Conqueror Review

artist: Jesu date: 10/03/2007 category: compact discs
Jesu: Conqueror
Release Date: Feb 19, 2007
Genres: Drone Metal, Post-Rock/Experimental
Label: Hydra Head
Number Of Tracks: 8
There are eight cuts on "Conqueror", all of them deeply melodic, ploddingly slow, and emotionally melancholic.
 Sound: 8
 Lyrics: 7
 Overall Impression: 8
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overall: 7.7
Conqueror Reviewed by: profitofdoom114, on october 03, 2007
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Sound: I never thought I'd see the day where a former member of Napalm Death would be in a band that has keyboards and actual singing. But here comes Justin Broadrick with his band Jesu. Broadrick handles the vocal duties as well as the guitar and all of the programming. The band is rounded out with bassist Diarmuid Dalton and drummer Ted Parsons. Described as drone/doom and ambient music, Jesu take it far beyond that. Their heavy and droning riffs accompanied with slow drum beats make songs have a huge wall of sound. // 8

Lyrics: The programming and Broadrick's vocals make the music. While the riffs are crushing, the programming adds a lot of ambiance and Broadrick's voice makes it very melodic serving as an instrument itself. I don't know what to say about the lyrics. While listening to the music, it was the last thing I was thinking about. The focus is more on the music and the melody of Broadrick's voice rather than paying attention to the lyrics. // 7

Overall Impression: All of the tracks on Conqueror last at least five minutes, and to some the music may get monotonous. But if you stay along for the ride, you'll discover the musicianship and songwriting skills of the band members. They can blend riffs that metal heads would approve of with keyboards close to The Get Up Kids. It's not only easy to listen to, but enjoyable. // 8

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