Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Jesuit - 2011 Discography

Band : Jesuit
Album : Discography
Release Year : 2011
Genre : Mathcore | Sludge | Experimental
Tracklist : 
1 Car Crash Lullaby
2 Your Sharp Teeth
3 Cop Glasses
4 Hole in the Sky
5 Servitude
6 The Malady
7 Suicide King
8 Tranzor Z
9 The Smooth Talking Son of a Bitch
10 Trigger
11 Canonize
12 Expatriate

It’s not often that “legendary” groups go without a major release until an ultimate posthumous collection of their works, and one which surfaces nearly fifteen years after their demise. Such is the case for hardcore act, Jesuit, a group which for years has had many scouring the internet for any scrap or morsel of information. This is all in hopes to uncover something, or anything from the group that produced musicians that would later go on to form Converge and The Dillinger Escape Plan--legendary bands in their own right. Hailing from Virginia, the DIY band existed for a short while in the mid 90’s, playing their frenetic act to cramped crowds in stuffy basements, eliciting chaos and pandemonium at each stop whilst stripping the genre down to its most bare and raw sensibilities.

However, the public at large has not been exposed to the band so many revere as “groundbreaking.” And really, how could they, after all, 2011’s Discography is Jesuit’s first, and only major release. A side from some 7”, demo tapes, and EP’s, the band’s music has been pretty difficult to get a hold of. It’s better late than never it seems, for the people at Magic Bullet Recordings have released Discography, with all twelve of the band’s tracks. Yet if this weren’t sweet enough, all tracks have been re-mastered- polished and refined by none other than Kurt Ballou, of Converge fame, at his esteemed God City recording studio. With so much going in its favor, it seems that the stars have aligned for this release, but does it live up to the expectations?
Yes, Discography meets those expectations, and in some respects, actually exceeds them.

What’s so impressive about the record is how fresh it actually sounds. It’s visceral and coarse, but underneath the musical violence and chaos is something exceptionally well thought out and wonderfully executed. The band is accredited with infusing a sense of “unpredictability” into the scene, and it’s easy to see why, as each of the album’s twelve tracks stand out as wholly unique from one another. This is thanks in part to Jesuit’s ability to seamlessly move from one style to the next, all while keeping the same consistency. What really stands out as unique, however, is the way Discography is set up. The songs follow a reverse chronological order, meaning that the band’s latest material is actually at the front of the album, while the band’s demo tape material is located at the end. It’s interesting, really, as the listener is able to back-track the band’s evolution, all the way to their earliest days.

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