Music / Jesu

Jesu is a British Drone Metal / Shoegazing band consisting of Justin K. Broadrick (also of Industrial Metal band Godflesh and formerly of Napalm Death), Diarmuid Dalton, and Ted Parsons.

The band is known for their lengthy, surprisingly soothing "metalgaze." Broadrick's lyrics are both personal and political, and somehow work for the genre. Shoegazing is known for being difficult in making a message in the music, seeing as vocals are usually not really worked with. Somehow Jesu succeeds in giving their music "something to say."

Their 3 albums and several EPs have gotten critical recognition matching shoegaze legends My Bloody Valentine. To say that this band is epic is an understatement.

Band members (Current):
  • Justin Broadrick: Vocals, guitar, bass, electronics
  • Diarmuid Dalton: Bass
  • Ted Parsons: Drums

Band members (Past):
  • Phil Petrocelli: Drums
  • Aaron Harris: Drums (Live)
  • Danny Walker: Drums (Live)
  • Dave Cochran: Bass

  • Heart Ache (EP, 2004)
  • Jesu (2005)
  • Silver (EP, 2006)
  • Conqueror (2007)
  • Sundown/Sunrise (EP, 2007)
  • Lifeline (EP, 2007)
  • Why Are We Not Perfect (EP, 2008)
  • Infinity (2009)
  • Opiate Sun (EP, 2009)
  • Christmas (EP, 2010)
  • Ascension (2011)
  • Every Day I Get Closer to the Light From Which I Came (2013)
  • Jesu / Sun Kil Moon (Collaboration, 2016)

Jesu contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Christmas Episode: They have a Christmas EP.
  • Dream Team: They released a collaboration album with the folk rock band Sun Kil Moon, with Jesu providing the music and Sun Kil Moon providing all the vocals. Most agreed it turned out pretty well.
  • Epic Rocking: Many, many times. Most of their songs are over 7 minutes long, with a few surpassing 15 minutes, and the one song Infinity EP being 40 minutes in total.
  • I Am the Band: Justin Broadrick is the only constant member of Jesu as well as the sole composer of the band, with various other members providing instrumentation either live or in the studio.
  • Lighter and Softer: They can basically be seen as Godflesh minus the harsher, darker elements.
  • Limited Lyrics Song: Most of their songs will just repeat a couple lines of lyrics over and over for the duration.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Their lyrics are quite depressing despite how soothing their music sounds.
  • Perishing Alt-Rock Voice: Works surprisingly well against metal.
  • Self-Titled Album: They have one.