CD Redeemer [Norma Jean (Rock)] (CD 655178),
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Redeemer [Norma Jean (Rock)]

  • 1. Grand Scene For a Color Film, A
    2. Blueprints For Future Homes
    3. Small Spark vs. A Great Forest, A
    4. Temperamental Widower, A
    5. End of All Things Will Be Televised, The
    6. Songs Sound Much Sadder
    7. Like Swimming Circles
    8. Amnesty Please
    9. Cemetary Like a Stage
    10. No Passenger, No Parasite
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 6356

  • Credits
    ProducerRoss Robinson
    EngineerRyan Boesch

    Norma Jean (Rock): Daniel, Cory, Chris, Scottie, Jake.
    Additional personnel: Matthew Putman (drums).
    On their third release overall, 2006's Redeemer, the Atlanta metal quintet Norma Jean hook up with Korn/Limp Bizkit producer Ross Robinson, and the results are just what you'd expect. With the right amount of angst, rubbery riffs, and brief detours into tranquil bits, all of Robinson's trademarks are present. And truth be told, the "Robinson approach" seems to work well for the group, as singer Cory Brandan seems to live to scream his head off, and guitarists Chris Day and Scottie Henry can't wait to detune their guitars to "death metal D" (or is it C?). Burning anger is the name of the game here, as heard on (or more fittingly, assaulted by) the likes of "A Grand Scene for a Color Film" and "A Small Spark vs. a Great Forest." But Norma Jean have a surprise or two up their sleeve, as they trod oh so gently upon prog metal territory on "Songs Sound Much Sadder." Some may argue that the tunes on Redeemer sound akin to the majority of the bands spotted on your average episode of Headbanger's Ball. Yet Norma Jean manage to add a conviction to their performances that appears to be lost in the shuffle by some similarly styled bands. ~ Greg Prato

  • Critic Reviews
    Alternative Press (p.189) - "[W]ith bigger production and just a hint of surprise....REDEEMER's angst and fury are undeniable..."
    CMJ (p.26) - "Norma Jean pop off jarring, chunky riffs in rapid succession, while vocalist Cory Brandan rivals Converge's Jacob Bannon in madman-like intensity."
    Kerrang (Magazine) (p.46) - "[A]n album that revels in unbuckled emotion that's inspired by their faith, rather than dictated by it."
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