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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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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 (Includes secret track Oriental)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 13, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: July 13, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • ASIN: B003M9P3JO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,756 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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The evolution of this band is a beautiful thing. They went from a lack of clean vocals, which were vengeful and beautiful in it's self, to incorporating clean vocals that are simply outstanding. None of those wannabe boyband clean vocals, but this raspy, low toned clean vocal filled with melody and harmony that just hit the spot. If this is your first Norma Jean album and your open to a different type of clean vocal, even if your iffy give it a shot. Now don't count Norma Jean out if your not a fan of clean vocals, just get one of there earlier albums and start from there. When all is said and done this is one of my favorite albums by one of my favorite bands over all (not just by Norma Jean). I'd like to add that this is a Christian band. I am not a Christian, more or less on the fence with God and religion. Norma Jean is not preachy by any means. They are wonderful story tellers that tell unbelievable stories filled with good morals and faith. Read between the line for a beautiful twist on words or sit back and enjoy a vengeful and harmonious combo that is Norma Jean and this work of art. A must own metalcore album for almost any metalcore fan if I say so myself. In closing I'd like to add that while this review comes 6 years after the albums release I had bought this album upon its release and had it taken from me. In turn I had so much love and respect for this album it was a must replace, and by doing so on amazon it gave me a chance to sing much deserving praise for a long time and still to date much loved band and their album that is both extremely aggressive and melodic.
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