Jucifer's forthcoming 'Throned in Blood,' to be released on their own newly-launched Nomadic Fortress imprint, marks the first time the sludgalicious duo has recorded in winter. "We tracked in Pennsylvania the week before and after Christmas, so we were completely snowed in," vocalist/guitarist Gazelle Amber Valentine told Noisecreep. "Akdar, where we did the record, is built in an old barn that looks like the 'Amityville Horror' house. With all the snow, the outside looked like 'The Shining.' It was awesome! Freezing our asses off was a good energy, too. Invigorating!"

Despite the invigorating nature of working in a naturalistic environment, there were a few hiccups, so to speak, for Jucifer, especially when the septic tank in the RV, which the pair lives in, reached capacity. "We had to revert to primitive woodland tactics," Valentine said. "Something inspirational about a five-degree breeze where the sun don't shine ..."

With 'Throned in Blood' on tap for release in April, the pair will spend the year on the road. "We've been on the road since January, and we'll be touring all year as usual," Valentine revealed. "When 'Throned in Blood,' drops, we'll be in the States, and just after that we're going to be in Europe for about a month. I can't disclose all the details yet, but it's a very cool lineup of bands that we're looking forward to being on the road with."

This year will also mark the first time the duo will perform at the vaunted Maryland Death Fest. "We're really stoked on [it]," Valentine said. "We've always been on tour somewhere else when it was happening, so this will be the first time we've gotten to be there."

Also, filmmaker Dave Hall, who made movies based on records by F--- the Facts -- see our chat with Hall about that film -- and Today Is the Day, will be premiering his Jucifer film at MDF, too. But that's not the only filmed element in regards to Jucifer.

"We're trying to schedule in some shooting for the feature film 'Metalhead' that's been in the works for a couple of years," Valentine said. "It's part documentary and part fiction, so along with amazing concert and road footage, it's a lot of us acting. The director, Derek Cianfrance, had a different film at Sundance this year, which is awesome. But with him promoting that and us putting out a record, it's hard to coordinate time together. But we're hoping to get shooting wrapped this year if at all possible."

It's going to be a good year for Jucifer.

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