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Meridional [CD]

Norma Jean Audio CD
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Cory Brandan (Lead Vocals/Guitars)
Scottie Henry (Guitars)
Jake Schultz (Bass)
Chris Day (Guitars)
Chris Raines (Drums)

With their fifth full length studio disc and first for Razor & Tie, Atlanta’s post-hardcore giants Norma Jean have delivered what many will come to regard as the heavy music album of 2010. Building on the sonic bedlam that has already earned the ... Read more in Amazon's Norma Jean Store

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  • Audio CD (12 July 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • ASIN: B003M9P3JO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,341 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13. Innocent Bystanders United
14. Oriental

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Grammy-nominated metal band Norma Jean return with their heaviest record yet, Meridional. The bands fifth studio album revisits the abrasive and chaotic roots of classic Norma Jean while offering fans a dark experimental sidethe band stretching out on moody, slow-burn jams. It is an album that finds the band comfortable in its legacy but progressive and bold in its creativity. Meridional was recorded in February 2010 at Glow in the Dark Studios in Atlanta with producer Jeremy Griffith. Vocalist Cory Brandan described Meridional: It's a heavy record, multifaceted with epic sounding, experimental songs, some fast, chaotic songs, and some melodic, commanding interludes. Any track we didn't think had reached its utmost sonic prowess was given a second look, revised to be as powerful as possible.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: Highly infectious sounds! 1 Dec 2010
Format:Audio CD
This album is maybe not as immediate as 'Redeemer' the bands third (and in my opinion their best effort prior to 'Meridional')release, but give it a couple of spins and before long you may (like myself) find yourself pretty much listening to 'Meridional' on repeat. I've only owned this a few weeks but I'd already rate this a classic, probably their best yet, and definitely one of this years best releases.

Its probably not Norma Jean's heaviest release (as some claim) but the dark, melodic atmosphere on quieter moments really augments the sheer cathartic power of its joyous heaviest peaks. Not heavy just for the sake of it, but incredibly well crafted making both the light & heavy sides more poignant. Somehow the band craft great melody buried beneath layers of noisy (and often technical guitars) to superb effect, like no one else can.

Highlights for me so far are 'A media friendly turn for the worse' 'Deathbed atheist' 'The people that surround you on a regular basis' 'Falling from the sky:day seven'(showing a softer but no less intense side to NJ) and 'Everlasting tapeworm' (also the prize for best song title!) There are no low points and the album contains a few nice intrumental segments that allow the record room to breathe.

Well done Norma Jean, building on and feeding off their past works and creatively striving for more with this inspired (and addictive!) release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Meridional a triumph of an album 16 July 2010
Format:Audio CD
Norma Jean take their listeners on a musical voyage with Meridional. The chaotic fury, which was O God the Aftermath is clearly evident on several tracks, in particular on the first half of the album. The Anthem of the Angry Brides is an outstanding track and one of the band's most abrasive and harsh songs yet. However this is not just O God II and Norma Jean have not been afraid to explore their more melodic tendencies either, without falling into the trap of being generic or commercial. Tracks such as Falling from the Sky: Day Seven and Innocent Bystanders United are among the stand out tracks that have that poignant edge that Norma Jean bring and are hauntingly epic. This is by far the most avant-garde piece of music Norma Jean have produced including a couple of dark and experimental interludes between their dissonant and metallic onslaught. Cory Brandon's vocals are as cathartic as ever and Meridional demonstrates his broadest range yet. Meridional is Norma Jean's most epic album to date and is an utter triumph, masterfully showcasing their progression as a band. This album is a must for any Norma Jean fan whether old skool or new and will definitely be a listening experience unlike most other albums released this year.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great solid album 19 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD
Most of the songs are really good and all of the songs have some interesting aspect to them. One of Norma Jeans best albums!
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