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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Jesu
Conqueror
Hydra Head

Rating: 8.8/10 ?


April 6, 2007
For those drawn to the darkest corners of metal in the 1980s and early '90s, Justin Broadrick is best known as a founder of the pioneering British grindcore band Napalm Death and the driving force behind Godflesh, the industrial-metal act responsible for the crushingly weighty Streetcleaner, one of the style's few undisputed masterpieces. Since that time, Broadrick has taken on numerous projects, including the unfortunately named Techno Animal and the ambient-leaning Final, but his work under the guise of Jesu is by far the most intriguing of his 21st-century endeavors.

On Conqueror, his second full-length studio album as Jesu, Broadrick takes the dense atmosphere, fierce guitar riffs, and pummeling rhythms of Godflesh, and filters them through a swirling shoegazer lens, bringing to mind a haze-soaked fusion of Ferment-era Catherine Wheel and early-'70s Black Sabbath. (In fact, Broadrick's flat, echo-laden vocals often recall both Catherine Wheel frontman Rob Dickinson and Ozzy Osbourne.) While the entirety of Conqueror seems like one extended piece, highlights of the ebbing and flowing eight-song set include the majestic opening track, which unfurls with luminous grace, and "Weightless & Horizontal," a dreamy 10-minute mini-epic, replete with Eno-esque keyboard washes, that fully reveals Jesu's kinship with post-rock groups such as Mogwai and Sigur Rós. Arguably Broadrick's finest and most fully realized outing since Streetcleaner, Conqueror will readily appeal to fans of the aforementioned bands, and easily stands out as one of early 2007's best--and heaviest--indie-rock records.

Reviewed by Eric Schneider
A freelance writer and editor based in Saratoga Springs, New York, Eric Schneider is a regular contributor to LAS.

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