Jucifer

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Jucifer
Jucifer 2012.jpg
Jucifer performing live in 2012
Background information
Origin Athens, Georgia, United States
Genres Sludge metal, doom metal, noise rock
Years active 1993-present
Labels Capricorn, Relapse, Velocette, Nomadic Fortress, Alternative Tentacles
Website www.jucifer.net
Members
  • Gazelle Amber Valentine
  • Edgar Livengood

Jucifer are a two piece American sludge metal band signed to Relapse Records. The band's members are Gazelle Amber Valentine on lead guitar and vocals, and her husband Edgar Livengood on drums. They travel in an RV and are "nomadic in nature", preferring to tour constantly, living in their tour vehicle, rather than following the normal practice of album release/tour/time at home. Jucifer is notable for the extreme volume at which they perform, and the gigantic wall of amplification used for Valentine's guitar, as well as the dichotomy that has existed between much of the recorded material and their live shows.[1]

The husband-and-wife duo starred in a film by Derek Cianfrance titled Metalhead, a drama centering on a drummer suffering from hearing loss and learning the meaning of silence. Livengood and Valentine play as themselves in the film. The film has been in production since 2009 but no release date has been announced.

History[edit]

Jucifer was formed in 1993 by Gazelle Amber Valentine and Edgar Livengood, who, according to Valentine, coined the band's name from a statement he heard during O.J. Simpson's trials for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman: "If he's guilty, then he's the devil and The Juice is Lucifer." Previous to Jucifer the band had performed under several other names including Satan's Cheerleaders and Battle Star.[2] They released their first album, Calling All Cars on the Vegas Strip, through fan run indie label Crack Rock. After this release, they signed to major label Capricorn Records, which reissued the album in 2000.[3] With Jucifer still signed and awaiting release of its second album recorded in 1999, Capricorn officially went out of business. However a skeleton staff continued under the name Velocette Records, which released extended play EP Lambs in 2001 I Name You Destroyer in 2002 and War Bird in 2004.[4][5] For their fifth release, If Thine Enemy Hunger, Jucifer signed to Relapse Records,[6][7]

In March 2008, Jucifer released the double album, L'Autrichienne,[4] which was recorded in July 2007.[7] To support the album, Jucifer embarked on their first tour through Europe.

In 2010 Jucifer founded its own label, Nomadic Fortress Records, and signed a distribution deal with Relapse Records for its output. The band continues to tour constantly, both across North America and returning to Europe in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.[8]

The album Throned In Blood was released in April 2010 by Nomadic Fortress Records on CD, and on vinyl by Alternative Tentacles. This album channels the raw hostility, black metal, death metal, and especially doom qualities which have dominated Jucifer's live show but rarely been heard on their albums.[9]

In 2011 a demos EP from 1994 Nadir was mastered by Scott Hull and reissued by the digital-only Grindcore Karaoke label. In 2012 Nadir was remastered for vinyl by Brad Boatright and issued on limited marble LPs by Mutants of the Monster.

On July 17, 2013 Jucifer released their new album "За Волгой для нас земли нет" via Nomadic Fortress and Mutants of the Monster. The concept record about the history of Russian city Volgograd (focusing especially on the Battle of Stalingrad) will be issued on double vinyl by Alternative Tentacles in October 2013.

Jucifer remains nomadic. Their 2013 "Twenty Years Slaying Ears" tour continues in Europe this summer.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
  • Calling All Cars on the Vegas Strip (1998, Crack Rock records, 2000, Capricorn Records)
  • I Name You Destroyer (2002, Velocette Records)
  • If Thine Enemy Hunger (2006, Relapse Records)
  • L'Autrichienne (2008, Relapse Records, 2xLP via Alternative Tentacles)
  • Throned in Blood (2010, Nomadic Fortress Records, distribution through Relapse Records, LP via Alternative Tentacles)
  • За Волгой для нас земли нет (2013, Nomadic Fortress Records, Mutants of the Monster, Alternative Tentacles)
EPs
  • Nadir EP (1994, four track demos, self-released)
  • Lambs EP (2001, Capricorn Records)
  • War Bird EP (2004, Velocette Records)
  • Autocannibalist EP released as split cd w/Show of Bedlam (2009, Choking Hazard)
  • Nadir reissue, 1994 demos EP (2011, Grindcore Karaoke, 2012, Mutants of the Monster)
Live DVDs
  • A Partridge In A Pear Tree DVD (2004, AmberVillain Films)
  • Veterans of Volume: Live With Eight Cameras (2008, Bare Ruined Films)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Otte, Jef (2003-11-20). "Georgia Spazzelites". Westword. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  2. ^ Hyden, Madeline (2009-03-26). "Q & A with Jucifer". Kansan.com. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  3. ^ Proefrock, Stacia. "Jucifer". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  4. ^ a b "Jucifer main albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  5. ^ "Jucifer singles and EPs". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  6. ^ Prato, Greg. "Jucifer - If Thine Enemy Hunger". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  7. ^ a b Prato, Greg. "Jucifer - L'Autrichienne". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  8. ^ puregrainaudio.com[dead link]
  9. ^ Begrand, Adrien (2010-05-07). "Jucifer: Throned in Blood". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 

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