Release Date: October 27th, 2009
Justin Broadrick first emerged as a force in music as part of the band Napalm Death in the mid eighties. He then formed Godflesh which cemented his place in a genre which is variously known as extreme, grindcore or just new metal. There are however, many arrows in Justin Broadrick’s quiver. Over the last twenty years he has maintained a series of projects ranging in musical style from punk to industrial to the layered, melodic atmospherics of his current band, Jesu and it’s newest release, an EP called ‘Opiate Sun’. This ability to step outside the confines of musical convention sets him apart creatively from other writer musicians who have been working in his field over this period. Despite, or perhaps because of this stylistic diversity he has attracted an obsessively loyal fanbase and a reliably positive response from critics. The question is always, How does he sound so light while staying so heavy?
Jesu’s output has been spasmodic but of a uniform high quality. All instruments are played by Justin Broadrick and apart from the occasionally guest vocalist (Jarboe from The Swans) he handles all vocals. Two traditional sequenced albums, ‘Jesu’ in 2004, and ‘Conqueror’ in 2007 plus an album length song, ‘Infinity’, in July 2009 have been intertwined with a number of EPs. In 2008 Jesu issued one EP, ‘Why Are We Not Perfect?’ and contributed to two more split EPs with other bands. ‘Opiate Sun’ is the only Jesu release in 2009 aside from ‘Infinity’.
‘Opiate Sun’ will be released in the US and UK on Mark Kozelek’s Caldo Verde Records home of Mark’s own Sun Kil Moon and other transformative musical endeavors. Mark was captured by the strength of Justin’s performance when he saw him live in San Francisco in 2007. Therefore he was only too happy to help out when the opportunity arose to be involved in this important project.
Justin Broadrick is a native of Birmingham, England and resides in Wales. He has produced or remixed releases by Pantera, Isis, and Pelican. He also runs his own label, Avalanche Inc.
1. Losing Streak
2. Opiate Sun
4. Morning Light
Toen met die tour met isis in 2005 ofzo had ik daarvan het laatste exemplaar gekocht in de 013 (van die druk van tenminste), er stonden toen een hoop chagrijnige mensen achter mequote:Op donderdag 13 augustus 2009 14:19 schreef On het volgende:
Ik ben nogsteeds op zoek naar de s/t op vinyl trouwens.
Hehe, grappig dat de laatste paar alinea's gaan over Justin die over iTunes loopt te zeiken, en onder het interview een linkje staat naar jesu op iTunes.quote:Op donderdag 13 augustus 2009 09:25 schreef bartrid het volgende:
En nog een interessant interview om te lezen:
http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/13389-disconnected/quote:On paper, Greymachine should be great. Justin Broadrick and Aaron Turner are two of the most influential rock musicians today. The former masterminded industrial metal behemoth Godflesh; now he helms shoegazer rock band Jesu. The latter fronts atmospheric metal outfit Isis, perhaps the most imitated metal band today. Greymachine also includes Broadrick collaborators Dave Cochrane (Head of David, Ice) and Diarmuid Dalton (Jesu). Broadrick has said that Greymachine taps into his aggressive side-- welcome news for long-suffering Godflesh fans. Combined with people from Broadrick's musical present and past, such intent raises interesting possibilities.
Unfortunately, Greymachine does not realize them. Contrary to hype, it is not Jesu + Isis. It has none of the pretty melodies of either. In fact, Broadrick's collaborators might as well have been absent. This sounds like a Broadrick project through and through, just not a fully fleshed out one. Songs often start with hoover bass lines-- a throwback to Broadrick's days producing drum 'n' bass 12"s in the 1990s under pseudonyms-- then wander through hazes of slow beats and guitars with loads of effects. The bass lines are bracing enough, but their power dissipates as songs go nowhere. Broadrick's production skills are peerless, and cool noises wind throughout the album. But cool noises do not make for songs. These tracks exhaust their ideas long before their running times, often eight minutes or more. The album feels like a collection of demos-- for a Godflesh remix EP, perhaps, or for Broadrick's earlier beat-oriented projects like Techno Animal or Ice. It was assembled via email, and sounds like it. The title is apt.
Greymachine wastes the talents of Broadrick and Turner. Perhaps it could have been more focused had they sat in the same room and hashed out songs the old-fashioned way. Maybe Turner's melodic sense would have come through. Maybe Broadrick would have worked up actual riffs. The lack of riffing has been his greatest weakness since ending Godflesh. His Jesu and Final projects revolve around chords and melodies and textures. Sometimes these work, but often others do them better. Riffs are distillations of purpose. They occupy the midrange and can almost act like voices. Since Broadrick left riffing behind, his work has felt scattered. It often has mammoth low end, clouds of high end, and emptiness in between.
— Cosmo Lee, August 31, 2009
Hier gratis te downloaden.quote:09.15.09 Release of the first 2 volumes of 'Avalanche on
Play, a tribute to JK Broadrick', a compilation featuring 24 bands from all over the world.
Meer schaamteloze spam: de kerstversie, Avalanchers on Sleigh is hier te downloaden. Kerstcovers en originele nummers.quote:Op maandag 21 september 2009 21:04 schreef bartrid het volgende:
En nog een interessant interview:
Hij kan dus van z'n muziek leven.
En nog een stukje schaamteloze spam:
Hier gratis te downloaden.