Norma Jean
O' God The Aftermath


4.5
superb

Review

by Confessed2005 USER (105 Reviews)
August 27th, 2018 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mindblowingly intense, more refined than Scogin's official entry into the world of mathcore and beyond anything that God or Satan could hope to achieve in 2000 years. An essential modern day mathematical metal classic.

In a concise way to describe them, Marilyn Monroe JC following metal-core-whatever Norma Jean have totally eclipsed the modern hardcore punk scene within the last two decades. To an extent where they have become absolutely perfect in their work at crafting a purely horrific yet beautiful chaotic vortex of musicianship, sin and virtue. To put it simply, Scogin was the creator but the true divinity of Norma Jean came after Bless the Martyr. Their mix of metal, punk and mathematical polyrhythmic madness has spawned a huge number of incredible albums, furious riffs, sporadic and varied drumming and some truly ***ing heavy songs.

Imagine Botch, Converge, UnderOath (without the cleans), Coalesce and possibly the melodious aspects of post-hardcore in a crackpipe. Quite literally, the result is explosive. Polar Similar was their best release yet. However, in a manner of speaking, O' God the Aftermath was undoubtedly their most technically proficient album (inevitably the angriest too). Right from the opener Murdererotica, the listener is barraged with insane tempos, time signatures and terrifying biblical quotation.

Whilst I preferred Scogin as a vocalist, he was a little too hoarse and repetitive. Their best work remains on BTM&KtC but here, the experimentation with new progressive musical elements retains a certain sound that resonates deeper than Bless did. Enter Corey Brandon...

Lyrically, everything here is perfect. Vertebraille (quite possibly the highlight of the album) features fantastic duelling guitars, mixing technicality with off-key rhythms that meld perfectly with the whole sound. Everything production wise is handled very well indeed and the final result is an album capable of forcing God to fall from the sky on the plate that John the Baptist's head was served on by Salome.

Essentially, if you like any Christian rock or metal, NJ are quintessential listening for any heavy music fan. Personally, I'm a Neo-Political Nietzschean scientist (which isn't really anything special) but NJ really were the tits when I first heard Bayonetwork. The riffs in Charactarantula are phenomenal - the grooves in Liarsenic and Dillemmachine are a cacophonous piece of art and the album closer is quite simply one of the best closers of a metalcore album ever to grace my little ears.

Pretendeavour explains it all quite simply with the lyric "OH MY GOD". The most refreshing aspect of the sophomore album was most definitely the addition of clean vocals. Whilst they are quite unrefined, everything is amalgamated beautifully well and the additional elements of sludge, tech wizardry and even slight early djent elements really make the album incredibly. In conclusion, I'd say this is probably my fave NJ album. Give it a try if you like heavy hardcore music. Especially if you believe in Jesus Christ.

Amen

[b]Recommended Tracks[b/]

Vertebraille
Liarsenic
Coffinspire
Charactarantula




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Comments:Add a Comment 
BallsToTheWall
August 27th 2018


50005 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A NJ review from an OG. Nice. This record takes me back almost 15 years.

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Relinquished
August 27th 2018


44996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I still jam this on occasion. Cory was relentless here.

Darius The Imposter
August 27th 2018


22354 Comments


excellent album

Confessed2005
August 27th 2018


5166 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agreed. Fucking relentless. Better than the Monster energy drinks.

FearThyEvil
August 27th 2018


17234 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bayonetwork goes the fuck in

Source
August 27th 2018


18334 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Disconnecktie> all

MotokoKusanagi
August 28th 2018


3120 Comments


so many great moments on this

"The riffs in Charactarantula are phenomenal -"
was gonna post that

MotokoKusanagi
August 28th 2018


3120 Comments


ok on to Redeemer, guess i'll just make it a Norma Jean day at work

Confessed2005
August 28th 2018


5166 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Definitely mate. Superb stuff.

DDDeftoneDDD
October 31st 2019


12545 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Confessed, good rev but happy you reconsidered your rate...Bless the Martyr is considerably better, and props for your high rated ones from them - Bless; Wrongdoers; Polar, with exception with the new one man...I guess you got hyped X) ain't no 5 X)

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Pikazilla
October 31st 2019


11376 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

DD, check out my nj ranking list xD

DDDeftoneDDD
October 31st 2019


12545 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

done...

Confessed2005
November 5th 2019


5166 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

All Hail is great man. I love it a lot.



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