Norma Jean
Meridional


5.0
classic

Review

by Ironing USER (3 Reviews)
November 6th, 2010 | 42 replies | 4,813 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Norma Jean releases their best album yet and keeps the Normachine a chuggin'

5 of 8 thought this review was well written

Good Ole Norma Jean. I have loved you since Bless the Martyr, I went through your clean break with Scogin, I held on anxiously waiting to hear your new vocalist, I stood strong through your Botch days, and I embraced you for vs. The Anti-Mother. Then you announced you would be "returning to your roots" and that was a blow for me. One of my favorite bands announcing they were planning on regressing after so much progress? I was not going to stand for it! I tweeted for days telling you not to listen to the critics of vs. The Anti-Mother and to move on with the musical road you had been paving for yourself, and what did I get at the end of all this? Your best album to date.

Meridional, in my opinion, is the perfect blend of the past four Norma Jean albums. Rather than "returning to their roots" the band took bits and pieces of their past and put them together to pave a way for their future. Meridional was the kick start Norma Jean was needing to kick the Normachine into gear and believe me when I say this album delivers a punch to your eardrums.

Guitar riffs are mmm mmm good in Meridional. Much like any other Norma Jean release the guitarists ability to write catchy, definable riffs have placed the band leagues above other bands in terms or memorability. You could play me any section from a Norma Jean and I can without a doubt name the song and album for you. The guitars are driving when they need to be and relaxed and ambient when the time suits it.

Unlike most people it seems I happen to enjoy the instrumental tracks on the album. While some would say they are filler I'd beg to differ, there is a reason why they are put there and I don't see how they break up the flow of the album at all, if anything it gives it a new sonic level and helps Meridional branch out.

Amongst people I know I will always get flak for saying this, but I LOVE Cory Brandan's vocal abilities. His voice is dirty, it's weird, it's nasty, and it's oh so good. There is passion in this man's throat and he lets it ring out like few can do. Whether he's talking, yelling, or screaming you can tell he truly is in tune with the message he is delivering and it's a remarkable experience to hear his conviction filled yells cut through the perfect anthems the band have put together.

A few key parts you can't miss on this album, the ending breakdown to The Anthem of the Angry Brides is hard hitting and forces itself into your head. The last 2:00 of Blood Burner is insane, I'll leave it at that. High Noise Low Input is catchy as hell and a very powerful song, and finally, Falling From The Sky: Day Seven is one of the best songs the band has ever written, it builds and builds and builds into an end that will not dissatisfy.

We should all be excited for the Normachine.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Xenophanes
Emeritus
November 6th 2010



10585 Comments


Er okay. It's a good, not great, second review. It's always risky to use first person, so I'd try to not do that, it makes your review lose credibility. Other than that, decent attempt.

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WhiteWallStargazers
November 6th 2010



2647 Comments


Too fanboy-ish, and really, the anti-mother is awful. Scogin era forever

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
November 6th 2010



15341 Comments


Guitar riffs are mmm mmm good in Meridional

lol

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Xenophanes
Emeritus
November 6th 2010



10585 Comments


Haha, how did I miss that!

Obfuscation24
November 6th 2010



3939 Comments


Norma Jean's Meridonial is brought to you by Campbell's Soup. Mm mm good.

Emim
November 6th 2010



26512 Comments


Normachine


Comatorium.
November 7th 2010



4090 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

shut the fuck up. this review makes me want to hit you.

FreePizzaDay
November 7th 2010



1526 Comments


No problems with the review really, except how do you type the word "Normachine" and not kick yourself?

loveisamixtape
November 7th 2010



5915 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol 5

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Ironing
November 7th 2010



12 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Norma Jean is like a guilty pleasure for me haha, so yes this is the only band you'll see fan boyish reviews of.

And they actually call themselves Normachine, I used it alot cause I laugh each time I type it.

KevinGarnett
November 7th 2010



572 Comments


Can't claim these guys as a guilty pleasure when you rate them a 5.



























It also doesn't help that you rated a "The Chariot" album a 5 as well.

americanmusicmachine
November 7th 2010



3953 Comments


the chariot roolz mr. garnett

Ironing
November 7th 2010



12 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I think I just have a thing for any band Scogin has ever had a hand in. So maybe that's the root of my problems.

And Long Live deserves that 5.

But I shall do us all a favor and never review an album related to The Chariot or Norma Jean again.

KevinGarnett
November 7th 2010



572 Comments


"I think I just have a thing for any band Scogin has ever had a hand in. So maybe that's the root of my problems.

And Long Live deserves that 5.

But I shall do us all a favor and never review an album related to The Chariot or Norma Jean again."

That's not what I was saying, but okay, whatever you want to do.

Ironing
November 7th 2010



12 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm too tired for this, I felt like you were being condescending earlier.

KevinGarnett
November 7th 2010



572 Comments


I was.

Ironing
November 7th 2010



12 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Well. Shit.

Emim
November 7th 2010



26512 Comments


No thanks

KevinGarnett
November 7th 2010



572 Comments


What does whale shit have to do with anything?

Emim
November 7th 2010



26512 Comments


It.....nvm



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