Somehow they make the whole experience inviting and comforting. I'm really not sure how. It's droning, reverberating, insisting progressive rock at its most natural grimy extension. I always imagine Jesu as those fat twins on motorcycles that were in the Guiness Book of World Records in the 70's. (In other words, a reincarnation of Screaming Trees, whose rhythm section was basically the same thing.)
This project (as opposed to 2007's Conqueror or 2009's Opiate Sun) is not a standard "next release": disc 1 (Heart Ache) represents a long out of print 2004 EP, while disc 2 (Dethroned) was started at the same time but completed in 2010. Keep in mind: during that time period, Jesu released 4 full albums and 4 EPs. That's a considerable amount of music in between the start and the completion of Dethroned, and thus a lot of room for their music to evolve.
Jesu - "Dethroned"
Besides all of that, it's just great music. It's the musical equivalent of the most romantic pieces of a rainy day: it's dark, it's threatening, yet it's inexplicably refreshing and uplifting.
It's a fine place to start listening to Jesu, or the next album of theirs that you should pursue.
CD Placement rating: Car CD Changer.