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1997 in Douglasville, GA


Years Active:
'90s, '00s, '10s

Norma Jean


Not to be confused with the late-'70s disco diva (who sang with Chic in 1977 before going solo and scoring a hit with 1978's "Saturday") or the country singer (who enjoyed a successful run in the '60s), this Norma Jean is a Christian alternative metal/metalcore band previously known as Luti-Kriss. Norma Jean adopted a rap-metal approach during their early years; in reviews, the former Luti-Kriss was often described as the Christian equivalent of Limp Bizkit, Korn, (hed) p.e., Methods of Mayhem, or Rage Against the Machine. As the bandmates' tastes evolved, however, they turned away from rap-metal in favor of a heavier sound. The Southern band has enjoyed a small but enthusiastic cult following in the alt-metal underground, where they appeal to both Christian and non-Christian headbangers.. Norma Jean was formed in Douglasville, Georgia (a suburb of Atlanta), in 1997. In the early 2000s, the band recorded two CDs as Luti-Kriss. Their first release was the 5 EP, followed in 2001 by the full-length Throwing Myself on Seattle's Solid State label, a subsidiary of Tooth and Nail Records. Often mistaken for the controversial rapper Ludacris — who, coincidentally, is also from the Atlanta area — the members of Luti-Kriss opted to adopt the Norma Jean name. Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child introduced this new moniker in 2002; it was also the band's heaviest, most brutal effort to date. While Norma Jean's first recordings inspired comparisons to Limp Bizkit and Korn, Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child was often compared to Hatebreed. Isis and Mastodon producer Matt Bayles lent their help to 2005's O God, the Aftermath, while Korn and Limp Bizkit producer Ross Robinson helmed the epic Redeemer in 2006. Chris Raines, the drummer for Spitfire, joined the band in early 2008, and the new lineup released Antimother that summer. In 2010, they released Meridional. While the album felt like a creative high point for the band, their return to the studio would be rough one, with bassist Jake Schultz, guitarist Scottie Hickey, and drummer Chris Raines all parting ways with the band during the two-year recording process. The remaining members pressed on, though, recruiting guitarist Jeff Hickey, drummer Clayton Holyoak, and bass player John Finnegan to join their ranks. The result of their hard work, the surprisingly vital and cohesive Wrongdoers, arrived in 2013.

Top Albums

1. Let's Go All..
Meridional (Bonus Track Version), Norma Jean
2. Meridional (..
Wrongdoers, Norma Jean
3. Wrongdoers
Redeemer, Norma Jean
4. Redeemer
O God the Aftermath, Norma Jean
5. O God the Af..
The Anti Mother, Norma Jean
6. The Anti Mot..
Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child, Norma Jean
7. Bless the Ma..
Birds and Microscopes and Bottles of Elixirs and Raw Steak and a Bunch of Songs, Norma Jean
8. Birds and Mi..
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Norma Jean, Norma Jean
9. 20th Century..
Leaderless and Self Enlisted - Single, Norma Jean
10. Leaderless a..

Top Songs

I'm a Walkin' Advertisement ..Let's Go All the Way2:30$1.29
I Don't Love You AnymoreLet's Go All the Way2:27$1.29
Lonesome Number OneLet's Go All the Way2:19$1.29
Put Your Arms Around HerLet's Go All the Way2:10$1.29
Let's Go All the WayLet's Go All the Way2:46$1.29
One Way Ticket to the BluesLet's Go All the Way2:35$1.29
Private Little World (Live)In Person (Live)2:51$1.29
Talk Back Trembling Lips (Live)In Person (Live)2:35$1.29
I Didn't Mean It (Live)In Person (Live)2:47$1.29
I Used To Hate Cell Phones But Now I..20th Century Masters - The ..5:02$1.29
Grand Scene For a Color Film20th Century Masters - The ..3:24$1.29
Small Spark Vs. A Great Forest20th Century Masters - The ..4:58$1.29
End of All Things Will Be Televised20th Century Masters - The ..5:11$1.29
Robots 3 Humans 020th Century Masters - The ..4:25$0.99
Blueprints For Future Homes20th Century Masters - The ..2:49$0.99
Songs Sound Much Sadder20th Century Masters - The ..3:04$1.29
Memphis Will Be Laid To Waste20th Century Masters - The ..4:56$1.29
It Keeps Right on a-Hurtin'Porter Wagoner Show featuri..2:31$1.29
I Want to Live AgainPorter Wagoner Show featuri..2:38$1.29
I'll Take a Chance on Loving YouPorter Wagoner Show featuri..2:17$1.29
Silver Threads and Golden NeedlesPorter Wagoner Show featuri..7:34$1.29
Organized Beyond RecognitionBless the Martyr and Kiss t..7:28$1.29
Human Face, DivineBless the Martyr and Kiss t..5:40$1.29
It Was As If the Dead Man Stood Upon..Bless the Martyr and Kiss t..1:30$1.29
I Used to Hate Cell Phones But Now I..Bless the Martyr and Kiss t..5:02$1.29

Top Music Videos

Deathbed Atheist, Norma Jean
1. Deathbed Athe...
If You Got It At Five, You Got It At Fifty (Official Music Video), Norma Jean
2. If You Got It...
Bastardizer, Norma Jean
3. Bastardizer
Sword In Mouth, Fire Eyes, Norma Jean
4. Sword In Mout...
Bayonetwork : Vultures In Vivid Color, Norma Jean
5. Bayonetwork :...
Absentimental : Street Clam, Norma Jean
6. Absentimental...
Songs Sound Much Sadder, Norma Jean
7. Songs Sound M...
The Making of Wrongdoers, Norma Jean
8. The Making of...


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