Something old, something new
Jesu has a new/old release out today, though, and it's pretty good. Maybe reuniting Godflesh for European festival shows has turned him back in a metal direction. Heart Ache & Dethroned combines Jesu's first EP, from 2004, and four brand-new songs on a two-CD set from Hydra Head, and it really shows the group at its heaviest. The two tracks on Heart Ache each ran about 20 minutes, and were performed entirely by Broadrick. The title track sounds like a Godflesh outtake (from the Pure era) for more than half its running time. As it goes on, it becomes more of a drifting, Cure/MBV thing, but the progression feels organic, like it's the sound of him transforming from one phase of development to another. The second track starts in a worrisome manner, with piano and acoustic guitar, before another Godflesh-esque riff comes in. This one doesn't get all lush until its last five minutes, and winds down with acoustic guitar and atmospheric keyboards.
The four songs that make up Dethroned are, again, crushingly heavy, but they're shorter—roughly seven minutes each. And while the vocals are clean (if treated with reverb and echo) rather than barked, the guitars (on the first two, anyway) are downtuned and the riffs grind like a bulldozer trying to dig itself out of a pit of wet gray clay: vintage Broadrick. The last two songs, "Aureated Skin" and "I Can Only Disappoint You," are softer and more depressive, but still good stuff. These songs were originally written and begun in 2003-2004, the same time-span as Heart Ache, but weren't finished until this year. Whether he's finished them and put them out in order to be done with them, or as a signal that this is the direction Jesu will be heading in future, is unclear. But I like these four songs, even the ballady "I Can Only Disappoint You," more than I've liked anything else by Jesu since the band's self-titled CD in 2005. So, recommended.
First taste of new album "The Wörld is Yours"
On December 14, the album will be released in the UK as part of a deluxe package consisting of the CD and a special Motörhead tribute edition of Classic Rock magazine, retailing for 15 pounds (roughly $25). The regular edition of the album will reach UK record stores on January 17, and be available January 18 here in the US. During the recording process, guitarist Phil Campbell's father passed away, forcing him to return to Wales. He recorded much of his part from there, while Lemmy and drummer Mikkey Dee did their work in Los Angeles.
Here's the track listing:
01. Born to Lose
02. I Know How to Die
03. Get Back in Line
04. Devil's in My Head
05. Rock 'n' Roll Music
06. Waiting for the Snake
07. Brotherhood of Man
09. I Know What You Need
10. Bye Bye Bitch Bye Bye
And here's the album cover:
Win free Metal Blade CDs!
Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, traditionally known as the biggest shopping day of the year, and this year, it falls on 11/26, two weeks from today. Stores participating in Metal Club will be selling a variety of limited-edition items, including the following:
Metallica, Live at Grimey's CD/10"
Slayer, "World Painted Blood" 7" (with previously unreleased B-side "Atrocity Vendor")
Anthrax, Live at the Sonisphere picture disc
The Damned Things, "Ironiclast/We've Got A Situation Here" 7"/CD single
The Sword, "(The Night The Sky Cried) Tears of Fire" hexagonal picture disc
Job for a Cowboy, Ruination limited edition 3x10" vinyl/CD box set
Other releases by Monster Magnet, Ozzy Osbourne and more are planned, too.
Now to the giveaway. I've got a bunch of CDs from Metal Blade Records available, three of which (chosen at random) I will give to three people who correctly answer some trivia questions. The CDs are: Hail of Bullets, On Divine Winds; System Divide, The Conscious Sedation; Return To Earth, Automata; Allegation, Fragments of Form and Function; Bison BC, Dark Ages; Dawn of Ashes, Genocide Chapters; Lightning Swords of Death, The Extra Dimensional Wound.
So here are the questions:
1. What metal band (hint: they're one of the Big Four) has a song called "Black Friday"?
2. What's the name of The Sword's recently departed drummer, and what basketball player shares his last name (but is not related to him)?
3. Hail of Bullets' vocalist, Martin van Drunen, gets around; name three other bands he's fronted.
Email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org. Winners will be chosen at random, as will their prizes. Contest ends in one week. Good luck!
Remembering the horrors of war
Here are the lyrics:
16 years old when I went to the war
To fight for a land fit for heroes
God on my side, and a gun in my hand
Chasing my days down to zero
And I marched and I fought and I bled and I died
And I never did get any older
But I knew at the time that a year in the line
Is a long enough life for a soldier
We all volunteered, and we wrote down our names
And we added two years to our ages
Eager for life and ahead of the game
Ready for history's pages
And we brawled and we fought and we whored 'til we stood
Ten thousand shoulder to shoulder
A thirst for the Hun, we were food for the gun
And that's what you are when you're soldiers
I heard my friend cry, and he sank to his knees
Coughing blood as he screamed for his mother
And I fell by his side, and that's how we died
Clinging like kids to each other
And I lay in the mud and the guts and the blood
And I wept as his body grew colder
And I called for my mother and she never came
Though it wasn't my fault and I wasn't to blame
The day not half over and ten thousand slain
And now there's nobody remembers our names
And that's how it is for a soldier
"It's a bit of an odd-shaped room, I admit," booker Jason Aukes told the Star-Tribune. "But his booking agent and management knew exactly what to expect—and he would have, too, if he and gotten up off his butt and come down here earlier instead of making his crew set up all their gear for nothing...One of the reasons he's down to playing rooms this small is because he acts like this."