Thrash Hits

September 9th, 2013

If You Buy One Thing This Week: Wrongdoers by Norma Jean

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There’s been a fair few metalcore records released this year (as well as a fair few in the pipeline that we’ve had an advanced listen to) that have really been standout moments for the genre. We’re prepared to go out on a limb here and suggest that 2013 is going to be remembered in future years as something of a golden 12 months for the genre, which is why we’ve plumped for Norma Jean’s excellent Wrongdoers as our choice for If You Buy One Thing This Week.

So yeah, while this probably isn’t quite as good as the forthcoming album from The Devil Wears Prada, but right now, the new Norma Jean album will keep that metalcore itch of yours well and truly scratched. It’s dark, it’s crushing, it never once feels like they’ve let the metalcore formula get in the way of taking risks with their songwriting, and the 14-minute closing track, ‘Sun Dies, Blood Moon’, is an absolute beast.

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