District Of Dystopia
LP + DOWNLOAD - $16.00
Jucifer, founded in Georgia in 1993, are pioneers of the sludge / doom / death metal two-piece. For LP #7, Jucifer mounts a sonic assault chronicling the corruption and gross misuse of power in our nation's capitol.
Recorded in their RV during their never-ending tour of the planet, Districts of Dystopia offers nine of America's ugliest history lessons put to record! "Non Gratus Anus Rodentum" ("Not Worth a Rat's Ass" in Latin) is a sludgy, murky ode to the Tunnel Rats: US Army infantry soldiers who entered Viet Cong tunnel systems to kill enemy soldiers, oftentimes with just a bayonet, a .45, and a flashlight. "Decapitating the Regime" is all woozy riff and martial snare, tackling the reversal of the US's initial support for Saddam Hussein's regime over the course of both Gulf Wars-from the supply of weapons used in multiple horrific genocidal acts over the course of two decades to the eventual murder of thousands of Western military personnel by those same weapons.
Through all nine tracks, G. Amber Valentine's rasp and tar-thick guitars lay down a grimy, murky layer while her husband, Edgar Livengood, pounds aways at the drums. There's no flash, no tricks, just straight-up raw power that would make Eyehategod stand up and take notice. Unlike heavy duos that use loops, backing tracks or triggers to fill out their live sound, Jucifer relies on compositions designed to decimate with only real-time drums and distorted guitar. And for sonic reinforcement, their legendary wall of speakers has shaken venues across the planet for the last two decades, with no sign of them selling out, softening their sound, or slowing down their almost constant touring!
Never has Jucifer's conviction to their craft and passion about their beliefs been more evident then on District of Dystopia! This hippie slayer of a release gets the vinyl treatment it deserves!
"Their latest recording, District of Dystopia, is a short sharp blast of an album focusing on the history of the United States via the impact of legislation determined in the nation's capital, Washington DC. It clocks in at a lean 25 minutes, and is accompanied by pages of lyrics and historical notation. It will take you longer to determine the subject of most songs than it will to listen to them. However if this exhaustive approach is not for you, there's 9 tracks of punked-up grindcore to enjoy, which is perhaps the closest Jucifer have come to representing the ear-bleeding ecstasy of their live performance."
- Echoes and Dust
"What we have here, folks, is nine of America's ugliest history lessons put to record. "Non Gratus Anus Rodentum" (or not worth a rat's ass in Latin) is a sludgy, murky ode to the Tunnel Rats, U.S. Army infantry soliders who would enter Viet Cong tunnel systems to kill enemy soldiers, oftentimes with just a bayonet, a .45, and a flashlight. G. Amber Valentine's rasp and tar-thick guitars blanket with a grimy, murky layer while her husband, Edgar Livengood, drums slowly through the mire, adding blasts when appropriate. There's no flash, no thrills, just straight-up ugliness that would make Eyehategod stand up and take notice.
There's not a moment on District of Dystopia where you don't feel Jucifer coughing up phlegm and vitriol on you, like a bitter war veteran cast aside by the very people he swore to protect. Whether it's the lurch and slide of the guitars on 'Decapitating the Regime," the potent crawl and hideous vocals on "Narcissist," or the more "upbeat" (and calling it that is absolutely pushing it) crust-punk of "Red Summer," the entire album is different shades of pissed off rage from a couple who are sick of seeing their homeland continuing to commit atrocity after atrocity in the name of freedom. Sure, it's sloppy and loose, but it's also grossly effective in bathing the listener in a hateful muck that'll require many showers to properly cleanse themselves afterwards.
District of Dystopia is unapologetic and disgusting, but also eye-opening and welcome. No matter what side of the political fence you sit on, Jucifer will gladly call you on your bullshit. An ugly album for ugly subject matter."
- Angry Metal Guy