Norma Jean: Redeemer

| May 30, 2007

I started listening to Norma Jean's Redeemer in a pretty good mood. By the time I was done, I had a massive headache and was ready to take a week-long nap--and that was even with a break in the middle to regroup. This is not an album I'd recommend to anyone, unless you're part of a psychological warfare unit heading to Iraq. Playing this sucker 24/7 for a day or so would weaken anyone's resolve, no matter what the situation.

The funny thing is, somebody spent a lot of money to make this dog hunt. Production values are top-notch, the recording is high-quality and everything about the liner notes bespeaks of loving attention to making a worthy product; hell, even the song titles give the appearance of thought and intelligent consideration. As far as I'm concerned, everything's fine until you actually hit play, and then it's like listening to metal machine music at volume 11, and your speakers out of sync. It actually approaches pain at a couple of points.

That's probably the point. A quick glance over the press kit shows certain adjectives that definitely apply here. Let's see, "Crushing?" Yep, that one fits. "Anguished?" Hell, yes. Ah, a noun. "Bellows?" Yes again. "Intense?" Without a doubt. "Melodic?" Yeah, pull the other one; it's got bells on. The men of Norma Jean seem to view their art as therapy, and that's cool. In this case, however, it seems like they recorded a whole lot of therapy and damn little art.

Anyway, you get the point. If you want something that sounds like the third ring of Hell with guitar accompaniment, buy this disc. Just don't play it around small wildlife; the ecological damage may be costly. If music's more your thing, look elsewhere.

--Brandon Nolta


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I wonder if the reviewer even realised NJ are a Christian band??

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Posted by Clive Lawrence on 02/04/2013 at 4:07 AM

One of the dullest reviews I've ever read. It doesn't even try to make a point. Well, apart from saying that this is chaos and noise; which is neither wrong or right, is just a extremely tenuous argument. Everything he says could be easily said for thousands of metalcore albums. The review is extraordinarily simplistic and the reviewer fails in reviewing THIS album in particular. And of course naively assumes that noisy sounds (just usual low-tuned distorted guitars, actually) have no artistic dignity whatsoever.

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Posted by Icebergs Are Like Humans on 09/21/2013 at 5:09 PM
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