One of the greatest things about music is that it allows you to think; it's as if music is the key to your mind and anything that is worrying you is carefully opened up to the soundtrack of music, and as you turn it off you feel relieved. When I received this album the other day, I was really excited. I have always been a enormous fan of whatever Hydra Head Records have released. I knew I would be listening to something interesting, but I couldn't have guessed that it would sound anything like this. Hydra Head is notorious for releasing material from very atmospheric bands, but Jesu is redefining the genre. Before I began writing the review, I tried to find a definition for the name of the band, and this is what I came up with: Jesu is sometimes a vocative of Jesus in English. Mastermind Justin Broadrick is relating all his wildest and vivid dreams into his music and creating magnificent characters. In all probability, Broadrick is best known for founding the influential metal band, Napalm Death. However, any Jesu fan should know by now that he has done a little revamping with his musical stylings. It's as if he put his favorite reverie, a snowy mountaintop, and every single wonderful texture in the world into a blender and out came the bands' latest release, Silver. The record opens powerfully with a whirlwind of dreary music and progresses in such an epic form it encapsulates the listener and forces them to continually listen. Broadrick's voice is dramatic and the music is larger-than-life.
Silver is a four-track album that says more than most twelve-track records. Making little use of song titles, Broadrick is able to find and use a sole word to describe each track of music that is absolutely phenomenal and grand in proportion. You have to close your eyes and imagine yourself on top of the highest peak in the world, arms spread wide open, and feeling nothing but free and uncontrolled. This is an album that is asking for you to let go of everything and allow yourself to besucked into this illusory world that Mr. Broadrick has superbly created for you. It's as if Jesu is the narrator, or the soundtrack, and/or the climax of your favorite dream. And once it all ends, all you can think about is getting back to the fantasy that was created in your head, causing you to get up and press "play" again. Silver is a record that begs to be listened to in a reflective manner. Find yourself alone, put this record on, lie down, and I can promise you that this music will make sense, and everything in your life will look just that more lucid. We all live too fast, and Broadrick has created this album in order for you to slow down.
Silver has more then one selling point, but one of the greatest throughout the album is when Jesu commences with the track "Silver." It's as if you are watching a brilliant movie and you just can't turn it off; lthough in this case, it is music, it still has the same effect. Making little use of lyrics, the listener has to rely on the music solely for a breathtaking exhibit of imagery. The honest way to describe it is Explosions In The Sky on a snowy mountaintop. Being from the English / Welsh border, it is clear how Broadick has been magnificent with creating such theatrical and touching music. "Star" makes a little bit more use of lyrics and the music has been sped up as well. You will still find yourself in one of the most colorful of your wildest dreams, except you are truly experiencing this euphoria because you are wide awake. Jesu have released a complex album that is not for the dull-minded. Silver was exclusively crafted for the free-thinkers, for the people that enjoy not only listening to music, but feeling it as it creeps up and down your body. Jesu admirably return with their astral release Silver, a record that allows you to drift off and live in a dream.
Haha... well Hydra Head is based in the U.S... I am sure that is why they decided to sign w/ them to create some sort of a buzz over here. I kow Napalm Death was signed to Century Media... but they have a label and like a bunch of countries, I think...