Jucifer
Throned In Blood


3.5
great

Review

by Jordan F. USER (21 Reviews)
October 5th, 2010 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Jucifer finally recreate the sonic devastation of their live experience. A hellish look at human nature for the stoned and doomed.

Finally Jucifer captures the malevolent energy of their live show. The two piece band has probably confused or offended some people expecting to hear the eclectic tracks on previous albums that ranged from grunge to folk and doom. Their live show is usually a harsh display of doom, drone and sludge. Everything else is stripped away and that is exactly how Jucifer decided to record “Throned in Blood”. As with their last album, there is a concept behind all of the songs. They cover different conflicts and atrocities committed by humanity throughout history. The holocaust (Work Will Make Us Free), atom bomb (Hiroshima) and the exploitation of Native Americans (Return of the Native) are some of the more blatant subjects in the album. Vocalist/guitarist Miss Valentine sums up the album’s themes perfectly in this quote from an interview with Noisecreep: "So much of human existence is war -- war with the self, war with fate and war with others. I think our music is always about war in one or all of those veins. 'Throned in Blood' is specifically about the failure inherent in victory and the way that atrocities are 'excused' by a so-called noble result. And yeah, that's part of our current war -- and also part of all other wars."

War is exactly what you find on the opening track as Amber bellows “To wear the blood! Of Elder sons!” and the rough distorted riffs begin to fire off. The production is definitely on the lower end of the spectrum which might bother some people but then again, this a doom album. The vicious assault of the first minute or two gives way to a thick, slow riff with melancholic, howling vocals before collapsing back into the fires of battle. “Contempt” is keeps things pretty sludge but throws around some thrashy riffs and drumming at parts too. “Work Will Make Us Free” slowly comes into focus, bringing everything into horrifying reality with it’s spiraling guitar intro. The vocals on the album are very messy but I don’t find that to be completely negative. A few parts seem a bit “off” to me but this is part of the live experience. “Return of the Negative” surges forward with a great black metal riff before wallowing back into the sludge. Invoking Geronimo’s name never sounded more evil.

The vocal melody over the thick guitar on “Disciples of the Expanding Sun” is a beautiful and eerie prelude to the apocalyptic madness of “Hiroshima”. The distortion here is great and it’s easy to imagine the horror it could cause the non-elite at a show. After the carnage of “Rifles”, “Good Provider” (59 seconds of brick heavy grind) and 7 minute mammoth “Spoils to the Conqueror” there is unexpected peace on the final track. “Armageddon” is a mesmerizing banjo tune sung to a lover as both face certain death. It’s a stunning, bleak yet uplifting end to a crushing album. If sonic destruction is what you are looking for, get “Throned in Blood”.



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RubberDucky
October 5th 2010


221 Comments


happy 20th, pos'd. who the fuck are you?

Bleekill
October 5th 2010


832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Thanks lol. I'm the kid who reviews overlooked stoner/doom/sludge shit I guess. I forgot this was my 20th review, awesome. I don't write enough, I'm trying to get back in the habit, class kills my motivation for reviewing.

RubberDucky
October 5th 2010


221 Comments


jw b/c i haven't seen you...like, ever. no offense.

but this is a good review, i'll read more of yours in the future

Bleekill
October 5th 2010


832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Cool. I post on the forums more and review occasionally. I comment on metal shit in the news on this site sometimes.

marksellsuswallets
October 5th 2010


4848 Comments


I saw them live once, and it was incredible. I looked up their albums and they sucked.

Bleekill
October 6th 2010


832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Well check this one then. Their other ones arent amazing to me but are decent.

marksellsuswallets
October 6th 2010


4848 Comments


I guess it was just the fact that their live show made my eyeballs vibrate it was so loud/heavy and then the songs I heard on their albums sounded like girl-pop.

Wizard
October 6th 2010


19399 Comments


You must love Relapse Records as much as me? hahahahaha Please go and get the new Unearthly Trance album for some amazing doom/ sludge.

Great review, could never get into this band but this album might help!

Digging: Khonsu - Traveller

halloway
October 6th 2010


684 Comments


this sounds like L'autrichienne pt. 2.

in other words, i'm sold.

Bleekill
October 6th 2010


832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I hope I'm surprised by the new UT because I never really found them amazing. Their other stuff has been alright. I think I'll tackle "Never Cross the Dead" this week or next.

Wizard
October 6th 2010


19399 Comments


Album is overrated and too long for it's own good. Too many repeditive riffs.

Bleekill
October 6th 2010


832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Repetitive riffs are part of this style though



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