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listen  1. Entire World Is Counting On Me And They Don't Even Know It, The (Bless The Martyr Album Version) 3:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. Pretty Soon I Don't Know What But Something Is Going To Happen (Bless The Martyr Album Version)15:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Cory Brandan (Lead Vocals/Guitars)
Scottie Henry (Guitars)
Jake Schultz (Bass)
Chris Day (Guitars)
Chris Raines (Drums)

With their fifth full length studio disc and first for Razor & Tie, Atlanta’s post-hardcore giants Norma Jean have delivered what many will come to regard as the heavy music album of 2010. Building on the sonic bedlam that has already earned the ... Read more in Amazon's Norma Jean Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 13, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Solid State Records
  • ASIN: B00006CTE9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,645 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This CD is the only Hardcore/metal I listen to, BUY IT Now!
Jeremy Edwards
Stop reading this useless review and buy it already. go on...yes!...go ahead...go...GO!
Ruben L. Carreras
The only gripe I have with this album is that there are a few songs that are short.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By LeftManOut on November 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Norma Jean is one of those bands that only comes along every so often. In a time where music has become way too overly glossy, with people adding ridiculous effects and altering almost every aspect of their sound, what you get on a record is hardly what a band produces when they are just in a room together making music. Norma Jean is the anti-thesis to all of that. This is either an album you're going to love, because you see the genuine creativity used to record this album, or one that you're going to hate for your own personal reasons, whether it be because of the the band's beliefs or because you are more into other styles of music. "Bless The Martyr, Kiss The Child" is one of the strongest hardcore releases in the last 5 years, and warrants a listen from anyone who has interest in the genre. There so many aspects of this album that make it overshadow some of the best produced albums in not only the hardcore genre, but any other genre alike, that there is no reason not to listen to this cd.

When this album was released three years ago, frantic and chaotic hardcore was not as widely spread as it is now. People really have to understand the creativity behind this album. Not only is Norma Jean one of the heaviest bands around, they also have a way of making their sound come together and be pleasing to the ears. People who simply say "oh yea the singer needs to stop screaming like a two year old", or "they play too much heavy stuff, there's no melody" or any other comment they can think of making, aren't really listening to the album for the purpose it was created for. This album is to show how music is meant to be played. There's no computers, no effects, no vocal enhancements, and no added instruments.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "leitmotiv" on April 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I listen to everything from hXc rock like Zao, to black thrash metal like The Berzerker, and of everything I've heard, "Bless The Martyr and Kiss The Child" may not only be the hardest album in my collection, but may be one of the hardest albums I've ever heard in my life.
Norma Jean puts together a beautifully hardcore and raw sound that remains melodic nonetheless. This album sounds like if Dillinger Escape Plan were to get together with acts such as December, Skycamefalling, and Converge, and put together one blisteringly loud album. The opening track on this album, "The Entire World Is Counting on Me, And They Don't Even Know It" is a perfect way to kick off such a CD. Blisteringly raw guitars, harsh hardcore vocals, a great song all-around, then leads into the even more loud tracks "Face: Face", and "Memphis Will Soon Be Laid To Waste". All of this gets you prepared for Track 5- "Pretty Soon, I Don't Know What, But Something Is Going To Happen"; A 15-minute hardcore epic. At this point, if the album hasn't already grabbed you and makes you want to stay along for the ride, then something is wrong with you.
While some might put aside this album due to Norma Jean's heavy christian background, it's really unfortunate as the people that do so will be missing out on a beautifully chaotic, beautifully raw and loud masterpiece.
If you're a fan of hardcore, purchase this album now.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sylo on September 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This album is light years past the first. The band only did two takes per song on the record and left in all the mistakes, in one song you hear the lead singer clear his throat before singing. It has that great LIVE energy so many CD's lack these days, and the musical arrangements aren't that great for the first few tracks but it get's better and better as the record continues. Highlights are the 5th track a 16 minute monster of a song, track 7, and the last track are wicked cool. One thing that most people don't talk about when they review a CD but I just love that each song title is a really interesting sentence, it really makes you re-think the song such as "The whole world is counting on me and they don't even know it." It's such a creepy line I love it. Any hardcore metal fan just can't be dissapointed by this awesome record. I don't care WHO replaced the lead singer, the new guy will never be this good. (Especially if it's the lead singer of Underoath as I heard, he has horrible screams it's too vomity sounding)
Also the artwork is very creepy too, it reminds me of the movie THE OTHERS.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Troy on November 4, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Norma Jean, formerly Luti-Kriss, have instigated quite a ruckus with their new album, "Bless The Martyr And Kiss The Child". Light years ahead of their previous two accomplishments, Norma Jean has implemented one of the best hardcore albums of the year. "The Entire World Is Counting On Me And They Don't Even Know It" begins the album with bone-crushing riffs and ultra-heavy bass licks. Almost instantaneously, the amazing difference in production is noticed. It's very apparent that only about two or so cuts were recorded for each track. A marvelous live atmosphere is created and meshes impeccably with the hard-hitting tones present on this disc. Aaron Weiss performs on the track "Memphis Will Be Laid To Waste". The track highlights the album with some of the best breakdowns ever heard on a hardcore album. The song starts with progressive screams aligning with pounding drums leading to an overwhelming prog riff backed by tinkling cymbal work. Josh then clears his throat preparing himself for the coming montage. Peculiarly, a bass-driven interlude leads the track into seemingly nothingness when all of a sudden Josh and Aaron trade screams making way for the opening riff to speed alongside fills and screams. The best three minutes of the disc by far. One characteristic of Norma Jean that I enjoy superfluously is that they are not afraid of experimenting. While placing a 15 minute track ("Pretty Soon, I Don't Know What, But Something Is Going To Happen") in the middle of an album isn't necessarily new, it has not been done before without killing its impetus. Later, the band takes a lesson from Christian counterparts The Blamed on "Sometimes Its Our Mistakes That Make For The Greatest Ideas".Read more ›
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