111 East 6th Street
Newport, KY, 41071
Doors 9:00 PM / Show 9:30 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
Jucifer, founded in Georgia in 1993, are pioneers of the metal two piece. They are notorious for their use of massive amplification, and for their entirely nomadic lifestyle. The band has been nomadic for two thirds of its 23 year existence.
Jucifer have stated that this homeless 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 literally has no "home base" having spent all year, every year on the road since moving into their tour vehicle 16 years ago.
Unlike heavy duos which use loops, backing tracks, or triggers to fill out their live sound, Jucifer relies on compositions designed to decimate with only real-time drums and distorted guitar. And for sonic reinforcement, a wall of speakers that typically rises 10 feet high and sprawls 15 feet wide.Jucifer's use of many different amps and cabinets to create a full-spectrum, full-body sound experience predates the 00's 'amp wall' trend.
As well as being originators of using stadium-appropriate amplification in clubs, Jucifer's rationale for their gear differs from later bands' approach. Although Jucifer is renowned as one of the loudest bands in the world, both members have stated that volume is not their primary reason behind owning so much equipment, but rather a byproduct of their desire to be immersed in sound and of Valentine's method to create her ideal tone. Guitarist Gazelle Amber Valentine has stated in interviews that she never turns her amps up all the way and that playing guitar through such a dynamic array of gear is "like building sound sculptures in the air".
Jucifer shows are known for being extremely heavy and loud, blending elements of sludge, black metal, doom, death metal, powerviolence, thrash, crust, grind, drone, and noise with occasional psychedelic passages. The band has expressed distaste for conforming to a genre but has sometimes called themselves "deathdrone" or "sludgethrashdoomgrind". Confining description of Jucifer to a single genre would truly be misleading, as within their live show they incorporate aspects of almost every type of metal, and on albums have been known to veer from shoegaze to grindcore to doom and folk within one side of a single LP. Live performances are ritual and cathartic. Valentine and drummer Edgar Livengood possess a rapt intensity and physical abandon as they play. The drums are outsized and guitar is downtuned to various non-standard tunings, which lends an unexpectedly pleasing quality to the high volume employed.
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 have performed steadily and released albums through the 90's and 00's on both major and indie labels as well as founding their own Nomadic Fortress label in 2010, distributed by Relapse. Their most recent releases are the two historical concept albums 'District of Dystopia' and 'за волгой для нас земли нет'.
RECENT DISCOGRAPHY AND TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
Jucifer's albums are impressively diverse, though often perversely non-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 1994 EP 'Nadir' was remastered by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed) and 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, a label collaboration between Rwake's Christopher 'C.T.' Terry and Canadian filmmaker David Hall.
July 17, 2013 saw the release of Jucifer's eighth studio album 'за волгой для нас земли нет'. A second CD pressing was issued in November 2013. The album, conceptualized around the history of Russian city Volgograd (former Stalingrad) better represents the depth and vast feel of Valentine's live guitar tone than its predecessor Throned in Blood. Gatefold double LP of 'за волгой для нас земли нет' was also released in November via Alternative Tentacles. 'за волгой для нас земли нет' made several "best of 2013" lists including iTunes, NPR Music, and artist lists by members of Fuck The Facts, SubRosa and Deafheaven. Throughout 2013 Jucifer's "Twenty Years Slaying Ears" tour traversed 32 countries across North America, Europe, Russia, and Scandinavia.
Jucifer's endless tour continued with U.S. dates in 2014 as well as a mainstage appearance at England's Temples Festival in May alongside Neurosis, Brutal Truth, Electric Wizard, Clutch and Gehenna.
In December of 2014, Jucifer released their ninth album 'District of Dystopia'. As with all of Jucifer's recordings, 'District of Dystopia' is built on a theme. It is a concept album wherein each song is inspired by historical Acts of Congress or Executive Orders which were enacted around controversial topics. For liner notes, guitarist / vocalist Valentine wrote a series of essays explaining the subject matter, which are available as limited edition posters.
Unlike any previous Jucifer record, 'District of Dystopia' is heavily focused on a grindcore sound. Long time fans will not be startled, as Jucifer has always incorporated grind into their shows and at times in small doses on their albums. 'District of Dystopia' seems a logical step for a band which has only in later years prioritized documenting its live fury on record. Decibel described the album as "a full-scale assault on the very institution of democracy" and About Heavy Metal called it "almost infectious, in a sinister manner". Both members' performance on this pared-down recording, engineered themselves on four track in their Winnebago, reveals a prowess not as easily noticed on some of their slower tempo or more lushly produced studio work.
Early 2015 saw Jucifer traversing the West and Midwest United States. In July the band joined Black Cobra on an extensive Australia tour dubbed "Twins of Evil".
A split 7" with Japan's Sete Star Sept was released in July via French label Witch Bukkake.
In August Jucifer began work on their next full length as well as recording for several side projects and a biopic. The band will tour in North America into early 2016 with an extensive tour of Europe, UK and Russia beginning in March.
LP version of District Dystopia was released in October 2015 courtesy of Alternative Tentacles. Cassette version is forthcoming via Canadian label Handshake Inc.
"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 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."
REVIEWS FOR 'DISTRICT OF DYSTOPIA' (12/5/2014, 10/9/2015)
Decibel "a full-scale assault on the very institution of democracy... the duo's wall of amplifiers redirected towards grindcore instead of their usual filthy doom"
Metal Bandcamp "feral energy...there are few who can blend chaos, doom, death metal, noise and pure unrestrained energy into 1:56 and not miss a beat"
About Heavy Metal "the first listen is overwhelming, the second one is demanding, and it goes on like that until the album becomes almost infectious, in a sinister manner"
Angry Metal Guy "unapologetic and disgusting, but also eye-opening and welcome... an ugly album for ugly subject matter"
REVIEWS FOR 'за волгой для нас земли нет' (2013)
About.com Heavy Metal "Plutonium heavy... explodes from the speakers like a mortar round with all the destructive force of an atomic bomb"
MSN Entertainment "A colossal piece of work"
Last Rites "Sonic warfare... possibly the most complete album in the band's two decades of existence"
No Clean Singing "Incredibly powerful, massively heavy, body-moving, and emotionally intense. Sludge/doom/death of a very high order"
REVIEWS FOR 'NADIR' (1994) (reissued 2011, 2012)
The Sleeping Shaman
Jucifer - 'Nadir'
"...a gem of a release – a reissue of a tape they’d send out to promoters to try and get shows back in the early to mid nineties. Whether they knew it or not back then, it’s clear listening to Nadir that these guys had something that would set them apart and make them legends."
" Nadir is a raw recording, but it makes for a great snapshot of a band at their inception. Essential listening for all fans of the band and all people who like the slow, heavy, sludgy stuff...a good example of musical archaeology at its finest."
Jucifer - 'Nadir' "This disturbing masterpiece erupted from a crappy barely livable apartment in Athens Georgia. Its inhabitants lived the impoverished life of bohemians and channeled all of their energy into this five song album. Recorded pre-internet Jucifer’s two members had nothing to focus on but their art, and GODDAMN does it show. Nadir drips with a terrifying perfection honed by months of nightly practice. This kind of creativity only blossoms in isolation."
They were staking out unknown territory all the way back in 1994... There's still no-one quite like Jucifer. You can already hear the telepathic level of tightness. I've never seen a band so able to switch between droning guitar/drum atmospherics and shrieking blastbeat fury in time with each other without exchanging so much as a glance.
Jucifer - 'Nadir' "Raw distorted doom sounds with a hypnotic voice that do not sound outdated, but just really intense and highly addictive. Or, as JUCIFER describe their work on Twitter, "two person sonic destruction since 1993. 80 speakers + 6,500 watts can't be wrong." Hell yeah!"
REVIEWS FOR 'THRONED IN BLOOD' (2010)
"Throned In Blood may very well be the masterpiece Jucifer have been building up to their entire career... a religious experience"
"The brutal performance and production of 'Throned In Blood' captures Jucifer at their finest... 10/10"
"“Throned In Blood” is the first album that captures the pure essence of what makes Jucifer special and is an easy contender for album of the year"
"Throned in Blood is the record that Jucifer's live show deserves, as it is every bit as destructive, raw, and forceful as the band's monolithic wall of sound"
"Imagine The Cult, Led Zeppelin, and BLONDIE in a knife fight...”
Cincinnati singer Tina Sullivan got together some area musicians to form a one-off band to play a benefit show.
Now, more than two years later, LOVECRUSH 88 is still going and has become a powerful mainstay of the Cincinnati rock circuit!
Tina's soulful cutting singing sets perfect in with the seasoned guitarists Joel Spivey and Mike Reeders Rockin edge and with the experienced Rhythm section of thumping Bassist Vincent Hammerstein and the precision of acclaimed drummer Ryan Moore LOVECRUSH 88 plays a show you don’t want to miss!!
$12.00 - $15.00
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