Norma Jean



by BrodieGron USER (1 Reviews)
September 7th, 2010 | 6 replies

Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Stop complaining, listen and you'll find a great album, a perfect mixture of the 3 previous efforts with Cory. And if you hate the album, at-least enjoy the artwork.

Yes, i know there are already many reviews on this album. But all of them complain too much, so shutup and read:

Norma Jean in every past effort of an album have changed direction, which has been a problem for those who strictly stick to one genre (which stupidly is such a prominent mindset nowadays), but been a blessing to those like myself who, whilst not completely enjoying every step, can appreciate the creativity. Dallas Green of Alexisonfire was on the money when he said "Our fans expect too much if they expect us not to change".
So let's skip over 'Bless The Martyr', it's a different line-up, and for people wanting another album like this, it's not going to happen, be content. Onto 'Oh God', this created epic (hate to use the so cliche word) moments, 'Redeemer' some of my favorite Metal-core melodies to date, and 'Anti-Mother' some things i would have never expected a traditional Metal-core band to try and even better, pull off. The problem with this though, was that 'Oh God' had no nice melodies, and no experimentation. 'Redeemer' had no insane breakdowns, and still slightly lacked experimentation. And 'The Anti-Mother', maybe too many experiments to compile into 10 tracks? Yes.

Now we get to Meridional. In my opinion the greatest NJ album to date. Why? The perfect combination of each previous album placed into each section. We see this right from the start with "Leaderless and Self Enlisted" The intro has some nice 'Redeemer' vibes, with great riffs and (while i'm not going to pretend Cory is one of the greatest singers in the genre like some ignorantly do) some well placed melodies with 'we know you've heard it before', backed up with his signature scream/yell which really is one of a kind. As we move further into the song 'The Anti-Mother's' progressive/experimental ideas can still be heard in guitar lines and bass effects. We reach the end and tell me that breakdown isn't 'Oh, God'-ish.

While going through the album this is still proved, that all previous sounds except 'Bless the Martyr' are very prevalent. Perhaps 'Redeemer' the most and then still 'Oh, God' and 'Anti-Mother'.
The worst thing i can seem to find on the album would be 3 seemingly pointless instrumental/instrumentless interludes, which don't serve much a purpose. The 15 minute gap to lead only to a few atmospheric noises on the bonus track is a huge letdown.

So where other albums have lacked in certain areas, this fills with not new, but re-created and re-combined elements of other releases.

The key tracks would be 'Falling From The Sky: Day Seven" a six minute build up with a great opening up and explosive eruption. 'The People That Surround You On A Regular Basis' with some ideas NJ haven't explored to this depth before. And the 1st Single 'Deathbead Atheist' once again combining elements of all previous albums.

Lastly, the artwork, simply amazing, and compliments the sound of the album most definitely.

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September 7th 2010


don think so hun

September 7th 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

I completely agree with your review. I love this album minus the instrumental tracks.

September 9th 2010


Album Rating: 3.5

this album was just not for me.

September 22nd 2010


Album Rating: 3.0

I can't believe you think this is their best album! It's grown on me a little bit and I acknowledge they pushed their creativity but I just can't get into it that much. Maybe my standards are too high, as every other album of theirs has had a profound emotional impact on me (I've been following them since the beginning, "Martyr" came out when I was in college).

I find it odd that you think "Redeemer" lacked experimentation while "The Anti-Mother" had too much. I think "Redeemer" is quite experimental in it's noise textures and unorthodox rhythmic shifts, and I think "Anti-Mother" is fairly conventional (but still very good).

Review was pretty well presented and thought out. The reason you got a 3 out of 7 rating is probably that you make a fair amount of fundamental sentence structure errors. For example, when you write:

The key tracks would be 'Falling From The Sky: Day Seven" a six minute build up with a great opening up and explosive eruption. 'The People That Surround You On A Regular Basis' with some ideas NJ haven't explored to this depth before. And the 1st Single 'Deathbead Atheist' once again combining elements of all previous albums.

This should actually be one sentence instead of three. Even though it may seem like that would be a long sentence, that's how it should be. It would need to be slightly reworded, but commas should actually go where the periods are, and you need some other commas in there too. There are other problems in the review with regard to sentence structure, but take more time to learn how to write and you should be fine, you have good analytical skills. I look forward to reading more of your reviews

November 28th 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, i'm enjoying this album as we speak.

March 27th 2012


Album Rating: 4.0

pretty good.

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