Jumpin' Jesus
The Art of Crucifying


4.0
excellent

Review

by The Writer Ov This Review USER (50 Reviews)
November 25th, 2009 | 15 replies


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With a band name and album title like this how could this album not terminate everything in it's path?!?

Jumpin' Jesus is a very overlooked German death metal band that formed in 1989, but didn't release anything until the early 90's. With only one demo and one full-length they failed to make a noticeable mark in death metal history, but that's not to say fans of the genre won't enjoy this record.

When the vocals kick in on "Out of the Unknown" you know you're in for an evil satanic treat. The vocalist pounds his style into your head throughout the record, his vocals aren't anything particular special, but he does have a rather wide range compared to most death metal vocalist from around this time. He mainly sticks to growls and screams, but occasionally a raspy falsetto will find it's way out of his throat, along with some more traditional thrash style vocals.

The guitar work on the album is noteworthy. It is easy to see that this department was heavily influenced by thrash. There are some fairly complex riffs to be found here, and the distortion is set just right. For the most part the record is played at a break neck pace, but Jumpin' Jesus isn't afraid of slowing down, this is best shown during "The King of Worms" when a fairly slow, epic riff kicks in, it doesn't stay long due to it being interrupted by a face melting solo, but it plays to be one of the most effective riffs on the record, and trust me it has some healthy competition.

This album is also one of the few death metal records where the bass is audible throughout! Sure, a lot of the time the bass is just backing the guitar but every now and then you'll hear a little jazzy bass going on in the background, when this happens it only boosts the song's level on the metal meter. Without the bass being audible the record may have came off as hollow, but with it there and firing on all cylinders the album has a nice high end, low end ratio.

The album has some odd effects peppered in. At times it seems as though you are listening to a cheesy 80's synth filled horror movie soundtrack, but these moments are short lived, due to the low end growls intruding and the neck snapping speedy riffs that are tearing the amp to shreds. Along with these odd effect and overtones are some really cool, eerie acoustic intros. Examples of this are "The King of Worms" and "Chaingang", the intros to these songs really create a great atmosphere for the old school chaos that is about to ensue.

The drumming actually is pretty brutal as well, it isn't just non-stop blastbeats. It definitely isn't the most groundbreaking work either but there are some complex drum patterns to be found in the albums run-time. With all that being said, every single instrument has it's fair share of time to shine. The production is very clear for it's time, which was also noticeable on their demo.

Bottom line: Go get yourself a neck brace and find this record ASAP. It's a shame this band didn't continue after this record was recorded, it and their demo show boat loads of potential. Any fan of death metal, especially die-hard old school fans must hear this album.



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combustion07
November 25th 2009


5420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First review in awhile, feeling a little rusty.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYlj5wJt7Sk

Hope you enjoy it, feedback would be awesome

Zettel
November 25th 2009


604 Comments


It sounds more like an enjoyable curiosity than a great album. With so many death metal to hear, I think you need more than just noteworthy guitar work and interesting vocals to make the cut.

You review, I liked, though it's not so clear why this is a 4 star album. Sounds more like a 3.

combustion07
November 25th 2009


5420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really? I thought I praised it too much for the 4 rating and I considered bumping it, glad I didn't.

Relinquished
November 25th 2009


25872 Comments


I can't see the lyrics...

combustion07
November 25th 2009


5420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol track listing was copied from Metal Archives, go there if you want to see them

combustion07
November 26th 2009


5420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If you can't find it PM me on last.fm

combustion07
December 3rd 2009


5420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Glad you liked it
The King of Worms and Chaingang are both sick songs

combustion07
August 28th 2010


5420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

GET IT NOW

DeafMetal
September 2nd 2010


8588 Comments


Sheer brutality.

Dev518
September 25th 2010


574 Comments


With a name like Jumpin' Jesus, I at least need to give it a listen.

ValeriusTheImmortal
December 27th 2011


1237 Comments


REEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

aaaaaaaaHAHAHAHAHAHAHAaaaaa

THE PREACHERS!

ValeriusTheImmortal
December 27th 2011


1237 Comments


*burp*

...what's going on in here

ValeriusTheImmortal
January 13th 2012


1237 Comments


I'm pretty damn sure I heard the riff from the NES game, Dragon Warrior, in The King of Worms at 2:55

KILL
January 13th 2012


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol

Digging: Throwing Muses - Throwing Muses

CK
May 26th 2014


4951 Comments


My friend just asked if this band was Christian lol



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