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Following the replacement of three core members, Norma Jean comes roaring back to life on Wrongdoers, an impressive follow-up to 2010’s Meridional. With cofounder/guitarist Chris Day leading the charge, the band harnesses the squalling noise of earlier releases with a surer grasp of melody and structure. Vocalist Cory Brandan Putman snarls and bellows like a man at the brink of the abyss, articulating a palpable sense of defiance rather than choking on his own bile. His bandmates match thick distortion waves with kinetic blast beats and crushing chug passages on “If You’ve Got It at Five, You’ve Got It at Fifty,” “The Lash Whistled Like a Stinging Wind," and similar tunes. More melodic but no less forceful are tracks like “Triffids” (sparked by arresting harsh/clean vocal interplay) and “The Potter Has No Hands” (carried by a stuttering beat and panic-wracked riffage). Themes of spiritual warfare and emotional crisis course through the lyrics, culminating in the glimmers of hope shining amid the stately gloom of “Sun Dies, Blood Moon.” Norma Jean turns Wrongdoers into a statement of renewal, delivered with a vengeance.

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If you like Randy Travis then you'll love Norma Jean.

Wrongdoers feels oh so right

I've been a fan of Norma Jean since Bless The Martyr, Kiss The Child and I've gotta say, they've really taken the cake with this one. Meridional was a masterpiece of heavy music and I honestly felt like they were going to have a hard time topping it. Why I ever doubted them, I'll never know. The new members have clearly brought something rad to the already stellar songwriting force of Cory Brandan and Chris Day. The guitar work is incredible, the drums are crushing, the bass lines are on point, and Cory's vocals are straight menacing. The Almighty Norma Jean have proven, once again, that they are the kings of their craft and everyone else is just sitting on the sidelines.


This album BLEW ME AWAY. This is the Norma Jean we all know and love. One of the few bands to actually grow and progress instead of selling out and totally changing, or sounding exactly the same album after album. No, Wrongdoers is impressive to say the least.


Formed: 1997 in Douglasville, GA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Not to be confused with the late-'70s disco diva (who sang with Chic in 1977 before going solo and scoring a hit with 1978's "Saturday") or the country singer (who enjoyed a successful run in the '60s), this Norma Jean is a Christian alternative metal/metalcore band previously known as Luti-Kriss. Norma Jean adopted a rap-metal approach during their early years; in reviews, the former Luti-Kriss was often described as the Christian equivalent of Limp Bizkit, Korn, (hed) p.e., Methods of Mayhem, or...
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Wrongdoers, Norma Jean
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock, Hard Rock
  • Released: Aug 06, 2013

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