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Jucifer L'Autrichienne

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01. Blackpowder 02. Thermidor 03. To Earth 04. Deficit 05. Champ de Mars 06. Fall of the Bastille 07. To the End 08. Armada 09. L'Autrichienne 10. Behind Every Great Man 11. October 12. Birds of a Feather 13. Traitors 14. The Law of Suspects 15. Noyade 16. The Mountain 17. Window (Where the Sea Falls Forever) 18. Fleur de Lis 19. Procession a la Guillotine 20. Coma 21. The Assembly
2008 Relapse Records
Our score 8

by Nick
4/25/2008

With 2006's release of If Thine Enemy Hunger, Jucifer made it obvious that they're easily one of the most inventive acts in modern rock as the pair somehow managed to mix grunge, sludge, and indie rock into a cohesive release. L'Autrichienne is the duo's ambitious follow-up record, and while their trademark mix of thick guitar hooks, forceful drumming and Amber Valentine's beautifully dark vocals is still front and center, they continue to push the musical envelope by bringing even more influences to the table. The twenty-one song release locks into gear with the grungy, southern rock inspired hooks of "Blackpowder." Simplistic in structure and instantly memorable, the track is instrumental in setting a mood differing from that of If Thine Enemy Hunger's sludgy lead off number. "Thermidor" is L'Autrichienne's first surprise, as quick power violence clicks give a half second of warning before the song reveals its breakneck grindcore style. This isn't to be confused with grind influence, or perhaps grindcore leanings. This is Jucifer laying down thirty seconds of rapid, abrasive riffs, blast beats, and fierce screams. And as if it never happens, the pair dives back into Deadboy and the Elephantmen type guitar work, smooth vocals, and rock melodies in "To Earth." Though the listening audience interested in (or even capable of) appreciating such opposite ends of the musical spectrum might be slim, there is no doubt that Jucifer has crafted a record saturated with creativeness and originality. And with this many tracks from which to choose, it's not hard to find a lot more exceptional numbers to praise. The disc's title track, a subdued piano-based ballad, showcases soft bass lines and soothing singing. "Birds of a Feather" and "Traitors" might be the disc's strongest pair of back to back tracks, with the former advertising French lyrics over great sludge rock riffs and the latter providing an explosive chorus with cathartic screams. Furthermore, Valentine and Livengood haven't lost their appreciation for slow and heavy, as "The Mountain" and "Procession a la Guillotine" showcase massive doom/sludge riffs with thorough helpings of thick low end. Almost all of L'Autrichienne is pure listening bliss, as the pair effortlessly strings together a number of seemingly opposing musical styles. But with twenty one tracks clocking in around seventy minutes, a few less songs might have helped the album maintain better momentum. "Armada" feels a bit too plodding in nature and lacks the unbridled heaviness of other sludge-based tracks to make up for it. "Window (Where the Sea Falls Forever)" initially floats a little too close to the female pop rock line to feel connected with a disc as moody and dark as L'Autrichienne. But since this is Jucifer's first stab at a concept album (the tracks combine to focus on French Queen Marie Antoinette), and because of the sheer quantity of stellar moments available on this record, a little long-windedness is excusable. In the end, it's a hair less consistent than If Thine Enemy Hunger, but it's still a great slab of diverse rock tunes. Bottom Line: Jucifer continues to draw more musical influences into their unique brand of rock and the result is a worthy follow-up record to If Thine Enemy Hunger in L'Autrichienne. The heavy music scene deserves more bands as unrestrained and inventive as Jucifer.

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anonymous 4/25/2008 10:06:34 PM

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phobophile_ 4/26/2008 12:34:34 AM

Best grunge, sludge, and indie rock band ever!


makebabies_ 4/26/2008 5:50:45 AM

not as good as their older releases. 6.5/10


Cheese_Balls_ 4/26/2008 12:03:58 PM

I love ball sacks


Rob_ 4/26/2008 12:19:08 PM

He speaks the tr00f.


anonymous 4/26/2008 2:57:05 PM

bloated and hard to get through in one sitting. i realize this is a double disc, so why the f*ck isn't it on 2 discs? just doesn't work.


scrotum_hair_ 4/26/2008 3:15:57 PM

Jucifer is not bad, but are a bit overrated. They should write a straight up rock album, release it, and make a drone/doom rec after that. Not just slap bunch of random songs together and call it an album. I mean these 20 songs are a f*cking mess. I got bored halfway through. Boris does this genre hopping much much better.


Mitch Cunningham._ 4/26/2008 7:09:00 PM

f*ck this shit. I've seen them & their "wall of amps" sound like complete shit. The drummer had on some f*cking moccasins for christ's sake. He had big drums & hit them like a pssy. He kept acting like he was screaming random shit at that dck pig they call a singer/bass player. They were awful. This CD is awful. You are all f*cking dumb if you buy shit miserable piece of shit. BTW, they love to pick up other dudes & go f*ck city in their trailer. I passed. She's gross. Nice of them to give me


anonymous 4/26/2008 8:17:54 PM

good band solid release


anonymous 4/26/2008 9:17:24 PM

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g_g_ 4/27/2008 10:49:27 AM

much better than the last one, but still no "I Am Destroyer"


cantfakethepunk_ 4/28/2008 9:13:03 PM

this band f*cking rules... f*ck haters!!!


you're gay_ 5/2/2008 7:02:23 PM

Sorry, gay. This band sucks more dcks than your mommy & daddy combined. If I wanted to hear some dck pig yell over some hack's excuse for drumming, I'd f*ck your grandma while listening to Kiss Alive.


cantfakethepunk_ 5/5/2008 8:02:34 PM

if i wanted your opinion i would have taken my dck out your mouth... gay


enourmous log_ 5/21/2008 6:31:18 AM

uhh...if you had your dck in his mouth wouldn't that make you a gay too? do you f*ck man ass as well and pretend you're not gay? f*cking moron. oh and this band is ok. i really think they're overrated though.