Jesu – Ascension

January 01, 1970

(Caldo Verde)

 

www.caldoverderecords.com

 

Though they haven’t issued a
proper full-length since 2007’s Conqueror,
Justin Broadrick’s Jesu has certainly harbored no loss of activity these last
four-odd years, releasing a string of EPs, split singles, remix projects,
reissues and a 50-minute-long track called “Infinity” that for some
strange reason isn’t being considered an album by anybody in the press.

 

And with each successive
title, the British post-metal icon has expanded the scope of his longest
running endeavor, now celebrating its 10th year sauntering along the landscape
of this planet, broadening the base of its utterly unique crossbreed of sludge
and shoegaze to include programmed beats, cascading synths and cathedral-esque
melodies smelting inside of an exploding volcano of quagmire riffs and mammoth
stomping rhythms.

 

Yet with Ascension, Broadrick picks up right where he left off with Conqueror, eschewing the adventurism of
such recent works as Pale Sketcher and the Why Are We Not Perfect EP in
favor of reaching its listener’s rawest nerve with a sense of sorrow that takes
the group’s pressurized romanticism and covers it in an ash fall of sadness
that encapsulates some of the darkest work Broadrick has delivered since the
Godflesh days. Tracks like “Fools” and the drone-like “King of Kings”,
in fact, cut closer to the cloth of the downbeat alt-rock of Red House
Painters/Sun Kil Moon mastermind Mark Kozelek, whose label Caldo Verde put out
this majestical monolith of a record, than the Creation-isms of Jesu’s past
body of work.

 

Ascension is
a haunting cloud of napalm misery that mines its moments of bleak beauty from
the murkiest depths of human suffering. 

 

DOWNLOAD: “Fools”,
“King of Kings”, “Broken Home”, “Weightless &
Horizontal” RON HART

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