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Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child is the first outing since Luti-Kriss adopted the new name Norma Jean, due to constant confusion from certain venues who believed the band was the hip-hop MC Ludacris. While the band's old material showed great promise, few could have expected such a ferocious follow-up, as this is an album that can be described simply as audio chaos. Norma Jean follows no rhyme or reason, and bludgeons the listener with repeated blasts of macabre hardcore/metal that are as confusing as they are cataclysmic. While few bands could pull off placing a 15-plus-minute track in the center of an album, Norma Jean dares to be different, and manages to place ...
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All Music Guide - Jason D. Taylor
Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child is the first outing since Luti-Kriss adopted the new name Norma Jean, due to constant confusion from certain venues who believed the band was the hip-hop MC Ludacris. While the band's old material showed great promise, few could have expected such a ferocious follow-up, as this is an album that can be described simply as audio chaos. Norma Jean follows no rhyme or reason, and bludgeons the listener with repeated blasts of macabre hardcore/metal that are as confusing as they are cataclysmic. While few bands could pull off placing a 15-plus-minute track in the center of an album, Norma Jean dares to be different, and manages to place "Pretty Soon, I Don't Know What, but Something Is Going to Happen" effectively without killing the album's momentum. The only real problem that arises on Bless the Martyr is that in all the commotion, Norma Jean tends to get lost amidst the carnage, involuntarily dragging songs on with no end in sight. Regardless of those mishaps, Norma Jean has patched together an intimidating album of gargantuan proportions. Killswitch Engage's Adam Dutkiewicz once again has gone above and beyond with his incredible production capabilities, somehow capturing all the mayhem these five men churn out without ever allowing the songs to appear muddy or noisy. It is a shame that shortly before the album's release half of the band abandoned ship, leaving the group's future in the hands of fate.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/13/2002
  • Label: Solid State Records
  • UPC: 724353895624
  • Catalog Number: 38956

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Norma Jean Primary Artist
Christopher Day Guitar
Technical Credits
Alan Douches Mastering
Norma Jean Producer
Adam D. Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Breathtaking.

    Norma Jean's best CD to date. Josh Scogin has the best screaming voice ever. The songs are fast paced and just amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    buy it

    yesss this album is amazing, trully one of the best metalcore cd's in recent years

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    yay norma jean

    Metalcore!One of the most overrated typical metalcore bands out there.But they're still good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME!!!

    This is the best hardcore stuff (besides ZAO) i have in a long time. everything now is all punky screaming stuff its not real. this is real

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    crap

    this band is so typical, regular break downs and such just an average band. And no its not really technical, Extol is technical but i guess if you want to add an average harcore band to your collection they would fit in

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Norma Jean: Christian hardcore at it's finest

    they're soo good if you're into As I lay dying, Zao, Demon Hunter, Haste the Day, hatebreed or anything hardcore metal then this is the band for you, Brad is was an amazing singer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Is What I have Been Waiting For

    I have been waiting for a real metal,scream your heart out,hardly understand what they're saying,death metal sound with a christian message. Norma Jean is the answer to the call. Just listen to those fading riffs in "Face:Face". They're just simply amazing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    NORMA JEAN RAWKS!!!

    If you like Korn, Disturbed, System of a Down, Slipknot, or any other band like these, you'll like these guys. Go to the website www.godcore.com, IT RAWKS. It's where I found out about Norma Jean (Formerly known as Luti-Kriss).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Their show? You'll NEVER forget......

    ...hYEAH!! To b honest, there are no good words to describe this band, their album, and what more:Their show. You might have seen lots of bands, but these guys really go insane. It's rough, emotional, explosive and o so technicall stuff. Check them out!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This record hits like a ton of bricks

    The tracks on this album hit you hard with multiple breakdowns in single songs. THey start of slow and hard then explode.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bless The Band Kiss The Stage

    Not only is this cd AMAZING.. they are a great live band! from track to track i love it... deffinatley good to pick up if you like noisy hardcore with energy non stop!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    norma jean kicks a$$

    norma jean is an amazing band. they are one of the most hardcore christian bands out there. BUY IT..!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    oh man!

    This cd is definatley great!!! If you love hardcore this cd is a must. Go get it.

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