Heart Ache & Dethroned
Released: Nov 2010
Label: Hydra Head Records
After the ambient detour of Pale Sketches Demixed, Justin Broadrick returns Jesu to its pummeling essence, reissuing 2004's Heart Ache EP with four extra tracks. The older tracks, 20 minutes apiece, are monolithic dirge metal laced with synths and drum machines, rich and menacing, reminiscent of early Swans' atonal clang and Big Black's controlled bite. The additions, begun in 2004 and completed in 2010, pair chugging riffs from Earth or the Melvins with synths and atmospheric vocals; the overall effect feels almost like Nirvana chopped 'n' screwed.
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