Friday, 21 August 2009
Sadly, most Jesu follow-ups haven't matched the magic of this album, not that it's going to stop me going to see them in September. But JKB has recently teamed up with Aaron Turner of Isis, and the other two Jesu guys in yet another band, the aforementioned Greymachine and delivered one of his best albums in ages on their debut, Disconnected. It will certainly delight all the Godflesh fans out there as it's mixture of extreme electronics, hardcore heavy metal and raw vocals does evoke memories of Broadrick's previous industrial band. But, by continuing to bury his world-weary voice deep in the mix, and his obsession with oh-so-slow rhythms and waves of distorted guitar drone, JBK also preserves the spirit of the first Jesu album, making Disconnected both one of the heaviest and the most elegiac heavy metal albums of the new millenium. His output may be so frequent that it's hard to separate the good from the bad, but when JBK gets it right, few people can match his talents.