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The Anti Mother

Norma JeanAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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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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  • Audio CD (August 5, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tooth & Nail Records
  • ASIN: B001BKZD7I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,644 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Norma Jean has cut a path in Metal music, and continues to push boundaries and push limits on the "Anti-Mother" creating a symphony of discourse and chest pounding songs. A perfect addition to an already astonishing catalog of music, "The Anti-Mother" once again why Norma Jean are trend setters, and a leader in the game! Norma Jean is a Christian Metalcore band from Douglasville, Georgia, USA, a suburb of Atlanta.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid Effort August 6, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I'm a heavily biased Jean fan but except for a few jems on The Anti-Mother, I think the well is starting to run dry. That's not to say that the band shouldn't be damn proud of this album. The journey this band has taken production wise is night and day, I almost wish they would go back and re-record "O' God The Aftermath" with this sound !! Vipers, Snakes and Actors is brutal classic Jean and if Robots 3 Humans 0 doesn't get stuck in your head I'd suggest to check if you are still breathing. I respect the fact that they aren't afraid to journey to new places but some places they aren't meant to go. This album is definitely worth a listen but overall will only end up adding a few great tracks to their live show.

Notable tracks:

Vipers, Snakes and Actors
Birth Of The Anti-Mother
Robots 3 Humans 0
Surrender Your Sons
And There Will Be A Swarm Of Hornets
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Norma Jean: Revisited August 30, 2008
Format:Audio CD
A lot of people said that this band would fall by the wayside after Josh Scogin, Daniel Davison and a couple of other members decided to move along and pursue other interests. Still Cory Branden and co. managed to bring about a very strong release in 'Norma Jean vs. The Anti-Mother.' Fueled by a loose concept and collaborations (not just guest appearances), strong lyrics and a newly-discovered experimental edge, it's easy to see why most scene kids would bad mouth NJ's latest release: Norma Jean finally stepped out of their comfort zone... but not without taking some of their tried-and-true formulas with them and concocting some insane, new material.

What surprises me the most is not how Norma Jean has matured musically but how MUCH they've matured and how open-minded they've become. Their decisions to not only work with Chino Moreno, Cove Reber and Page Hamilton but to make it appear that they temporarily joined the band. The outcome is superb, best seen over the track 'Opposite of Left and Wrong,' where Page and Cory trade lyrical punches back and forth like two prizefighters going twelve rounds.

On their own, their just as unrelenting. The band continues to make clean transitions in time signatures and seamlessly bring you from clear skies to violent storm clouds; Cory's decision to sing may be considered a stretch or controversial by some NJ fans, but in my mind, it picks up where Redeemer and O God, The Aftermath left off. You could hear him lightly experiment with singing in The Aftermath and Redeemer, and now he has finally found some melodic confidence without saturating his guttural screaming presence. Clearly, it works and it's not overdone, which is what makes it so inviting to listen to.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Norma Jean Strikes Again November 17, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Melodic? Yes. Hardcore... you bet. Norma Jean (a.k.a. pattern of God's grace and mercy) has crafted a truly stunning album I can only call epic. Unlike "O God, The Aftermath" the band is focusing more on melodies, messages and sounding REALLY REALLY GOOD. I can't say this album is better than "O God," as that is probably the best mathcore metal album I've ever heard. Still, if you're looking for a VERY enjoyable hardcore rock CD with great melodies, some punk/chaos riffs and a whole lot of replay value, this is your album.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars stop singing and scream August 15, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Norma Jean is amazing. I can't believe the heaviness and the stuff they play in wierd time signatures. This album keeps up the good work on the tracks that feature scream vocals. Birth of Anti Mother and Death of Anti Mother are great. But there is also a lot of singing on this album which is out of character for these boys. I wouldn't mind if the singing was good, but good grief, this is terrible. Think emo. This is one of the first things Chino of the Deftones has contributed to that I didn't care for. And this is the only Norma Jean album so far that I wouldn't give 5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Weaker Redeemer October 4, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I come from the position of liking everything that Norma has put out including my favorite, O God The Aftermath. Redeemer is also a nearly flawless album. The Anti-Mother is a LOT like Redeemer, but with less good tracks. Redeemer went 11 for 11, but The Anti-Mother has 5/11 good songs. They include:

Vipers, Snakes, and Actors
Self Employed Chemist
Birth of the Anti-Mother
(Especially)Robots 3 Humans 0
(And My Favorite)Murphy Was an Optimist

All the rest of the songs simply fail to get repeats from me. It's really sad because the song with Chino from Deftones is just not catchy. The chorus just doesn't hook. "Opposite of Left and Wrong" is just not Norma Jean. It digresses to far from the original material. And two ending songs have good pieces here and there, but nothing sticks to the brain.

If you have the money, it's a great cd to have. The few songs you will like will be very valuable, but don't expect this to be a perfect score. Norma Jean is just a little mixed up, and the need to solidify their next album into a more focused concept. For example, O God the Aftermath was an album that had a specific style and a format that can never be mimicked. The Anti-Mother is just too all over the place to be a classic metal album.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Norma Jean vs. The Anti Mother August 5, 2008
Format:Audio CD
The Anti-Mother isn't as melodic as Redeemer nor as hardcore as The Aftermath. It's not really a mix of the two either. I see it as a harsher Redeemer. You'll get a good feel for how the album sounds from the first few tracks. It opens with Vipers, Snakes, and Actors which is a harder song on the album and then goes into Self Employed Chemist which is a more melodic track. And it trades off like that a bit throughout the album. Self Employed Chemist really shouldn't be on this album though. It doesn't sound like any of the other tracks and it's not a spectacular track to begin with. One thing that really bothered me is none of the tracks are very memorable. Surrender Your Sons.., is the only song that really sticks out because it's different from the other tracks. And I love the opening of it. Other than that, nothing spectacular is displayed. Robots 3 Humans 0 is a good song, and it's no wonder it was the first track streamed on their MySpace, but it really does lose it's touch after a couple of listens.

I was actually struggling to decide whether to give this album 3 or 4 stars. So I gave it another listen, and decided 4 stars was really more suitable. The Birth and Death of the Anti Mother tracks are pure hardcore tracks that sandwich the most melodic track on the album Robots 3 Humans 0. It's an interesting effect listening to them in order.

I did like the guest vocals, which is probably the most interesting thing about the album because they actually co-wrote all the songs with their respective guests. Chino Moreno of Deftones and Cove Reber of Saosin helped out with Surrender Your Sons.. and Helmet's own Page Hamilton wrote Opposite of Left and Wrong. Those particular tracks are enjoyable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It's different, but I've found some great strength in the differences
This record has grown on me over time, as I've come to understand it better. It's the most diverse NJ record, and I can listen to tracks 1-7 nonstop every time, and be completely... Read more
Published 26 days ago by S. Deciantis
4.0 out of 5 stars Norma Jean bring the goods back on album no. 4
“Redeemer,” the 2006 third full-length from Norma Jean, proved that the Georgia-based quintet had a few new tricks up their sleeve, and were about more than just mere Botch... Read more
Published 9 months ago by A. Stutheit
5.0 out of 5 stars Christian views don't hold these guys back
Im not sure what's to like more about this band. Corey is quite possibly the greatest musical voice in the last ten years. Read more
Published on November 8, 2010 by Karnage
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Although some ppl think that Norma Jean took a huge step back with this album, I was completely in love with it. Read more
Published on December 7, 2009 by Daniel Brooks
4.0 out of 5 stars It isn't Norma Jean, which is why it's so great
I really like this album. I liked old NJ, but hardcore is getting so... bleh. Which is why I think this album is so good. Read more
Published on July 24, 2009 by Daniel Inselmann
2.0 out of 5 stars The Worst Norma Jean Album
Norma Jean just can't top their first album, Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child. After switching vocalists, Norma Jean released the mediocre O' God the Aftermath and the... Read more
Published on May 7, 2009 by Milton Burrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Listen
Not their very best, but still very good. Their best in my opinion was Redeemer.
Published on April 21, 2009 by A. Bergdorf
4.0 out of 5 stars Much, much cleaner & better!
This is their breakthrough album which deserves radio play! Great allbum! This album barely sounds like the same band that was making music before. Read more
Published on April 12, 2009 by John Minor
2.0 out of 5 stars This is Norma Jean?
Is this supposed to be a Norma Jean album? I don't care about their musical maturation or evolution - I want hard screaming metal. This is not that. Read more
Published on October 5, 2008 by M. B. Akins
5.0 out of 5 stars The Anti Mother
Norma Jean-Vs. The Anti Mother ****1/2

The Anti Mother is easily the most ambitious and mature album Norma Jean has releases to date. Read more
Published on October 3, 2008 by Morton
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