My Top 25 Favorite Albums of the Decade – 23

Redeemer by Norma Jean

Redeemer finds Norma Jean at the top of their game.  It’s creative, original, honest and most of all it’s aggressive to the core.  Many bands in the hardcore/metalcore genre tend to sound the same album to album, but Norma Jean has yet to make the same album twice.  The best way I can think of to describe this album is precision chaos.  Norma Jean’s music has always been chaotic, but here they’ve taken their fast paced mathematical guitars, crazy time signatures and throat shredding vocals and perfected it.  They’ve also manage to add more melody into these songs without sacrificing the ferocity.  Lyrically Redeemer was considerably less abstract than the previous two albums.  Instead the lyrics are more personal and have more depth.  The song “Amnesty Please” deals with mistrust and betrayal while “Cemetery Like a Stage” explores the scene surrounding the death of a loved one.  Although I don’t listen to this style of music very much anymore, this album is one I keep coming back to when I’m in the mood for something loud.

Stay tuned for 22!

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