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Meridional

Norma JeanAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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The official music video for Norma Jean's "Deathbed Atheist"

Biography

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 (July 13, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • ASIN: B003M9P3JO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,411 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Leaderless and Self Enlisted
2. The Anthem of the Angry Brides
3. Deathbed Atheist
4. Bastardizer
5. A Media Friendly Turn for the Worse
6. Septentrional
7. Blood Burner
8. High Noise Low Output
9. Falling From The Sky: Day Seven
10. Everlasting Tapeworm
11. Occidental
12. The People That Surround You on a Regular Basis
13. Innocent Bystanders United (included secret track Oriental)

Editorial Reviews

Grammy-nominated Metal band Norma Jean return in 2010 with their heaviest record yet. Meridional, the band's fifth studio album, revisits the abrasive and chaotic roots of classic Norma Jean while offering fans a dark experimental side: the band stretching out on moody, slow-burn jams. It is an album that finds the band comfortable in its legacy but progressive and bold in its creativity. Meridional was recorded at Glow In The Dark Studios in Atlanta with producer Jeremy Griffith.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly Unrivalled... July 14, 2010
Format:Audio CD
What is Norma Jean? Not the same band that released Bless the Martyr, that's for sure. No, in the years since O God, The Aftermath, (and probably more precisely, Redeemer)NJ has worked to augment their chaos with heavy doses of melody and even choruses. Few bands have been able to pull off melodic destruction like Norma Jean, and it all comes to stunningly realized fruition on "Meridional".
One of my main gripes with the "screamo" genre(I'm not referring to Norma Jean, mind you)is that the melodic parts are too distinct from the heavier areas, sounding completely brutal one second and sounding almost like a boy band the next. Apparently that is not the way to do it, if "Meridional" and NJ's last two records were any indication. I'm still not sure how they do it so well, but the melodies are buried underneath the mess of sounds, for the most part. On some songs, such as High Noise Low Output and Falling From the Sky:Day Seven, the melodies come to the forefront, to the point where NJ can sound like a completely different band. Some songs are undoubtedly the most accessible ever written by NJ, especially Falling From the Sky, but I really enjoy these stylistic changes. Also Cory really flexes his vocals on this record, sounding both angrier and more euphoric than previous outings. And for some, this change will probably be unwelcome.
Meridional is receiving terrific reviews, as it deserves to. It is a suprising, inspiring album that I picture most people loving. In my mind itt doesn't have the immediate magnetism of Redeemer, which is my personal favorite by NJ and probably always will be. But "Meridional" is largely unparalleled in heavy music today, and it will easily become regarded as a masterwork. The bottom line of this review is simple: like Norma Jean? Get this record. Which you probably already have.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely satisfying, and powerful record. July 13, 2010
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I got into Norma Jean late, with the first record I listened to was "Redeemer." However, I have journeyed back to listen to the rest of what they have to offer. This new album is wonderful, and if not, as great than what I think is the best record they have made which would be "Redeemer." They definitely strayed away from the sound you may have heard in "The Anti-Mother" where they leaned more toward having melody shine through their music, or better yet, having Putnam (the singer) actually "sing." He never truly sings (except for "A Media Friendly Turn For The Worse" and "Falling From The Sky")yet his screams become enhanced with the ambient distortion in the background in many of the final songs of the album. The band itself gives wonderful performances from great drumming to creative guitar riffs (What would you expect from Norma Jean, horrible instrumentals? Bah). This record can be best compared to that of what is heard in "Redeemer" only that Norma Jean has expanded that talent significantly, creating wonderful, blood rushing moments in their music. However, they do have very melodic songs towards the end of the album, where the beginning really doesn't have any melody, yet there are some songs that slow the fast pace of the beginning of the album such as the Third Track "Deathbed Atheist." It's definitely a little wave where the pinnacle is at the beginning (First four) and then it settles a little. However, It rises again at the end. Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Without a doubt "Meridional" is Norma Jean's masterpiece album. It's more melodic than "Anti-Mother" with about twice the intensity. Nowhere on this album will you hear anything even remotely as chaotic as "O' God, The Aftermath" but there are moments (specifically on tracks like "Anthem of the Angry Brides" where this album gets flat HEAVY. Not only are the riffs thrashy and technical, but they're also very "groove-ish" on this album. I can't help but bang my head and scream along!

Honestly, I can't think of a single bad thing about this album... Buy it... NOW.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, Norma Jean. Wow. July 30, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I am generally not a fan of metal/metalcore, with the exception of a few key bands and albums. It's just a very watered down genre in general. However, Norma Jean is a band that seemingly gets better with each subsequent release and currently, with this release, owns heavy music at the moment.

It's more experimental musically than any of their prior albums, though that doesn't mean it's their least accessible. In fact, to be so brutal, experimental, and atmospheric -- it still manages to be...dare I say...catchy in places. But not in a bad way. Not by any means.

One aspect that really sets NJ apart from most of Metal/Metalcore is the drum and guitar work. It's not just blast beats and fast riffs and solos and/or breakdowns. There are layers here. There's atmosphere here. There's emotion. There's music, not noise.

Anywho, what it comes down to is that you should give this album a listen. A good, thorough, start-to-finish listen. And if you like it, support good music and buy it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very unique
Norma Jean has such a wide range in their sound. I really like this cd! It was a great choice.
Published 9 months ago by Melissa Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have
From beginning to finish this album rocks! This is a must purchase. Amazon delivered as scheduled and I also have the digital download to accompany my CD.
Published 18 months ago by John C. Trujillo
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Vinyl Set!
The vinyl arrived in great condition (shipped and sold by Amazon.com). This is a well-made set of two 180 gram black vinyl records. Read more
Published on December 23, 2010 by Jimmy
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Norma Jean, you have to buy this.
This is probably my favorite Norma Jean album now. I've listened to all of their albums except for "Bless the Martyr," and this one stands above all as their best. Read more
Published on August 29, 2010 by Holden Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars I can't stop listening to this!
I will be honest in that I have not been a faithful Norma Jean follower. I bought Bless The Child years ago because of "Memphis Will Be Laid To Waste" (like a lot of people did),... Read more
Published on August 18, 2010 by T. Gorrell
3.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying, but continuing the disappointing trend...
Most readers are likely aware of the legacy that Norma Jean has established.
Bless the Martyr does not need to be discussed, but the band continued on with great records even... Read more
Published on August 8, 2010 by leopold
3.0 out of 5 stars Are you kidding me ????????
Sorry Guys - Redeemer is WAAYY better than this album. I've seen reviews of this album with the words " Classic " and " Masterpiece " being used to describe it. Read more
Published on July 28, 2010 by Chuck
5.0 out of 5 stars a lumbering mix of metalcore and experimental
this new release by Norma Jean totally rocks! it is a mix of brutality and melody, unlike when they were on Solid State, when they were brutal all the way through. Read more
Published on July 17, 2010 by king beagley
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Norma Jean!!!
Let me start off by saying that this is an AWESOME album! I've always liked Norma Jean, but I don't think that I ever LOVED loved an album they've put out. Read more
Published on July 16, 2010 by Drewby
4.0 out of 5 stars Norma Jean does it again!
Norma Jean has always been known for thinking outside the box. This album is no exception and is perhaps the greatest transition in their music since The Aftermath-to-Redeemer. Read more
Published on July 14, 2010 by Kit Kitsch
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