Julie Christmas

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Made Out of Babies: Trophy (2005), 5/10
Made Out of Babies: Coward (2006), 6/10
Made Out of Babies: The Ruiner (2008), 5.5/10
Battle of Mice: A Day of Nights (2006), 6/10

Julie Christmas was the vocalist of Made Out of Babies, whose Trophy (2005) straddled the border between noise-rock and stoner-rock in the vein of Unsane. Coward (2006), produced by Steve Albini, contains their signature song Silverback, one of Christmas' best vocal tornadoes. Made Out of Babies disbanded after their third album The Ruiner (2008), with songs that are no less brutal and unstable but can also sound catchy like Cooker.

She then joined the supergroup Battle of Mice with guitarist and keyboardist Josh Graham (ex-Neurosis and ex-Red Sparowes), guitarist Joel Hamilton (of the Book of Knots), legendary bassist Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu) and drummer Joe Tomino (Dub Trio). They only released A Day of Nights (2006), which contains the nine-minute post-metal At the Base of the Giant's Throat. At best they sound like an amateurish version of Neurosis fronted by a screeching witch. She is the real protagonist, a superhuman singer who viscerally dismembers trivial songs like Bones in the Water and Sleep and Dream.

Christmas also fronted Spylacopa, formed with Candiria's guitarist John LaMacchia, Isis' Jeff Caxide , and Dillinger Escape Plan's Greg Puciato. They debuted with the EP Spylacopa (2008) and several years later released the first album, Parallels (2015), a cross between heavy-metal and acid-rock.

After her solo album The Bad Wife (2010), that contains July 31, she joined Cult of Luna for their Mariner (2016).

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