Norma Jean -The Antimother

By Jason B on August-11-2008 | Filed under College Reports Online click.

Norma Jean -The Antimother
3.3 (8 votes)

Artist: Norma Jean
Album: The Anti-Mother
Label: Solid State
Release Date: August 5, 2008
Review By: Jason B

Track Listing:

1. Vipers, Snakes and Actors
2. Slef Employed Chemist
3. Birth of Anti-Mother
4. Robots 3 Humans 0
5. Death of the Anti-Mother
6. Surrender Your Sons
7. Murphy Was An Optimist
8. Opposite of Left and Wrong
9. Discipline Your Daughters
10. And There Will Be a Swarm of Hornets

The self proclaimed “almighty” Norma Jean has returned with their fourth and final studio album on Solid State, “The Anti-Mother” (fifth if you include “Throwing Myself” by Luti-Kriss). Back again on the producing front is Ross Robinson (Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, From First to Last), they’ve got a new drummer, and the cd includes guest spots from the likes of Chino Moreno and that one guy from Helmet. If all systems go then the odds are that it’s pretty good, right? Or is it?

The cd opens with a solid, steady drum-beat before ferociously storming into “Vipers, Snakes and Actors” and the listener is instantly caught inside of the whirlwind of everything that is “The Anti-Mother”. Every track on this record is solid and heavy in a diverse manner that only Norma Jean produce. The overall lyrical tone and musical sound of the record is dark, which is not a bad thing but in fact only helps to better serve what I think is the overall theme of the record: frustration. Words like struggle, violence, and a mad bee-hive come to mind. Everything seems to be focused, natural, angry, and, thus, everything you would expect from this band. The majority of the cd is really good and the tracks that feature Page Hamilton and that one guy from Deftones are both solid songs.

I watched an interview with the band leading up to the release of the new cd and they stated that when they went into the studio they didn’t have any pre-conceived ideas or notions in regards to the songs that would be put on the disc and were quick to point out that what came out in the end was natural. Unfortunately, this record doesn’t really flow all that well. On previous efforts Norma jean would hit the listener in the mouth and not be afraid to do the same thing over and over again throughout the duration of the cd. This record seems lackluster at times. I really sincerely believe that this is what naturally came out. However, it seems like they just didn’t feel like really trying on some songs and, to be honest, those songs are just flat out boring (“Self Employed Chemist”, “Discipline Your Daughters”). This is not to say that there aren’t good songs. I dare anyone to listen to the epic monster that is “Death of The Anti-Mother” and not be impressed.

Despite my gripes, I seriously enjoy the new Norma Jean cd and think you will as well. It’s not perfect, but it also hasn’t left my cd player, nor have I even thought about listening to another cd since it came out a week ago. It definitely has some heavy stuff like you would expect from them, but it’s not chaotic music like they’re known for. It’s a new type of heavy for them and I love that about this band. Every cd that they make has a little bit of a sound from their past efforts, but a ton more of who they are musically in the present. They’re not making music so that they can be pigeon-holed into some scene or genre for the sake of someone else’s tastes. They do what they want. They look at it like they’re artists, because that’s exactly what they are and that’s what they get paid for. This is why other bands wish they were like them, but know that they will always be in their shadow. And when those other bands look up into the darkness hovering over them they’re reminded of why all hail “the almighty Norma Jean”.


Standout tracks: “Vipers Snakes and Actors”, “Death of The Anti-Mother”, “Surrender Your Sons”, “And There Will Be a Swarm of Hornets”

Norma Jean -The Antimother, 3.3 out of 5 based on 8 ratings

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24 Responses to 'Norma Jean -The Antimother'

  1. Sean says:

    The only major gripe I have about this particular album is that the drums aren’t NEARLY as good as their previous efforts.

  2. nate says:

    I still can’t get into this album at all.
    The standout tracks mentioned are pretty much the only ones I can listen to without cringing.

    I’m going to try to sell this right away.

  3. Hmmm… the whole time I’m reading this I feel like you hate the new NJ, then you give it a score of 7/10. Personally, I think this album may be the NJ record yet, the only one I can really listen to back to back without getting bored. I love the addition of some slight melody. I also love the more rock and roll feel of the guitar riffs. The dude from Spitfire’s drumming fits the music perfectly.

    This is obviously a record that diehard NJ fans won’t like on principal alone. You failed to mention the best song “Opposite Of Left And Wrong”

  4. Essay Importance Following Orders click. says:

    i can be critical of the cd and still praise it at the same time. read the second paragraph again. i said that the majority of the cd is really good.

    i’m not a “diehard” fan of norma jean. i think they have a couple of phenomenal cd’s (“bless the martyr…” and “o god…”) and one really good one (“redeemer”. my opinion is that this one is not a great cd, but certainly not a bad one at the same time.

    best song? meh, that’s a matter of opinion. my personal fav was “death of the anti-mother”.

  5. I thought the drums where done really well especially when it was done by old spitfire drummer, but of course who is going to replace the orginial drummer that has been on the last 5 cd’s including Luti-kriss absoultely no one. I thought personally the drums could have been recorded better myself.

  6. this album had ALOT of hype =/
    I was expecting RAVE reviews haha

  7. Essay On My Best Teacher go. says:

    were cove reber’s guest vocals good? i like his voice a lot. are they up front or just in the background?

  8. nate says:

    I actually regret not liking this, because I am a fan of norma jean.
    but I really don’t like it at all.
    I believe it’s tracks 1, 5(death of the anti mother) and maybe 9? and definitely 10… that i think are freaking sweet… but the rest of the album is either mediocre or not even listenable in my opinion.

    Did the old drummer leave?
    I hope The Chariot releases something new soon…

  9. I’m glad someone else reviewed this. I’m still struggling getting into it.

  10. I was only a lukewarm Norma Jean fan prior to this album. All 3-4 of their other records had some great songs but never seemed to keep the momentum throughout.

  11. Business Plan Writers Washington Dc. says:

    From what I’ve heard, I’ve enjoyed this cd more than Bless the Martyr. That cd bores me.

  12. Norma Jean entered the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart at #29 with their new album The Anti Mother by selling over 16,000 copies in the first week. Not bad at all!

  13. Garrett says:

    i haven’t heard the album yet. and i do love norma jean. but i definitely disagree strongly with the last paragraph when it talks about other bands standing in the shadow of norma jean. does anyone ever listen to botch?

  14. nate says:

    Josh, thanks for the response.

    That explains a lot.
    The drums on bless the martyr were very distinct, and a big part of why I liked that cd so much. Losing both Scogin and that drummer was a bad decision. Norma Jean sounds like a thrice copy now, but not as good.

    I’m still trying to sell the anti mother to my friend so that I can buy something else.

  15. Levi G says:

    “Losing both Scogin and that drummer was a bad decision.”

    It’s not like they did it on purpose :-P

  16. nate says:

    I’m not sure why I worded it like that.
    I blame it on my workplace, it makes me mildy retarded.

    My apologies.

  17. grant says:

    @ garrett: aren’t you a little behind? they haven’t sounded like anything remotely close to botch since “o’god”.

  18. Levi G says:

    Haha Nate, as long as you don’t think they kicked them out of the band, it’s all good :)

  19. nate says:

    What is the real story behind Josh leaving? I heard it wasn’t on good terms at first?

  20. Andee says:

    Josh Scogin left because he felt his time in NJ was up. He felt that God was calling him in a new direction. After several months of playing guitar in the youth praise and worship band at my church he slowly created what is now know as The Chariot.

  21. XWriting on the WallsX says:

    I was actually hoping and looking for a review on Bless the Child ect .. vocals by Josh Scogin. Too bad there is only a review for this NJ album.

  22. Martin says:

    It`s not perfect, you say? Well, I think it is an absolute Masterpiece!!! Let`s rock!

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