Metal: Year in Review 2010

Metal: Year in Review 2010
3. Norma Jean Meridional (Razor & Tie)
The past two albums from Atlanta metalcore trailblazers Norma Jean have balanced melodic songwriting smarts with crashing metal sonics. With Meridional the band somehow went beyond perfection: they found that transcendental sweet spot in between Helmet and the Dillinger Escape Plan. This album was no over-processed good cop/bad cop rubbish, nor was it frustratingly rote metalcore chasing its own tail in a round of masturbatory zeal. It was extremely good songwriting and honest, raw aggression that was melodic when it needed to be but never forgot what heavy music is all about: being heavy, in every sense of the word.
Greg Pratt