NORMA JEAN will release its new studio album, “Wrongdoers”, on August 6 through Razor & Tie. The follow-up to 2010’s “Meridional” was recorded at Covenant Recording Studios in Kansas City with producerJosh Barber and was mixed by Jeremy Griffith.
“Wrongdoers” is the band’s sixth full-length album and their second for Razor & Tie.
Pre-order “Wrongdoers” now in various bundles that include at MerchNow. Available items include t-shirts, the digipak edition of the album, a poster as well as limited-edition vinyl pressed in purple, blue/grey swirl and clear. There is also an exclusive limited edition special 3.5” vinyl featuring B-sides “AHHH! SHARK BITE AHHH!” and “Chug On Three”.
“Wrongdoers” track listing:
01. Hive Minds
02. If You Got It At Five, You Got It
04. Potter Has No Hands
05. Sword In Mouth, Fire Eyes
06. Afterhour Animals
07. The Lash Whistled Like A Singing
08. Neck In the Hemp
10. Funeral Singer
11. Sun Dies, Blood Moon
“We had a lot of fun writing this record,” says NORMA JEAN lead vocalist Cory Brandan. “We moved our space to a secluded area and wrote off and on for about two years. We really pushed ourselves to do something really different while expanding on what we’ve done in the past. We also slapped some old school classic NORMA JEAN nastiness on it. We really struggled between wanting to have the fastest songs we’ve ever written to having the most groove-driven songs, so the record is about half and half.
“We originally thought we would have been in and out of the studio by February 2012. We set the bar really high and once that time came around we discovered that the record wasn’t ready. We felt it was best to push it back and make sure we didn’t put out something that we were going to be less satisfied with. We experimented with strings, piano, organ, percussion and tons of live tracks that all will be present on this record.”
The band’s fourth CD, “The Anti Mother”, opened with more than 16,000 copies back in August 2008 to land at No. 29.
“Meridional” was released on July 13, 2010 via Razor & Tie.
Aniruddh “Andrew” Bansal of Metal Assault recently conducted an interview with former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Metal Assault: Your new solo DVD+CD, “ABachalypse Now”, came out recently. It has three shows from last year, the Graspop and Hellfest festivals, and the show at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. While doing those shows, did you know that they were going to be released on the DVD?
Bach: No, except for the Nokia show. The other two we did not plan on releasing, or even filming them. But the record company asked me if I wanted to do a DVD, so I went through all of the footage. Those festivals were filmed by the people running the festival themselves, so they were available.
Jorn Lande (MASTERPLAN, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) and Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X, ADRENALINE MOB) will release the fourth ALLEN / LANDE collaborative album, “The Great Divide”, on October 17 in Europe and October 21 in North America via Frontiers Records. The CD was produced by Timo Tolkki (TIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON, STRATOVARIUS) and features the following track listing:
01. Come Dream With Me
02. Down From The Mountain
03. In The Hands Of Time
04. Solid Ground
05. Lady Of Winter
06. Dream About Tomorrow
07. Hymn To The Fallen
08. The Great Divide
09. Reaching For The Stars
A trailer for the album is available below.
ALLEN / LANDE’s previous albums were written and produced by Swedish guitarist/songwriter Magnus Karlsson (PRIMAL FEAR, STARBREAKER, LAST TRIBE).
The third ALLEN / LANDE collaborative CD was released in November 2010 via Frontiers. Entitled “The Showdown”, the CD was mixed by Achim Köhler (PRIMAL FEAR, SINNER, SILENT FORCE).
In a February 2012 interview with Rock Sins, Allen was asked if it was likely that he would ever do anything else with Lande in the future. “Maybe tour,” he said. “I don’t know if we’re going to do another record. I think we should tour first and get to know each other and all that good stuff and see if we’ve got something. I think it would be fun. I don’t know what he’s up to. We don’t talk, we have no relationship, really, so I don’t know what he’s up to, but I think it would be a good idea for some touring. I do like doing records with him, because it’s easy, the songs are great and his voice is great, and I always look forward to doing it. ‘It’s Allen and Lande time’ [laughs], so I can just get in the studio and do my thing and it’s a lot of fun. But there’s nothing currently on the slate coming up that I know of. We finished our contract run with that, and I haven’t talked to Frontiers about it.”