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O God, The Aftermath [Deluxe Edition]

O God, The Aftermath [Deluxe Edition]

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by Norma Jean
     
 
Norma Jean's lineup shifted again between Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child and 2005's O God, The Aftermath -- the Georgia metalcore unit got a new bassist in Jake Schultz, and replaced vocalist Josh Scrogin with former ESO Charis shouter Cory Brandan. Still, there's no rage or passion lost. Brandan is comparably distraught on the microphone, and he matches

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Norma Jean's lineup shifted again between Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child and 2005's O God, The Aftermath -- the Georgia metalcore unit got a new bassist in Jake Schultz, and replaced vocalist Josh Scrogin with former ESO Charis shouter Cory Brandan. Still, there's no rage or passion lost. Brandan is comparably distraught on the microphone, and he matches wits ably with the pummel of Norma Jean's twin guitars. "This world is damned to hell and it's a revelation," he spits over the manic, jagged rhythms of "'Coffinspire." "I'll set myself on fire/Come on, watch me burn." Later, in "Pretendeavor," Brandan speaks directly and with force. "Oh my God, hand us down our ribbons/You death defier you/Far from fear, we are." It's an important tactic in the Norma Jean arsenal, this balance between pain and religious fervor, between hate and hope. Hardcore, metal, whatever -- heavy music pierces the soul. And with O God, The Aftermath, it's clear Norma Jean has entwined its faith so tightly around its amplifiers that there's no separating the two without destruction of one. Isis and Mastodon producer Matt Bayles helps with this stance, removing any reverb (maybe even any overdubs?) to reveal Norma Jean's gristle. Revealing the truth he leaves to the band. "Murderotica," "Vertebraille" (?) These songs are relentless. Their gaps, stops, starts, and interplay of single and dual guitars push the listener toward the meaning with a dynamic volatility. "Bayonetwork"'s rabid pace cuts out for an almost melody, and Brandan delivers the payoff: "This is between me and this blade/And my heart." "Disconnecktie" (these word-jumble titles are a little trying) is a ten-minute powerhouse of swirling distortion chum and ambient metal driftwood -- it sketches more of the ship and sea imagery that drifts throughout the album. "Scientifiction" is another album highlight. It's the record's last song, but after 45 minutes Norma Jean is still screaming mad, intensely passionate, and seemingly incapable of coming up with a riff that doesn't rip through bone and sinew, right to the heart of the matter. [This deluxe edition includes bonus DVD material.]

Product Details

Release Date:
03/21/2006
Label:
Tooth & Nail Records
UPC:
0094634764827
catalogNumber:
47648

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Murderotica: An Avalanche in D Minor
  2. Vertebraille: Choke That Thief Called Dependence
  3. Bayonetwork: Vultures in Vivid Color
  4. Dilemmachine: Coalition Hoax
  5. Shaunluu
  6. Coffinspire: Multitudes, Multitudes in the Valley of Decision
  7. Liarsenic: Creating a Universe of Discourse
  8. Disconnecktie: The Faithful Vampire
  9. Absentimental: Street Clam
  10. Charactarantula: Talking to You and the Intake of Glass
  11. Pretendeavor: In Reference to a Sinking Ship
  12. Scientifiction: I. A Clot of Tragedy/II. A Swarm of Dedication

Disc 2

  1. [Untitled Track]

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O God, The Aftermath 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of the worst albums I've heard in years. nothing like what Josh added to the band. go back to eso charis. it hurts to give it one star.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While it's very different from the first cd, after a few listenings to adjust to the new sound I realized how awsome this album is! Mussically its far more advanced than the 1st album, and contains singing vocals, real riffing, and head banging rythem. New singer Cory Brandon definately proves he's the right man for the job on this one. If you like heavy music get this album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Norma Jean has come out and established themselves as one of, if not THE top math-metal/post-hardcore band out there once again with the release of their new album. Wild, crashing guitar riffs and lines mix with perfectly executed off-kilter(in a good way) drums and some serious vocals to mold a complex, interesting work of music that you can wrap your mind around and immerse yourself in, while still remaining catchy unlike loads of other bands trying the same things. Loved the last CD, but I felt it prodded along a bit too much, with some sloppy stuff filling in the songs as well. This one's cut out the fat, trimmed and toned, but still hits you the same way and leaves you satisfied. I say well done gentlemen. Well done.........
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a truly fantastic album. Norma Jean executes they're math/death metal perfectly. The riffs are amazing, the drums create a series of off kilter time signatures, but this is all done well. Norma Jean definitely blows everyone else trying to write music like this out of the water.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Metal Album That Is Going To Be A Classic Favorite, from the first song to the last!!! If Anyone Likes Underoath, Then this is an ultimate MUST-HAVE!!!! I hope everyone is as Thrilled and Amazed as i am.