Ascension (Jesu album)

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Ascension
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Studio album by Jesu
Released10 May 2011 (2011-05-10)
Recorded20102011 at Avalanche
Genre Post-metal, shoegazing
Length61:34
Label Caldo Verde (CV013)
Producer Justin Broadrick
Jesu chronology
Christmas
(2010)
Ascension
(2011)
Everyday I Get Closer to the Light from Which I Came
(2013)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
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Metacritic 75/100 [1]
Review scores
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The A.V. Club A [3]
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The Guardian Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [5]
Metal Storm 8.3/10 [6]
Pitchfork Media 7.0/10 [7]
PopMatters 7/10 [8]
Prefix Magazine7.0/10 [9]
Revolver 3.5/5 [10]
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Ascension is the third studio album by the British post-metal band Jesu. The album was released on 10 May 2011 through Caldo Verde Records. [12] Ascension is the first full-length studio album released by Jesu since 2007's Conqueror . [7] [13] On 8 June 2011, Daymare Recordings released the album in Japan with a bonus disc containing four additional tracks unavailable on the original release. In August of 2018, the album was reissued on vinyl via American record label Robotic Empire featuring brand new mixes for each song by Justin Broadrick, as well as new mastering provided by John Golden of Golden Mastering.

Post-metal is a style of music that is rooted in heavy metal but explores approaches beyond the genre's conventions. It emerged in the 1990s through the work of bands such as Neurosis and Godflesh who transformed metal texture through experimental composition. Associated with and inspired by post-rock and post-hardcore, the genre employs the darkness and intensity of extreme metal but emphasizes atmosphere, emotion, and even "revelation", drawing on a wide range of sources including ambient, noise, psychedelic, progressive, and classical music to develop an expansive but introspective sound. Post-metal songs are typically long, with loose and layered structures that discard the verse–chorus form in favor of crescendos and repeating themes. The sound centres on guitars and drums; any vocals are usually screamed or growled and resemble an additional instrument.

Jesu (band) British post-metal band

Jesu is a British experimental band formed in 2003 by Justin Broadrick following the 2002 breakup of his band Godflesh. It is named after the last song on Hymns, the final album of Godflesh's initial run. Jesu's sound is heavily layered and textured, incorporating a diverse mix of influences. Broadrick himself has stated that "...it's very loosely speaking pop/rock/metal/electronica ... I'm intentionally writing what I consider to be coherent "pop" songs".

Caldo Verde Records is a San Francisco-based indie rock and folk record label founded by Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon frontman Mark Kozelek in 2005. The label primarily features releases by Kozelek and Sun Kil Moon, but has also released albums by Jesu, Corrina Repp, Retribution Gospel Choir, and Kath Bloom. Photographer Nyree Watts is the commissioned artist for Caldo Verde, as almost all of the releases on the label feature her photography.

Contents

Track listing

No.TitleLength
1."Fools"8:12
2."Birth Day"5:09
3."Sedatives"5:10
4."Broken Home"8:52
5."Brave New World"4:13
6."Black Lies"5:27
7."Small Wonder"7:31
8."December"7:51
9."King of Kings"6:24
10."Ascension"2:45
Total length:61:34
Japanese edition only bonus disc
No.TitleLength
1."Fools" (Alternative version)8:07
2."Birth Day" (Alternative version)5:08
3."King of Kings" (Alternative version)6:43
4."King of Pride"6:53
Total length:26:50

Personnel

Justin Broadrick Record producer, musician, singer

Justin Karl Michael Broadrick is a British singer, songwriter, guitarist and drummer. He is best known as a founding member of the band Godflesh, one of the first bands to combine elements of extreme metal and industrial music. He was briefly in the English grindcore band Napalm Death when he was a teenager in the mid-1980s, writing and recording guitar for Side One of Napalm Death's debut album, Scum. Broadrick has also maintained a parallel career as a producer, producing records and remixes for groups such as Pantera, Isis, Mogwai and Hydra Head labelmates Pelican. Since 2012, he has been releasing hard techno music under the solo moniker JK Flesh. Broadrick has set up record labels such as HeadDirt, Avalanche Recordings, Post Mortem Productions, Lo Fibre and Heartache.

Ted Parsons is an American drummer most notable for his membership in bands such as Swans, Prong, Godflesh, Killing Joke and Jesu.

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