. Ex-Swans man Ted Parsons provides live drums on the first track, whilst the rest feature nicely assimilated drum programming, sounding very natural in this electronically enhanced context, losing some of the rigid, militant industrial/martial type rhythms that characterised much of Broadrick's earlier work.
This is a pleasingly diverse EP, finding time for beautiful vocoder-enhanced vocals (Mr.Broadrick's clean vocals sounding better than ever here, it must be noted), filthy distorted synths, sky-sweeping melodies and, heaven forbid, even a fast song (well, fast in places...)! If there is a criticism to be made of this record, it comes with 'Wolves', the third track, which seems to rather blatantly recycle a riff from the 'Heart Ache' EP. But what the hell, when you have a back catalogue as rich and varied as Justin Broadrick, the odd bit of self-referential riffery can be forgiven. Apparently, this record was inspired by the countryside around Broadrick's home on the English/Welsh borders, and is, in the words of the man himself, "perfect for drifting off and smoking too much dope to". 'Monolithic' seems to sum it up. Great stuff...
on 12 February 2007
firstly, i wuld like to draw your attention to the Japanese version of this release with 2 extra tracks.
An amazing remix of Silver, and the original mix of Wolves, which are both stunning, available from: [...]
The suprise shocker on this ep is Star. Although i have rated this ep 5stars, this track does let it down for me as its a bit too happy and upbeat, and lets face it, you dont listen to Jesu to feel happy and jump around. But in general the crushing bass drones and sonic ambient assault coupled with Justin's melodic vocals make Jesu one of my all time favourite bands after Godflesh. And long may he reign.
The third Jesu release the four track `Silver' mini-album is a typically hypnotic mix of electronic soundscapes and crushing guitars (with the guitar tone here being so heavy any death metal band would kill for it). The track which most surprises here is `Star', where the addition of a fast drum beat to Justin's clean vocals reveals a surprisingly melodic pop/punk sound, but the band are to be congratulated for trying to stretch their sound. Over the course of their full-length album I found Jesu could be disappointingly repetitive in their four-chord structured songwriting formula, but as with their `Heartache' EP `Silver' is recommended as a great blissed out version of Godflesh.