Jul 182019

Atlanta, Georgia’s Norma Jean will release its eighth studio album, “All Hail”, on October 25 via Solid State Records. The disc was recorded earlier this year with producer Will Putney (Every Time I Die, Body Count) at his Graphic Nature Audio studio in Belleville, New Jersey.

A teaser for “All Hail” is available below.

The follow-up to 2016’s “Polar Similar” marks the final Norma Jean album to feature guitarist Jeff Hickey, who exited the band in May. At the time, Norma Jean said the decision to part ways with Hickey was due to his struggles with “alcohol addiction.” The other members of the group added that they “need to be his brothers before his bandmates” and they “continue to support Jeff in every effort toward sobriety and his personal health.” Continue reading »

Jan 162019

Norma Jean have released an official music video for their song ‘Children Of The Dead’ which you can check out below. That song was originally recorded during the sessions for the band’s 2016 album, “Polar Similar“, and was digitally released last week after first emerging via a recent deluxe vinyl edition of the album.

At present work continues on writing a new record from Norma Jean with tentative plans for a release later in the year. Continue reading »

Sep 082017

Douglasville, GA metalcore band Norma Jean checked in with the following:

“Polar Similar” turns one tomorrow. Check out the live footage music video for ‘I. The Planet’ and grab limited edition Planet lyric tees. All at

“Polar Similar” the band’s seventh record since their inception has been released on Sept. 9th. 2016 through Solid State Records. Featuring a bombastic approach to the songwriting, the song never lets the listener have a moment to catch their breath, chugging through riffs and blasting through rhythm sections without anything held back. This attitude seems to be what Norma Jean sought to capture across the entire record, a fire breathing group of musicians not ready to slow anything down. Continue reading »

Jan 192017

The second annual Chicago Open Air will bring together an all-star lineup of rock’s top artists on Friday, July 14, Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, just outside Chicago. The three-day music, craft beer and Gourmet Man Food festival will feature over 40 performances, including legendary rock artists Ozzy Osbourne , Kiss and Korn, along with Rob Zombie, Slayer, Demon Hunter (picture), Godsmack, Stone Sour, Megadeth, Norma Jean, Lamb of God, Seether, Meshuggah, Anthrax, Clutch, Body Count, and many more.

Check out the official Chicago Open Air video announcement below. Continue reading »

Norma Jean – “Polar Similar”

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Dec 202016

norma_jeanpolarx1-wpcf_300x300As metalcore bands come and go, Norma Jean has long stood as one of the pioneers of the genre and with their latest, Polar Similar, they clearly demonstrate why they have had such staying power.

For those who do not know of Norma Jean, the storied Atlanta band actually began in 1997 as Luti-Kriss.  Fun story, somewhere around 2000, I saw Luti-Kriss open for Zao at the Creep Crawl in St. Louis and it was a pretty crazy show in that small venue, which featured a floor-to-ceiling chain link fence to separate people from the bar area.  Seeing them there and then picking up their first album on Solid State, Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child (2002) had me as a fan.   As happens typically with bands that have been around close to 20 years, lineups change, people come and go, and in the current configuration vocalist Corey Brandan is the nearest thing to an original member but he didn’t even join the band until 2004.  Since Bless the Child… the band has been on nearly every large festival bill in the US including, OzzFest, Mayhem Fest, Radio Rebellion,  and Summer Slaughter as well as headlining a number of their own tours to support their six albums before Polar Similar and even picked up a Grammy nomination in 2006 for Best Recording Package for O God, The Aftermath.  For Polar Similar the band returns to Solid State Records and recorded the album at Pachyderm Studios in Minnesota with production by Josh Barber and mixing by Jeremy Griffith.  Pachyderm is where Nirvana recorded In Utero and Barber and Griffith had previously worked with the band on Wrongdoers (2013), so band combined a bit of the legendary with the familiar for the recording. Continue reading »