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Jesu – Conquerer (Hydra Head) 2007

Posted in Jesu, metal, Music with tags , , on March 21, 2010 by noisenoisenoise

Ok, I know I said that Ducks Battle Satan would only be about records I liked but this release by Jesu has me fucked.

I’ve skirted around the edges of post-metal in an attempt to understand what the big fucking deal is. It’s all pleasant enough but I’m still waiting for that truly great post-metal album to grab me and engage me. I like the Isis and Pelican records I own but I was hoping that  Jesu were the real deal.  I was wrong.

Does anyone really think it is a great idea to create a new genre of shoegazing metal?  I lived the whole shoegazing thing. I had the Ride, Bleach, Slowdive and Chapterhouse records, I’m not proud of it but I did. Christ I even had those Lush EPs. I had the fringe that was somewhere south of my chin, I was skinny and had those pants that were a bit too big.

Now maybe I didn’t get the memo, but in 2007  was it time for some kind of revival? When I first played this I thought, “Ooh metal chords, a bit like Isis – great.”  But then those reed thin vocals started and it was like 1990 all over again. I don’t get it. What the fuck am I missing? Or is this post-metal stuff really just shoegazing for people with tattoos?

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