Norma Jean

Release date: November 6th 2006
Label: Century Media

Distribution: EMI (Denmark)


Style: Noisy metal

Rating: 45/100
Cover artwork: 60/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: November 26th 2006

Could a band position itself on the metal scene by making an album that is mostly a mess and downright noisy? Not in my book. 

There’s a lot of energy and brutality in this album, no doubt about that, but what I really need for this to work is just one good song that is one piece and not just scattered clusters of efficiency. The video track Blueprints for Future Homes comes closest to what I’m looking for, but, hell, there’s nothing new under the sun in that college radio pleaser. 

As I’ve hinted at, there are really good things on ‘Redeemer’, but in the long run it doesn’t hold up when you’re left with a feeling that this is primarily calculated noise for noise’s sake, however attempted wrapped in a marketed shawl of emotional pretence.