2 days! That’s how long you have to wait for the new Norma Jean album All Hail. The album will be released everywhere October 25. The four singles that are out right now, “[Mind over Mind]”, “Safety Last”, “Landslide Defeater” and “/with_errors”, are as heavy hitting as ever. I didn’t expect anything less from the metalcore legends!
Norma Jean are pioneers in the metalcore genre and have been around for over 20 years. As with many bands that have been around for that long, they have gone through a few lineup changes. None of the current members were in the founding lineup but they keep the same heavy metalcore sound they’ve had since the beginning. The only members of the band include vocalist Cory Brandan and guitarist Phillip Farris. The rest of the lineup are touring musicians. Fun fact, the were originally named Luti-Kriss, named after the real name of Marilyn Monroe.
All Hail is Norma Jean’s eighth full-length studio release. It was recorded at Graphic Nature Audio in New Jersey and produced by Will Putney. Will Putney is a veteran metal producer having worked with artists like The Amity Affliction, Miss May I, Upon a Burning Body and many more. Just knowing that, I already know that the album will have a quality sound.
Every song released so far is heavy hitting from the start and never let up. The lyrics are just as harsh as the music. Some examples are the first two lines in “[Mind over Mind]”, “Give it death ’til it comes alive, yeah // Give it death”, and then the breakdown “A quiet weapon for a peaceful kill // A quiet weapon for a peaceful kill”. Then in “Safety Last”, “I’ll burn every bridge in the world // Cause I never want cross them again”.
Norma Jean is currently on The Act Tour promoting All Hail so make sure you don’t miss them if they’re coming to a city near you. They are with The Devil Wears Prada and Gideon. Hopefully, I’ll be at the November 13 show in New York, NY so let me know if you’ll be there too!
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