Norma Jean - Redeemer

Published Saturday 30th June 2007
Norma Jean - Redeemer
Norma Jean - Redeemer

STYLE: Hard Music
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 19755-12658
LABEL: Solid State TND63560
RELEASE DATE: 2006-10-31
RRP: £1.99

Reviewed by Graeme Crawford

Norma Jean have always come across with the subtlety of a sledgehammer. Brutal, crushing guitar riffs, thunderous rhythms and blistering vocals are the Norma Jean trademark. These elements remain in 'Redeemer' but the band have made subtle changes to their sound which has strongly divided opinion. The band provoked a backlash on their myspace site with the posting of "Blueprints For Future Homes" as the first track from the new album. Many fans were upset as the song clocks in at less than three minutes and features some proper singing. However the band have forged on and produced a belter of an album. Shorter songs, some singing and more melodies there may be, but the band have lost nothing of their trademark aggression. Having learnt to temper their sound in places, the heavier sections stand out and become more effective. Some fans of the band will unfortunately be pushed away by this evolution, but the band are gaining more of an acceptance from mainstream rock press. "We're not going backwards," screams vocalist Corey Brandan on "A Temperamental Widower", and on the evidence of this album it's very hard to disagree.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. A Grand Scene For A Color Film [Listen]
2. Bluprints For Future Homes [Listen]
3. A Small Spark Vs. Great Forest [Listen]
4. ATerperamental Widower [Listen]
5. The End Of All Things Will Be Televised [Listen]
6. Songs Sound Much Sadder [Listen]
7. The Longest Lasting Statement [Listen]
8. Amnesty Please [Listen]
9. Like Swimming Circles [Listen]
10. Cemetary Like A Stage [Listen]
11. No Passenger, No Parrasite [Listen]

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