Norma Jean

Norma Jean

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Wrongdoers

Norma Jean

Razor & Tie

Photo by Spencer Chaplin

In 2005, Norma Jean re-emerged from the departure of frontman Josh Scogin with O’ God the Aftermath, an album of precision and melody in a tug-of-war with muddling haze and feedback—all filtered through the gaze of late-’90s hardcore. Not only did Aftermath introduce vocalist Cory Brandan’s caustic scream, it firmly set the mold of sonic layers for future releases. Wrongdoers is the band’s seventh LP, and its ability to sell disdain and hope in a chaotic drift of breakdowns is as strong as ever. “If You Got It at Five, You Got It at Fifty” displays a guttural explosion as a proof of life. However, the album’s title track covers nothing new, its melody seemingly pulled from 2008’s The Anti Mother. The song begs for a heart-strung sing along, but as Brandan sings before the weighted combustion on “Triffids,” “Silence shows nothing but weakness.”

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