605 San Pedro
San Antonio, Texas
- Founded in 1993, Jucifer pioneered the sludge / doom metal duo
- They are one of the earliest heavy two piece bands and even more unusual for playing all-live (no loops, keyboard bass samples or drum machine).
- Jucifer trademarks including their enormous amp rig and unconventional shifting / combining of genres have influenced and inspired many over two decades.
- The band has performed steadily and released albums through the 90's and 00's on both major and indie labels as well as recently founding their own Nomadic Fortress label which is distributed by Relapse.
- During the 90's Jucifer was based in Georgia, but in 2001 moved permanently into their tour vehicle. They have lived entirely on wheels for the decade since and have stated that this nomadic life was undertaken to facilitate playing "as many shows as we possibly can". Their endless tour typically covers 20 or more countries each year.
- Jucifer shows are known for being extremely heavy and loud, blending elements of sludge, doom, black metal, death metal, thrash, crust, grind, drone, and noise with occasional melodic passages. Performances are ritual and cathartic, and frequently include improvised sections between or even during the songs. The guitar is downtuned to various non-standard tunings, which lends an unexpectedly pleasing quality to the high volume employed.
- Jucifer has expressed distaste for conforming to a genre but has invented names to describe their blend of styles including "deathdrone" "blackcrust" and "grindgaze".
- Jucifer's live sound has been compared to Celtic Frost, Melvins, Slayer, Black Sabbath, Necrophagia and Napalm Death, as well as bands of their own generation (Jesus Lizard, Darkthrone, Neurosis, Morbid Angel, Harvey Milk, Electric Wizard, Eyehategod, Acid King) and younger groups Lightning Bolt and Sunn0))).
- Because of their knack for odd compositions and onstage improvisation, some have also likened Jucifer shows to the work of Miles Davis and John Zorn.
- Jucifer's albums are impressively diverse, though often not representative of their core sound. 2010's 'Throned In Blood' album was the first full length to draw almost entirely from this core, but its sparse production (planned to sound "old school" according to the band) fails to do justice to their massive tones live.
- In October 2011 the reissued 1994 EP 'Nadir' was released for digital download by Grindcore Karaoke, J. Randall of Agoraphobic Nosebleed digital-only label.
- LP version of 'Nadir' was released in October 2012 by Mutants of the Monster, the new label run by Christopher "C.T." Terry of the band Rwake and filmmaker / video editor /metalhead David Hall (Maryland Deathfest The Movie DVD series, vinyl from Rwake, Surachai, Tellusian, and Biipiigwan). Mutants of the Monster is distributed by Sony RED.
- Spring 2013 will see the release of Jucifer's eighth studio album (name not yet announced).
- In addition, the band's Nomadic Fortress label plans 2013 release of a split between Jucifer and an Aaron Deal (Darkest Hour, ex-Salome) solo project.
- Jucifer is also in the process of recording for a side project with drummer Dave Lombardo (Slayer, Fantomas, PHILM).
"Jucifer wield a Sleep-like density and enough metallic power to jostle Ozzy back to sanity"
"As anyone who's borne witness to their earth-shattering, boundary-smashing sonic rituals can attest...Shit's intense"
"Delivering their trademark bone-crushing stoner metal riffage through a towering wall of cabinets"
"[Jucifer] pioneered the two-piece line-up long before it was considered popular or even feasible, especially considering the supremely heavy sludge they create. The level of oppressiveness and the angularity of vocalist/guitarist Amber Valentine's riffs are on par with, but predate, those of modern doom frontrunners"
"[Jucifer] have for nearly 20 years deafened the ears of all who see them live with a full-on assault of sludgy metal, even when their recorded output mined a more diverse path.
Las Vegas Review-Journal
"On their records, Jucifer is a dynamic duo: Pastoral pop, elephantine doom, spectral folk and buzzing psychedelia all figure into the band's by-turns-savage-and-serene-
repertoire. Live, though, the band sprouts tusks and buries them in a loud, guttural churn that makes them one of the more overpowering live acts making the rounds. Wear earplugs or you could end up wearing a hearing aid instead."