I have been looking forward to Norma Jean's new release and seeing them live again! I like these guys, not only music and performance-wise, but as people. They are not just nice guys, they are quite intriguing and put a lot of thought into what they do and how they affect the world around them. -M
Norma Jean On Tour This Spring as Direct Support on the Thrice Tour, Bamboozle; Then Norma Jean Heads Out As Direct Support On Tour With Underoath PLUS Vans Warped Tour!!!
Norma Jean are just coming off of their Second US Headline Tour with The Chariot, ALOL and Handshake Murders; the follow up to 2006's Sold-Out nationwide Radio Rebellion tour in support of their latest Tooth and Nail release titled "Redeemer". Southern music in the key of D minor. An insistent march of bedlam and beauty. Continual in nothing. Always shifting, always building. Never uniform.
Outburn Magazine boasts, "CHAOTI-CORE MADE MEMORABLE: more chaotic, heartfelt, and melodic Cory Brandan makes a career defining vocal performance as he alternates between anguished yells and melodic bellows that run over with intensity. The dual guitar attack of Scottie Henry and Chris Day are more hook oriented and (dare we say it) catchy. A plodding, emotional epic that sums up the group's passion for intensity. Norma Jean has made the most personal and diverse record of their career with Redeemer".
Born in 2001, the newborn Norma Jean was an image of achievement, releasing the highly praised debut "Bless the Martyr, Kiss the Child" in 2002, recordedcompletely live, everything from the urgency of vocals to the unveiling of enthusiasm through their instruments. Three years later, with ruthless expeditions and mud slinging labor behind them, they would capture another shape with the release of their dual named, sophomore record "O God the Aftermath" (The Marvelous End of the Exhausted Contender). A dynamic gale of furious sound and unrelenting passion from start to finish. A tempest now awaits, with one of Norma Jean's most eventful years to date.
The engine fuels to advance its musical endeavors with their new release titled "Redeemer" produced by Ross Robinson (At the Drive in, Deftones, Slipknot) released September of 2006.
"Barely a year removed from "O' God", Norma Jean found the time to write the expected-and satisfyingly-raging-follow-up to one of 2005's angriest releases. Only with bigger production and a hint of surprise. 2006 brings more mathy structures and a few pseudo-melodic episodes and keep this album free of any self-absorbed instrumental tracks, allowing the record to flow and rage for almost 45 minutes; explores some electronic flourishes, but still concludes with the same hardcore might... "Redeemer's" angst and furyare undeniable" Alternative Press
"On the brutal "Redeemer" these Lambs Of God stay true to all they hold dear: namely their faith and really heavy music. A menacing brutal slab of noisecore with just a hint of melody" Revolver
Tour dates are as follows:
Norma Jean with Thrice
May-01 Orlando, FL @ Club at Firestone
May-02 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
May-03 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
May-04 Towson, MD Recher Theater
May-06 East Rutherford, NJ Bamboozle Meadowlands
Norma Jean with Underoath
May -13 - Jacksonville, FL Plush
May -14 - Columbia, SC Headliners Music Hall
May -17 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music HAll
May -18 - Nashville, TN @ Rocket Town
May -19 - Nashville, TN @ Rocket Town
May -20 - Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theater
May -21 - New Orleans, LA @House Of Blues
May -23 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
June 30 Marietta, IL Corner Stone Festival
Norma Jean will be performing special engagement, headlining the main stage on 5 markets on Vans Warped Tour 2007:
July-18 Atlanta, GA Warped HI Fi Amphitheatre
July-19 Jacksonville, FL Warped Metropolitan Park
July-20 St Petersburg, FL Warped Vinoy Park
July-21 Miami, FL Warped Bayfront Amphitheatre
July-22 Orlando, FL Warped Tinker Field
Other fests Norma Jean will perform at are as follows
August-18 Lewisberry, PA Purple Door
August 25 -Cortland, OH Collide Music Festival
September-01 Frenchtown, NJ Revelation Generation Fest
September-03 Seattle, WA Bumbershoot Festival