Music » CD Reviews

Jesu

Conqueror (Hydra Head)

by

comment
Midway through Conqueror, Jesu's sophomore effort, a trio of songs ("Weightless and Horizontal," "Medicine," and "Brighteyes") moves in such narcotically slo-mo circles that you can actually feel yourself OD-ing behind a dumpster in Toledo. Or maybe it just sounds like a My Bloody Valentine record played backward? Either way, this is very loud music to take drugs to.

Since the 2002 demise of Godflesh, leader Justin Broadrick's previous beast, Jesu has served as the outlet for shoegazing metal. The guy helped form Napalm Death when he was 15 and, with Godflesh, sketched out much of the playing field for industrial metal, but right from the start, Jesu started moving away from the rigorous grindcore of Broadrick's earlier groups, adding druggy vocal melodies and purposefully stunted tempos to a meditative degree. The first album, 2005's Jesu, is like mystical doom, with a nine-minute opener, goofy lyrics, and everything else. Conqueror, however, is way less demanding -- even pretty at times. It's not really metal, though. In fact, it's like a Bitch Magnet album, if anyone is ancient enough to remember that band. Whatever. The point is that the album pushes Broadrick even further from his last point of reference, which is something he's been doing ever since he was a teenager -- constantly growing out of styles and moving on, whether fans are ready or not.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.