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Jesu Conqueror


1. Conqueror 2. Old Year 3. Transfigure 4. Weightless & Horizontal 5. Medicine 6. Brighteyes 7. Mother Earth 8. Stanlow
2007 Hydra Head Records
Our score 6

by Cory
1/24/2007

The beginning of a new year always reminds music fans of the endless possibilities that lay ahead. New artists will inevitably emerge and perennial favorites will hopefully remind us why we consider ourselves fans to begin with. Jesu's Conqueror is the first official release of 2007 to cross my desk and I couldn't imagine a better way to start the year. Since the release of their debut EP in 2004, Justin Broadrick and company have consistently been producing some of the most captivating and challenging music around. While their first album combined droning bass with delicate melody, their last release, Silver, saw the band hone their melodic tendencies much more precisely than their heavier ones. Conqueror fits into the band's progression well and is sure to build on the band's rapidly growing fan base, but there's definitely something missing for me. The first time I put in Jesu's self-titled album, I was both frustrated and delighted by songs that spent minutes of droning introduction building to the eventual introduction of a vocal line or melody. That element, along with the juxtaposition of ugly, harsh tones with lighter, prettier ones, were what made that album stick out to me and it has been an album that grows on me with every listen. With Conqueror, Jesu most of their atonal tendencies and allowed the shoegaze element hinted at on Silver to take over in the songwriting. I can't say that it doesn't work for them, but I can say that it's not a direction I'm particularly fond of. Would I love to see them cover Ride's "Vapour Trail" live Absolutely. Is it what I want their albums to sound like Not really. There are parts of this record that sound like 90's rock band Hum on morphine. "Mother Earth" actually seems to incorporate part of Cheap Trick's "Surrender" into the end. What the fuck As Jesu have changed, I've been right there with them, cheering their ability to set themselves apart and innovate. Conqueror is another logical step, but it's a definite step backwards in terms of complexity. This time around there is no real interplay between the light and the loud. Instead, the deep driving rhythms are only a base upon which the miles of echoing reverb are built. Even the lyrics here feel simplified, as exemplified in "Weightless & Horizontal" with the repetition of the line "Try not to lose yourself" for minutes. Like the album itself, it's not an altogether bad concept, there's just very little conflict or much to get excited about. Bottom Line: For the first time in their career, Jesu have released something I can't entirely get behind. As a fan of the group, I understand where they're coming from and how they got here, but that doesn't mean I have to be happy about it. Perhaps there's a certain novelty to a drawn-out, droning seven minute pop song with massive low end, but it's nowhere near as engaging as the band's earlier material. Conqueror has numerous breathtaking moments and crushing ones as well, but all too often the disc is just uninspired. By most standards, this is still a good record, but it falls a bit flat by comparison to their other output.

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oopsbrokemyhip_ 1/24/2007 3:28:45 PM

should have got a 7 based on the review...6 is too low


notorious_dob_ 1/24/2007 3:38:06 PM

i completely agree with the review, good job cory


deadwithfear_ 1/24/2007 3:48:47 PM

i don't agree with this review. the lyrics feel simplified??? uhh...take a look at his previous work. jesu lyrics have always been simple, dumbass.


dubs_ 1/24/2007 4:07:04 PM

shit, i wish someone else had reviewed it simply because i already read the same thing when cory posted it on the board. i had a feeling a lot of these bands would have not as good follow ups. red sparowes new one, while good, isn't as good as at the soundless dawn. ditto pelican's new album too. both are still good but the debuts are amazing


xgothamwillburnx_ 1/24/2007 4:10:02 PM

I I I I I I I I me, me me me me it's not the album I wanted. I I I I I me me me me me me


TheJamesDeanTrio_ 1/24/2007 4:18:49 PM

This album is amazing along with the 3 albums before this one. I'M FRUSRATED


a_ 1/24/2007 4:40:39 PM

A 6 is ridiculously low for this album. The first album is a 10. The initial Heartache EP and Silver are both 9's, as is Conqueror. Nothing could live up to the debut...How anybody could be "frustrated" by the first album is beyond me


Cory_ 1/24/2007 5:04:27 PM

I'm frustrated by the lack of breakdowns


littlemac_ 1/24/2007 6:08:26 PM

how could you not mention how great transfigure is. shit review


dante_ 1/24/2007 6:43:55 PM

classic cory, shit review.


xtroyx_ 1/24/2007 7:55:16 PM

half way through it at the moment.. so far seems like a 7 rather than 6. transfigure is a great track. i enjoy the first full length too much though, so i think it takes away from this record (which is not a good thing to do of course, but it can't be helped). conqueror (album) makes me want to listen to hum instead.


electrodrop_ 1/24/2007 8:39:04 PM

I dig the shoegaze part of the band so it gets a 9.


anonymous 1/24/2007 10:13:11 PM

i liked the last Jesu album a lot...this one is booooring


the oil_ 1/24/2007 10:20:03 PM

i'm sure it'll be fine, dwep your life cory


darthdeathstar_ 1/24/2007 11:01:08 PM

its the shit. gay cory.


vcreationv_ 1/24/2007 11:36:39 PM

BULLSHIT SHENANIGANS!! this album is easily an 8. f*ckin cory. D:


Better Than You_ 1/24/2007 11:46:21 PM

Lambgoat needs to hire someone new. Cory, you are a degenerate knucklehead. Yea, I called you a knucklehead. The first album is "frustrating"? Apparently, your vocabulary went out the window along with your spirit. If you're going to approach a Jesu record without your heart strained widely open, then you ought to pass over it, and review something less esoteric.


anonymous 1/25/2007 12:08:53 AM

cory reviews suck.


hannah_ 1/25/2007 12:14:56 AM

sad this is a great record deserves at least an 8...it's so uplifting.


Cory_ 1/25/2007 12:29:34 AM

sck a dck, join pahardcore.com, go write reviews for them, get no comments back, come back to reading my reviews on lambgoat.com and suck me off


bigego_ 1/25/2007 12:33:18 AM

the best part of the review is "What the f*ck?" sounds like a good review though ,i gotta listen now


grudgeagainstastranger_ 1/25/2007 1:04:14 AM

i was bummed. not what i was expecting. heartache e.p.-9/10 s/t-10/10 silver-8/10 conqueror-7/10 the shoegazy stuff was cool on "silver" but i didn't think it needed to be elaborated on anymore. i liked it when he would spend 4 years perfecting a record. it seems rushed, and relatively uninspiring. i love the first two songs, however.


mrpheeny_ 1/25/2007 1:29:49 AM

why is corey's dck soo soo tiny? not to mention his reviews are bullshit!


fuck_ 1/25/2007 1:31:12 AM

kinda like dj shadow's outsider of drone...ie, we expected awesome, we got cat shit, comparatively speaking of course.


anonymous 1/25/2007 5:57:25 AM

"sck a dck, join pahardcore.com, go write reviews for them, get no comments back, come back to reading my reviews on lambgoat.com and suck me off" You have a dck?


anonymous 1/25/2007 6:03:08 AM

First you bag just about everything that doesn't fit your definition of 'progressive', then when a band does something progressive you go ahead and bag them anyway. Smoke a dck.


arty_mcfarty_ 1/25/2007 6:49:36 AM

cory you are such a f*cking homo seriously webby needs to get some better reviewers ASAP


Santos L Helper_ 1/25/2007 7:54:13 AM

Was pretty disappointed with this release. Silver's mix of pop melody, pacing and shoegaze guitar licks was amazing. This is like a really f*cking lazy attempt at a whole album in the same vein. There are some good bits, but I can't argue with a 6.


RobertRedford_ 1/25/2007 8:26:16 AM

This sounds like a perfect recipe to me: "droning seven minute pop song with massive low end". This should have been an 8 or 7 for sure.


Santos L Helper_ 1/25/2007 8:28:28 AM

But nothing ever even remotely reaches the pop melodies of the first two tracks of Silver. It's annoying.


CuntSnot_ 1/25/2007 9:12:26 AM

I disagree completly... but whatever, Cory has a right to an opinion... 8/10


bastardiser_ 1/25/2007 1:19:56 PM

6/10 is way too low for this album This review gets a 1/10. And that might be too high.


yay-zoo_ 1/25/2007 6:21:04 PM

cory, you c-ck-sucking piece of shit. stop acting like such a hard-ass and give good albums better scores. 6/10 means this is one step better than bleeding through or whatever else gays listen to these days. i say you pull that black dildo out of your ears and start appreciating good music when you hear it. eat my shit and lick my dog's balls, you c-m-guzzling gay.


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unders_core_ 1/26/2007 4:12:57 PM

cory, you suck. learn how to listen to music you gay.


Whoa_ 1/27/2007 9:19:47 AM

the 2005 self titled album was f*cking horrible. If this got a 6 and you claim this isn't much better than that...I guess this record is probably f*cking horrible? I'm gonna give it a listen to anyways though and make that decision for myself.


Sweet Tits_ 1/27/2007 2:38:52 PM

6/10 was being polite. This record sucks.


arsonaut_ 1/29/2007 9:11:56 PM

yeah.. this album is seriously lacking


Ryne_ 1/30/2007 9:23:39 PM

Their lyrics are always simple. It's obvious that they only have a few key things to say, and they mean it that way.


shane_ 2/2/2007 8:48:36 PM

opener "Conqueror" is f*cking great


Tom_ 2/3/2007 2:00:38 PM

First album s0lid 10 this one 8.Agree with the review.