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Jucifer If Thine Enemy Hunger

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01. She Tides The Deep 02. Centralia 03. Lucky Ones Burn 04. Hennin Hardine MP3 05. Antietam 06. My Benefactor 07. Four Suns 08. Pontius of Palia 09. Backslider 10. Luchamos 11. Ludlow 12. The Plastic Museum 13. In A Family Way 14. Medicated 15. Led
2006 Relapse Records
Our score 9

by Nick
10/27/2006

For those unfamiliar with Jucifer, the Georgia duo consists of guitarist and vocalist Amber Valentine and drummer Edgar Livengood. Together they form an incredibly innovative and versatile rock group that, with their latest album If Thine Enemy Hunger, has instantly become a mainstay in my current listening rotation of bands. Prior to hearing this album, I had never felt the need to check out this group, no matter how many times I had heard the name praised with Pitchfork-esque genre descriptions like "indie lo-fi metal" and the like. However, terms like that no longer seem absurd or unnecessary after giving If Thine Enemy Hunger a listen. This disc truly has a great amount of variety throughout its near hour-long lifetime. From the opening two sludge/drone inspired tracks "She Tides The Deep" and "Centralia", to the catchy hooks and mid-tempo rock of songs like "Lucky Ones Burn" and "Pontius of Palia," Jucifer is clearly intent on staying far away from the repetitive garbage that tends to be on many current rock albums. It's impossible to further describe the duo without referencing the phenomenal vocals provided by Valentine. Just like the instrumentation, her vocals vary show great versatility, from dark and heavy (while still melodic) to attention-grabbing pop, and as heard on "Antietam", high pitched screeching that might just give The Blood Brothers a run for their money. Honestly, the vocal wailing in the aforementioned track is probably my least favorite part of the entire disc by a long shot, but I'm willing to overlook it in favor of the rest of this fantastic album. Another impressive aspect of the record is the great balance that Jucifer possesses between the two members. Quite often I feel like the musical focus in rock duos is unnecessarily put upon one member, much like the focus upon Jack White in The White Stripes. As soon as Livengood's drumming appears on the album, the listener realizes that this is clearly not the case. The slower sludge-rock tracks strongly rely on the unhurried, yet skilled drumming to build up monumental amounts of heaviness that fit so well with Valentine's dark vocals. After all, many believe that slow drumming is far more difficult than being a one trick blast-beat-and-double-bass pony. And when the pace picks up in the catchier riff-heavy songs, Livengood is far from being left behind and continues to support his half of the duo. Despite the high quality of the drumming of on If Thine Enemy Hunger, I have to go with the stripped down indie track "The Plastic Museum" as the song that really stands out to me. Comprised of only two guitar tracks (one distorted and one acoustic), the song's delicate vocals and simplistic one string riffs are nothing short of mesmerizing. But as much as I could listen to "The Plastic Museum" on repeat for hours, it is merely one-fifteenth of the reasons why If Thine Enemy Hunger should be heralded as one of the year's best. Bottom Line: By proving that they're capable of intertwining tracks of sludge, indie, and hook-filled rock into a cohesive hour of listening enjoyment, Jucifer has instantly become a band that I will be closely following for years to come. Even if the idea of a female fronted rock duo has never appealed to you, I strongly suggest that you give If Thine Enemy Hunger a listen. I may have been exposed to Jucifer a little late, but I guess that just means I have a better back catalog to explore. Buy this album, you won't regret it.

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anonymous 10/27/2006 9:37:15 PM

hi hi


SHIT BAND_ 10/27/2006 9:38:07 PM

SHIT BAND


Jose_ 10/27/2006 9:59:52 PM

Gay music. Gay review.


anonymous 10/27/2006 11:17:30 PM

one word... gAy


echo_ 10/27/2006 11:58:55 PM

gAy


anonymous 10/28/2006 12:06:07 AM

Drewcifer should have reviewed this.


Nick_ 10/28/2006 12:34:23 AM

*typo alert*


vegans taste good_ 10/28/2006 12:58:50 AM

love this band, the chick has such an awesome voice.


blah_ 10/28/2006 1:50:08 AM

Horrible "music", even more horrible name, and worst of all, the woman isn't even attractive.


anonymous 10/28/2006 2:12:55 AM

the live show is insane. probably 50 amps and cabs all piled on top of each other.


WHAAAAAAAA?_ 10/28/2006 3:49:20 AM

Must see live show... But a 9/10 album? WHAAAAAAAA?


XBurningFightX_ 10/28/2006 8:21:06 AM

You guys are officially retarded. This record is amazing and this band is top notch. I'm convinved that if it isn't Psyopus or Ion Dissonance...you will hate it. Good review.


wizardsbeard_ 10/28/2006 9:02:23 AM

I'm not hearing anything amazing vocally on that mp3. Quite the opposite, really. But I'll give the whole thing a listen.


Dave2112_ 10/28/2006 9:45:05 AM

Good review. Juci stepped up big time.


drewish_ 10/28/2006 10:25:33 AM

I liked the sound but i just could never get into female singers, i'm sure she is very talented but the tone of her voice from that mp3 just got under my skin, i'll check the whole album out to be able to form a finalized opinion on it though. Oh the singer looks like a dude.


ezstevemcqueen_ 10/28/2006 1:32:40 PM

lol at the 9/10


XOmeletX_ 10/28/2006 1:37:35 PM

Great band, great live show. Will check this out.


Coldchain_ 10/28/2006 8:20:15 PM

I've been a fan of Jucifer for a while. This band is awesome and haters have never bothered to listen.


snails_ 10/28/2006 8:26:16 PM

9/10? lol!


electrodrop_ 10/29/2006 1:07:07 AM

i dig it


grudgeagainstastranger_ 10/29/2006 12:22:56 PM

wayyyy overrated.


anonymous 10/29/2006 9:12:48 PM

f*ck this shit. the sample song is possibly one of the worst songs ive ever heard in my life.


Matt_ 10/30/2006 6:48:23 AM

I liked the sample; will check out this album definitely. I checked out some pictures of this band, and the woman would be hot if she didn't wear so much ugly makeup.


gozer_ 10/30/2006 8:55:36 AM

didnt read the review, saw the word "sludge/doom" and i know already that i will HATE it. arent there enought of these bands already?


Nick_ 10/30/2006 9:19:25 AM

I wouldn't judge it just by that. Although there's a couple tracks that are a little sludgey, this band sounds nothing like your typical drone/doom/sludge/blahblahblah band.


wow_ 10/30/2006 4:49:02 PM

even lambgoat now is as stupid as its followers. a relapse band gets a 9/10 review!!! Why am I not surprised?


Fur_Beach_ 10/30/2006 6:09:20 PM

boring and overrated


anonymous 11/2/2006 10:35:01 AM

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Uffe_ 11/3/2006 11:29:37 PM

Not really my thing,and come to think of it, it's been a while since Relapse released anything in a while that even has a hint of grind in it :P


thegoddamnawesome_ 11/7/2006 5:29:35 AM

Far superior to No Heroes.


anonymous 11/9/2006 9:31:54 AM

this music is gayer then the gayest music in gayland... and thats gay


xbreed_ 11/16/2006 9:19:00 PM

i dig it. or does it dig me


Rob_ 12/21/2007 1:40:50 AM

By far, one of the best releases of 2006. Saw them live this year and they blew me the f*ck away. Although the song is 2 albums old, the tune "Malibu" blows me away, every time. If Thine Enemy Hunger even caps out the albums I heard in 2007 in terms of awesomeness.