Norma Jean will release its new album, “Deathrattle Sing for Me,” on Aug. 12, 2022, via Solid State Records. Pre-order it here.
The band also has shared the video for the first single, “Call for the Blood,” which features unique, digital-sounding guitars. Watch it below.
“Accept that everything is a draft,” frontman Cory Brandan said about the song. “It helps to get it done. We banded together to make this record and to me, this song is the rallying cry. Composed by my brother, (co-producer) Matthew (Putman), this song was written around a single idea, altered heavily in post, and then mimicked by us. The studio and post-production elements acted as an instrument. The experimentation and the process behind this track was a major point of inspiration for many other things we ended up doing throughout ‘Death Rattle Sing for Me.’ I feel like Matthew wrote this song with my voice in mind and I wanted to do something very unique over it. Dangerous rock ‘n’ roll! Blast it!”
Putman echoed the sentiment, saying, “‘CFTB’ was one of the first songs where I felt like we were establishing a personality for the album. Even though it was constructed in the studio from manipulated ideas we captured during a ‘riff vomiting’ session with Grayson, it still has a very raw, live energy. The samples were all chosen in a very deliberate way for how they colored the story behind the song (rebellious unity). There is nothing random about ‘CFTB;’ every sound has meaning. This is one of my all-time favorite vocal performance from Cory, where he proves once again why he’s one of the best of his generation.”
Norma Jean invites an intense level of intimacy on “Deathrattle Sing for Me,” its ninth full-length.
The group—rounded out by Grayson Stewart (lead guitar), Clay Crenshaw (guitar/bass)], Matt Marquez ([drums) and Michael Palmquist (guitar/bass)—plunges into unparalleled emotional depths, as if its very existence depended upon the catharsis these 13 tracks promised.
“This record was really about banding together,” Brandan said. “It embodies the camaraderie of our brotherhood in Norma Jean. At the time, we needed something to do, and we wrote these songs for our own souls. The record was necessary to keep me alive in a very literal sense. It’s a deeper place.”
The band unearthed a searing signature style on “O’ God, the Aftermath” in 2005. It struck up a creative partnership with iconic producer Ross Robinson on the seminal “Redeemer” (2007) and “The Anti Mother” (2008). The latter boasted appearances by Chino Moreno of Deftones and Page Hamilton of Helmet.
Following the acclaimed “Meridional” (2010), Wrongdoers (2013) represented a critical high watermark with a 9-out-of-10 scores from Rock Sound and Outburn. On the heels of “Polar Similar” (2016), the band reached another level on “All Hail” (2019). In a perfect 5-star review, New Noise Magazine raved, “‘All Hail’ is yet another momentous accomplishment on their part,” while Kerrang! attested, “‘All Hail’s’ ambition and execution is worthy of worship.”
Along the way, Norma Jean toured with everyone from Rob Zombie and Korn to Mastodon, Lamb of God and more. During 2021, the band recorded what would become “Deathrattle Sing for Me” with longtime collaborator Jeremy SH Griffith. They nodded to inspirations as diverse as Alice in Chains’ “Dirt,” The Smashing Pumpkins’ “Siamese Dream” and the sample-and-riff onslaught of White Zombie’s “La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume 1.”
“Deathrattle Sing for Me” track listing:
“Call for the Blood”
“W W A V V E”
“A Killing Word”
Norma Jean tour dates:
8/16 — San Francisco, CA — August Hall
8/17 — Reno, NV — Virginia St. Brewhouse
8/18 — Anaheim, CA — Chain Reaction
8/19 — Los Angeles, CA — Regent Theater
8/20 — San Diego, CA — House of Blues
8/21 — Phoenix, AZ — Marquee Theater
9/8 — Danville, VA — Blue Ridge Rock Fest*
9/14 — Tulsa, OK — Vanguard
9/15 — Dallas, TX — Trees
9/16 — San Antonio, TX— Vibes Event Center
9/17 — Houston, TX — Scout Bar
9/18 — Austin, TX — Come and Take It Live
9/23 — Birmingham, AL — Furnace Fest*