The first time I listened to this album I almost threw it out because it was so DIFFERENT from Kiss the Martyr. I didnt listen to it for awhile, but eventually I started to listen to it and I noticed how good it really it really was. I think people who buy it should listen to it fully through the first time. Every song is amazing on this cd its just different. The guitar riffs are still amazing just in a different way than Kiss the Martyr…Whoever said this album is garbage should take a close listen. Yes the new singer is nowhere as good as Josh was, he really doesnt have any range but he is still good without it. The music matters more to me than the singer tho and the music is amazing but it differs from Bless the Martyr because it is much more repetitive, but Ive learned to like repetitive music much like A Life Once Lost. All in All an amazing album you just gotta break it in.
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When I first spun this CD in my car stereo the thing that immediately jumped into my mind is that this CD sounded more like Botch than anything I’d ever heard besides Botch. This isnt necessarily a bad thing though, I liked Botch a lot and this is a great CD nonetheless. O’ God the Aftermath isnt as noisy as Norma Jean’s past CD’s and certainly nowhere near as noisy as Josh Scogins new band the Chariot, but still contains enough mathy riffs to satisfy any fan of your standard mathcore bands (Dillinger, Coalesce, Botch, ETID, etc) Overall definitely worth a listen.
When I first listened to “Bless the Martyr, Kiss the Child”, the eloquent makeup of brutally efficient hardcore by Norma Jean, I never thought that they could make an album that could come close to matching the shear superiority of the album. I was wrong, and I’ll tell you why; not because “O’ God…” necessarily matches up, but because the two are literally uncomparable.
When Josh (Lead Vocalist) left the band, he also left the traditional sound that made Norma Jean special as well, and brought it to his newest project, The Chariot. Then, after brief vocal hiatus, Cory joined the band as the lead vocalist, and he, like Josh, brought an innovative sound with him. So comes the the brilliantly simple but never outdated cliche, with every death there is rebirth. And to further prove my mondane use of this cliche, Norma Jean was “reborn”, and they proved it on their sophomore album “O’ God…”
The album itself, a priceless commodity of artistic sound, brings such an energy, vigor, and individuality that the world of Hardcore music lacks today. The album hits hard immediately with #1 “Murderotica”, a passionate, short and sweet (1:58) collection of bliss. Cory yells “Our knives say ‘We’re making way for this, the ending’”, it takes a lot not to jump out of your chair and start beating up air vivaciously.
#3 “Bayonetwork” is the single of the album, and is one of only three songs on the CD with actual singing vocals on it. A rough melody as Cory sings “This is between me and this blade and my heart”. The guitars, a heavy crunch in a tuning called “A Minor” which is unheard of to many, but makes the sound of the guitars that much more different from other hardcore acts.
The best song on the album has to be #8 “Absentimental”, a comprised use of fast paced metal mixed with the traditional use of breakdown previously demonstrated in “Bless the Martyr, Kiss the Child”. I listen to this song whenever I either need to get pumped up for the day, or I’m really pissed off about something; it’s therapy I promise, try it.
I recommend this album to anyone who is smart enough to know what pure art is, because that’s what “O’ God the Aftermath” is, pure art. Lyrically superior, heavy as a Sumo Wrestler, brilliantly passionate, and blissfully heartfelt in their intentions; Norma Jean did not go wrong when they made this album. They have become an inspiration to me and many others, displaying that a belief in something beyond ourselves does not prevent us from writing heavy music.
So go, buy this album, blast it to the max, and live the dream…
We all know this. Stuff is starting to blend together. This is admittedly a low point in the genre. Sophomre albums aren’t getting any better: the days of coalesce, classic dillinger, and converge are ways away. We’ve got a new genre that encompasses about 75% of the releases out there: “Screamo”. It’s a terrible label, but we’ve got to face it, it’s there. It encompasses everything from Glass and Ashes incredible album “Aesthetic Arrest” to some band far past any sort of prime, a.k.a The Used. Drop us off at the heavier edge for one of the most important and ground-breaking bands in the genre: Norma Jean.
Previously known as Luti-Kriss, switching singers and bassists (I believe), the band has emerged from BTM,KTC which will go down in history as one of the most devastating hardcore albums of the last ten years to this new piece: O God, The Aftermath.
As a huge fan all the way from the LK days, this release was almost as important as my 19th birthday (O canada…). After purchasing it, I threw it on and was quickly greeted with a track that had me in awe. Murderotica gets to the point and beats you up very quickly. But nonetheless, it was different, there was less definition in the instruments, the guitars had lost that finely tuned distortion that was sharp and punching, there were less earth-moving breakdowns that could keep you dazed, the vocals were a little more hollowed out, but it still sounded like NJ. Continuing on, after hitting track 4, you start to get worried. Where did the devastation go? No, it’s not nearly as heavy, it’s just more dulled down and less noticeable. They do manage to salvage their way out with Absentimental, but they should never have to
Bottom line is this: Norma Jean lost its edge, but that doesn’t mean they still don’t own over half the genre when it comes to energy and lyrical prowess. They can still hammer off the memorable breakdowns (See and Liarsenic at 1:43 and Absentimental at 2:39), they can still hold a dangerous atmosphere over your head (Disconnecktie echoes the legendary 15:49 Pretty Soon… from BTM but doesn’t quite meet the standards), and lyrically they still write better than a very large chunk of the artists out there (See whole CD). This album is worth buying, no doubt about that, but remember, don’t expect the same artist between albums ever again, for any artist.
I, like most Norma Jean fans, had a few concerns about this album with a few changes in the bands line up especially the lead singer I was worried the band would lose that special something they had when they first started out as Luti Kriss. Happy to report that this album is a worthy follow up to “Bless the martyr”. The new lead singer does a great job of keeping with the “norma jean” sound instead of mucking it up.
How does one follow up such a brilliant epic as “Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child”? Well for starter’s they don’t try to repeat what made that album so great so the new songs feel fresh, energized and sound damn right incredible at times. There are one or two tracks near the end that unfortunately sound a little predictable and they slow down the pace of the record with the typical redundant hard core sound you hear all over the place. This may have been them just being a little too complacement and I think they should have pushed those songs further. It’s not perfect but what is these days? It’s still heavy and sounds absolutely insane from one moment to the next and there is plenty of what us Norma Jean fans have come to expect.
There are some really good riffs and melodic break downs it’s nice that they don’t give into the trend of having melodic melodies on top of a mixture of screaming and singing. This is all heavy and any soft moments are down right creepy and that should keep the tweens far away from this scene. They have abandoned the repeating drone they did on Martyr so there is less repetition and this makes the songs a bit more tighter.
Love the new singer, love the evolution of their sound, and I love this new album. I was not dissapointed and I give them alot of credit for moving past the hype and giving us something worth listening too. I don’t hand out 4 stars to just any album but this is a 4 star record, no doubt about it.