Jucifer, the pioneers of the sludge metal two peace, stopped by Philly on July 6, 2011 to Kung Fu Necktie for a face-melting performance with Cape Fear’s bluesy-downtempo-metal practitioners, Sourvein. Founded in Georgia in 1993, Jucifer have played a pivotal roll in the development of modern Southern sludge, utilizing a massive wall of amplification for guitarist Gazelle Amber Valentine to lay down her trademark sound. It’s a mystery to me how her band-mate/husband Edgar Livengood can still hear after playing in front of this wild speaker-gazebo for the better part of the last two decades. The duo has remained nomadic since moving into their RV over a decade ago and have established the aptly titled, Nomadic Fortress Records while on the go. The label is home to Jucifer’s latest release, Throned in Blood (2010), which is being distributed by Relapse Records. If you are just getting into Southern sludge, there is no better place to start than Jucifer, whose dual musical-assault is not only meant to be heard, but to be felt through the gargantuan reverberations of an amp-mountain, currently melting faces across the US.
Without further ado, here is the show in pictures by Dante Torrieri of Useless Rebel Photography. Enjoy.