If you like a little noise in your diet, Norma Jean is always a tasty little treat.
Norma Jean exploded into the metalcore scene with 2002's Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child, still reigning in my music collection as the noisiest recording I've ever laid ears on. Somehow, Norma Jean captured a charm and personality that most hardcore bands up until then couldn't grasp. Kind of funny looking a little farther back in the lives of the band members, who were part of a Christian rap-rock band called Luti-Kriss (does anybody remember POD??). Something tells me Norma Jean's noise-metal style is an overcompensation for all those years trying to figure out how to recapture the charm of classics like 'Nookie,' 'Southtown,' and, of course, 'Bawitdaba.' Woof.
Norma Jean has been one of the most interesting bands I've listened to over the years, mainly because each album has been equally unpredictable. Shortly after BTMAKTC, lead vocalist Josh Scogin left the band to start the Chariot, a band that holds true to Norma Jean's first album. Scogin appears to have been a large part of the writing process, and 2005's O God, the Aftermath proved that by presenting an equally noisy, even more chaotic approach to NJ's self-imposed genre 'mathcore,' with a completely different feel. New vocalist Cory Brandan was really a spectacular fit for Norma Jean, but, even though I love the album, OGTA is still lacking something.
The band found whatever they were missing on 2006's Redeemer, combining the noise with awkwardly melodic hooks that really stuck with me. Redeemer is my favorite NJ album to date, but I'm in love with all of them in very different ways.
AbsolutePunk recently reported that Norma Jean has finished writing their newest album, called The Anti Mother. NJ will be hitting the studio in April to record and expect the album to drop sometime during the summer.
For some reason I've been on a Christian hardcore kick lately. I keep discovering all these new bands on Solid State. Sorry, I'll snap out of it soon.
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