Christmas (Jesu EP)

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Christmas
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EP by Jesu
Released 9 December 2010 (2010-12-09)(download)
27 November 2012 (2012-11-27)(CD and vinyl)
Genre Post-metal, drone, ambient
Length28:27 (original) 35:12 (Remaster+)
Label Robotic Empire, Avalanche
Jesu chronology
Heart Ache/ Dethroned
(2010)
Christmas
(2010)
Ascension
(2011)

Christmas is the sixth EP release by the post-metal band Jesu. It was released digitally on December 9, 2010, via Avalanche Recordings. [1] The EP contains the track "Christmas", along with two remixes of the song, mixed by Justin Broadrick's side projects Pale Sketcher and Final. [1] [2]

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.

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Contents

A limited CD and vinyl edition with 500 copies was released by Robotic Empire on 27 November 2012. [3] [4]

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According to Broadrick, the EP was inspired by "the onset of the Christmas period and the onset of emotions and feelings of nostalgia, joy and sadness that the period often evokes". [1] The title song, "Christmas", was described as "a frosty, sun-glinted, dreamy, nine-minute snowglobe dirge" by Spin. [4]

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Track listing

All tracks written by Justin Broadrick.

No.TitleLength
1."Christmas"8:44
2."Christmas (JK Flesh Remix)" (only on the Remaster+ version)6:45
3."Christmas (Pale Sketcher remix)"5:32
4."Christmas (Final remix)"14:11
Total length:35:12

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