Reviewed: August 2020
Released: 2020, Redefining Darkness Records
Reviewer: Andrew Shirley
Detroit’s Jesus Wept come storming through with their new release “Apartheid Redux”, a re-recording of their debut digital-only EP “Crushing Apartheid” released in 2017, along with two new tracks previously unreleased.
It’s made very clear from the start that these guys are big ‘Heartwork”-era Carcass fans, and let’s be fair, who isn’t? The thing that helps them be different is that the addition of the Death-N-Roll pace, showing that they are comfortable in a slower tempo, with only one flash of forty seconds of blasting mayhem and brutal gutturals on the second track, “Drowning In Holy Water”.
With the resurgence of the 90’s death metal sound happening, each band trying to sound more and more like they were recorded at Morrisound Studios any time before 1998, it’s a breath of fresh air for a newish death metal band to not court a sound that’s been co-opted so much recently. This slower tempo has got groove and thumping power that makes you want to headbang and air guitar the way that only Crowbar and Entombed can do.
At only twenty minutes, it’s a short but memorable release only made better with their mock live cover of “Animal (Fuck Like A Beast)” by W.A.S.P. With liner notes stating that it wasn’t recorded live at Donington. A band who clearly enjoy what they are doing and have a sense of humour can only endear themselves more to you.