From Pop-Matters premier of Jesters LP 3 in April 2017: These far-reaching tendencies (everything from Black Sabbath to Prince and the Chocolate Watch Band) have caused some to call Jesters of Destiny the first-ever alternative metal band.
That term didn’t yet exist in 1986 or even a year later when the Jesters issued their covers collection, In a Nostalgic Mood or even during the sessions for what would have been the group’s third effort, No Laughing Matter. Instead, Duff and Violet preferred to call their band of rock Gleeful Doom, conceding that after all these years they might be siding less with glee than doom. There are still songs about the devil, heavy riffs and that trademark sense of humor. Enter Bruce Duff who offers a Jesters’ eye view of 30 years of silence. “This is our third record,” he says, “we took 30 years off. It wasn’t like we were sitting around though. We’ve been working on these songs for a while and we think it connects with the same stream of consciousness we previously mined but without looking back to ‘80s sounds. We think it’s pretty current,” he offers. “It also required a lot of current.” The Sorrows That Refuse to Drown is being issued on vinyl (the version you hear with this premiere), digitally on CD and via download/streaming. The vinyl and digital versions are different from each other. The CD has different mixes of two of the songs, and three songs not on the vinyl, including a cover of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Two Minutes Silence.”