Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Jesu / Eluvium - Split

This release is limited to a mere 4000 copies, which is a shame because it really shows the direction Justin Broderick seems to be taking Jesu's music. While I loved Conqueror, it didn't seem to be that big of a step forward when compared to previous album, Silver. These new tracks show Broderick almost completely leaving his metal roots behind him. All three tracks are thickly layered with keyboards and drum machines, and are as beautiful and lush as anything Broderick has done under the Jesu name. The lone Eluvium track is a slow burning 20 minute ambient number that while at times interesting, didn't do a whole lot for me. Thank god we live in a digital age so that more than 4000 people will get a chance to enjoy this record.

- Steve

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