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Norma Jean

Axl Rose once sang, "Nice boys don't play rock 'n' roll." Apparently, he's never met Norma Jean. While the band's peers have been busybuying theirwayonto Ozzfest (and Axl was working on that Chinese Democracy thing), these Atlanta, Georgia, natives have spent the last five years ontheroad,relentlessly playing basements and ballrooms, expanding their uniquely organic fan base with each show they play. With their secondproperfull-length, O'God, The Aftermath, all that work is about to come to a head-but in case you're just tuning in, here's the CliffsNotes version of theNormaJean story. Recor ...read more

Axl Rose once sang, "Nice boys don't play rock 'n' roll." Apparently, he's never met Norma Jean. While the band's peers have been busybuying theirwayonto Ozzfest (and Axl was working on that Chinese Democracy thing), these Atlanta, Georgia, natives have spent the last five years ontheroad,relentlessly playing basements and ballrooms, expanding their uniquely organic fan base with each show they play. With their secondproperfull-length, O'God, The Aftermath, all that work is about to come to a head-but in case you're just tuning in, here's the CliffsNotes version of theNormaJean story. Recorded by Matt Bayles (Isis, Botch,Mastodon) at Stone Gossard's Studio Litho, O' God, The Aftermath doesn't just push the band'spersonallimitations(which it does); it also pushes the limits of heavy music, period. "A lot of bands say 'we've progressed..." But the thing about these guysisthey really didprogress as musicians and artists, "a direct result of over two and a half years of touring while having only released one record"explains themost recentaddition to the group, singer Cory Brandan who, along with guitarists Scottie Henry and Chris Day, bassist Jake Schultz anddrummer DanielDavison,make up the current incarnation of Norma Jean. "[With O' God], we wanted to do something that was musically challengingand artisticallybalanced", headds. "Anyone who's expecting [2002's] Bless The Martyr And KissThe Child is probably not going to get very much ofthat." Although the aforementioned Martyr has scanned over 58,000 copies, this is actually a good thing. From the math-metal madness of"Muderotica" tothemesmerizing melodicism (wait, is that singing?) of "Bayonetwork" to the alternately ambient and aggressive ten-minute opus"Disconnetcktie," O'God,The Aftermath spans the chaotic cannon of heavy music from Pantera to Poison The Well to Pelican and is as cerebral and obscurecomparative tomusicalgiants Tool. But, more importantly, it has as many stylistic shifts as it does time changes, refusing to fall back on hardcore's clich餠songstructures andstabbed in-the-back lyrical motifs. And the band's heady ambition doesn't apply solely toward the music. O God's thematic lyrics, song titles and artful aesthetics are allopentointerpretation-even the album's seemingly bleak title isn't necessarily what it appears to be. "A lot of people think the word 'aftermath' hasanegativeconnotation, but I look at it as more of a positive thing; a pleasant aftermath, you could say," explains band drummer Davison. "It's lookingatit from aspiritual standpoint; the aftermath of grace or salvation." Oh, and then there are the live shows. Combining motion pictures, smoke machines and an epilepsy-inducing light show, the band insisttheircurrentworld tour with Atreyu and Unearth is their most over-the top yet. "We're artists and we want to pursue our vision of art, but we'realsoentertainers andwe want people to come to our shows and have fun," explains Brandan. It's worked; countless bands who've sold more recordscan't packthe kids innight after night the way Norma Jean do. Source: http://www.christianpunks.com/band.php/180 « hide

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