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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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Norma Jean has such a wide range in their sound. I really like this cd! It was a great choice.Published on October 22, 2013 by Melissa Hunter
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 on January 25, 2013 by John C. Trujillo
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 morePublished on December 23, 2010 by Jimmy
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 morePublished on August 29, 2010 by Holden Harris
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 morePublished on August 18, 2010 by T. Traverson
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
Without a doubt "Meridional" is Norma Jean's masterpiece album. It's more melodic than "Anti-Mother" with about twice the intensity. Read morePublished on August 2, 2010 by Media Lover
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. Read morePublished on July 30, 2010 by Matt Poole