by Mike Breen
Doom/Slude Metal duo brings the noise to Northside
Georgia-spawned Alt/Doom/Sludge Metal/Shoegaze band Jucifer returns to The Comet in Northside tonight for a free, 10 p.m. performance, something that, if you live within a mile of the club, you'll likely know about without ever leaving your house. Together since 1993, Jucifer is known for its needle-past-the-red volume and humongous amplifiers, which seem custom-built for stadium concerts and not relatively tiny rooms like the one at The Comet. Area residents who go to the club to investigate will probably be shocked to learn that Jucifer is only a duo (Gazelle Amber Valentine on guitar and vocals and Edgar Livengood on drums). The music is as dirty, raw and heavy as they come, but the band explores a non-stereotypical vision of "Doom Metal," with atypical structures and Valentine's vocals, which range from whispered to depths-of-the-soul growling. As a live band, Jucifer is rock solid, which is understandable given the amount of time spent on the road. The duo does so many tour dates (across the globe) that its Facebook page lists the members' hometown as "Nomads" and declares "Always on tour! January to December ever year!" Signed to esteemed Metal label Relapse Records since 2006, Jucifer has since formed its own label — fittingly called Nomadic Fortress and distributed through Relapse — home to its most recent release, 2010's Throned In Blood. Here's the Throned track "Contempt."