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Norma Jean (band)

Norma Jean
Norma Jean at Warped Tour 2008
Background information
Origin Georgia, United States
Genres Metalcore,[1][2] Christian metal,[1] mathcore,[1] sludge metal,[2] post-metal,[2] progressive metal,[1] post-hardcore,[1] noise metal[3]
Years active 1997–present
Labels Solid State, Razor & Tie
Associated acts Luti-Kriss, The Chariot, The Handshake Murders, Unearth, Fear is the Driving Force, Spitfire
Website .comnormajeannoise
Members Chris Day
Clayton Holyoak
Cory Brandan Putman
Jeff Hickey
John Finnegan
Past members Daniel Davison
Josh Doolittle
Scottie Henry
Josh Scogin
Jake Schultz
Chris Raines

Norma Jean is an American Atlanta. Since their inception in 1997 and replacement of members throughout the years, the band's only original member is guitarist Chris Day. To date, Norma Jean has released six studio albums and received a Grammy Award nomination in 2006 for Best Recording Package for their second album O God, the Aftermath. The band's name is derived from the real name of actress Marilyn Monroe.


  • History 1
    • Luti-Kriss and debut album (1997–2004) 1.1
    • Early releases (2005–2009) 1.2
    • Signing to Razor & Tie (2009–2015) 1.3
    • New album and re-signing to Solid State (2015-present) 1.4
  • Touring 2
  • Members 3
  • Discography 4
  • Awards 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Luti-Kriss and debut album (1997–2004)

Evolving from Luti-Kriss, the original Norma Jean line-up consisted of the final Luti-Kriss lineup, but with a new bass player. Drummer Daniel Davison, explained that the band got their name from actress Marilyn Monroe, whose real name is Norma Jeane Baker. It was not until after they decided upon that name that they found out that "Norma" means "pattern", and "Jean" means "God's grace and mercy", combined saying "Patterns of grace and mercy".[4] In 2002 the band released Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child on Solid State Records.[5] Their original vocalist Josh Scogin left the band shortly after the release of Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child, stating that "it was just something that I felt led to do." Scogin has been known to join in with Norma Jean during live performances to sing "Memphis Will Be Laid To Waste" since his departure. Original bassist Joshua Doolittle also left the band around the same time as Scogin. Doolittle was replaced by Jake Schultz.[6] Scogin left the band and later went on to start The Chariot; he was replaced by Brad Norris for about a year and a half.

Early releases (2005–2009)

Brad Norris was later replaced by Cory Brandan Putman, formerly of the bands Eso-Charis, Living Sacrifice and Uses Fire. In March 2005 they released their second album, titled O God, the Aftermath.[7] It was also Cory Brandan's first album performance for Norma Jean. The artwork for the band's second album, O God, the Aftermath was nominated for Best Recording Package at the Grammy Awards of 2006. The artwork was designed by Asterisk studios in Seattle, Washington.

Redeemer, their third album, was recorded with producer Ross Robinson. On September 21, 2007, original drummer Daniel Davison announced that he would be leaving the band after their current tour ended, via the band's official website. His last show was on November 7, 2007 at Irving Plaza in New York, NY.

On December 17, 2007, Norma Jean announced that they would start writing for their new album, The Anti Mother,[8] in January, record in April, and will be playing the entire 2008 Warped Tour. Writing was officially announced on January 24. On February 13, Norma Jean announced in a Myspace bulletin that they were "about 6 songs deep." They wrote a song with Page Hamilton of Helmet, and collaborated with Deftones' frontman Chino Moreno. The band described the two songs they wrote with Moreno as diverse and anti-traditional. In early to mid February, they announced that their replacement drummer would be Chris Raines, who is also the drummer for the band Spitfire.

Norma Jean performing at the Tivoli in the Netherlands in 2007.

On August 5, 2008, Norma Jean released The Anti Mother. Prior to leaving for their headlining tour, Norma Jean shot a music video for "Robots 3 Humans 0", with music video director Daniel Chesnut.

On January 3, 2009, Norma Jean announced on their official website that they would be writing songs for their next album. The band's upcoming fifth studio album was said to be a return "back to [their] roots."[9]

On April 5, 2009, Norma Jean announced on their website that they had dropped off their current tour due to a myriad of reasons.

Signing to Razor & Tie (2009–2015)

On November 3, 2009, Norma Jean announced that they would be parting ways with longtime label Solid State and signing a deal with independent label Razor & Tie with plans to release an album in the summer of 2010.[10]

Norma Jean announced that a title for one of their new songs will be "Kill More Presidents" and have encouraged fans to film the live performance of this song.[11] The video was released in early March.

Fans can download the first track, titled "Leaderless and Self Enlisted" from "Meridional" by signing up for the bands email list via the band's website.[12]

Norma Jean released their Jeremy Griffith produced album, Meridional, on July 13, 2010.[13]

In an interview with Exclaim! Magazine that was published the day of the Meridional album release, drummer Chris Raines spoke of how the sound of Meridional came to be and what influenced it." The last few records have been doing different things; this one truthfully mixed a lot of those records with what we wanted to do this time. I think we took all the good that we liked from the past records and added the new touch that we wanted to put on it, which was a heavier and darker theme."

Drummer Chris Raines was replaced by Matt Marquez in late 2010 with no formal announcement made for this exchange or if Raines would ever return.[14] On November 23, 2010, Norma Jean's former record label Solid State Records released a retrospective box set collection titled Birds and Microscopes and Bottles of Elixirs and Raw Steak and a Bunch of Songs. The three CD compilation contains the band's first three studio albums (Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child, Redeemer and O God, the Aftermath).[15] In January 2011, founding guitarist Scottie Henry decided to take a temporary break from Norma Jean. He would later be replaced by Jeff Hickey, formerly of The Handshake Murders, for 2011 tour dates.[16]

On October 30, 2012, the band announced that they would be going into the studio from December 2012 to January 2013, with Joshua Barber as the chosen producer.[17] It is the first album by the band to feature new members Jeff Hickey on guitar, John Finnegan on bass, and Clayton Holyoak on drums. Wrongdoers was released in the US on August 6, 2013 by Razor & Tie, with UK/EU to follow on September 9.

New album and re-signing to Solid State (2015-present)

In May 2015, they revealed work has begun for their seventh full-length album.

Norma Jean in Jacksonville, Florida on September 22, 2015 for the O God, the Aftermath 10th Anniversary.

On July 9, 2015, Norma Jean announced the 10th anniversary of O God, The Aftermath North American Tour. They will perform the album in its entirety.[18] The band later announced Sleepwave, '68, and The Ongoing Concept will be joining them.[18]

On September 15, 2015, They announced they re-signed with Solid State Records, who will release their next album in 2016.[19][20]


They played at 2006's Ozzfest with Ozzy Osbourne, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Hatebreed, DragonForce, System of a Down, Lacuna Coil, Black Label Society, Atreyu, Unearth, Bleeding Through, A Life Once Lost, The Red Chord, Walls of Jericho, Strapping Young Lad, All That Remains, Full Blown Chaos, Between the Buried and Me and Bad Acid Trip.

In late 2006, they headlined the Radio Rebellion Tour with support from Between the Buried and Me, Fear Before, Misery Signals and The Fully Down. They played the entire Warped Tour in the summer of 2008.

On October 3, 2008, Norma Jean embarked on a U.S. headlining tour called "The Anti-Mother Tour". The tour lasted until November 15, 2008 and featured several other bands on Solid State / Tooth & Nail Records including Haste the Day, The Showdown, MyChildren MyBride, Children 18:3, and Oh, Sleeper. Children 18:3 only appeared on half of the tour dates (October 3–26) while Oh, Sleeper filled in throughout the rest of the tour (October 28 – November 15).[21]

On December 28, 2008, Norma Jean performed at the Unsilent Night 2 Festival in Plano, Texas. A total of 30 bands performed at the festival including Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Oh, Sleeper, The Secret Handshake, and Sky Eats Airplane.[22]

On Sunday, July 12, 2009, Norma Jean performed at "LifeFest" in Oshkosh Wisconsin at 11:15 PM central time.

On Friday, July 17, 2009, Norma Jean performed at Sonshine Festival in Willmar, Minnesota.

On Thursday, September 17, 2009, Norma Jean announced they would enter a headlining tour spanning over November and December with Horse the Band, The Chariot, and Arsonists Get All the Girls. They also announced that in select cities, they would exclusively play their first album, Bless the Martyr & Kiss the Child, in its entirety. During the tour, the band played a song titled "Kill More Presidents", a B-side from their 2010 release, Meridional.

Norma Jean was on the 2010 Mayhem Festival on the Mayhem Festival side-stage along with Atreyu, In This Moment, and 3 Inches of Blood. Other festival participants include: Korn, Rob Zombie, Lamb of God, Five Finger Death Punch, Hatebreed, Chimaira, Shadows Fall, and Winds of Plague.

From the September 30, 2010 Norma Jean supported Architects on their UK headline tour. Further support came from UK metallers Devil Sold His Soul.[23] In December 2010 Norma Jean supported Alexisonfire, with drummer Matt Marquez filling in.

In February/March 2011, Norma Jean headlined the "Explosions II Tour" with After the Burial, For the Fallen Dreams, Motionless in White and Stray from the Path. [24]

On April 26, 2013, it was announced that Norma Jean will be support for The Dillinger Escape Plan on The Summer Slaughter Tour, along with Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Cattle Decapitation, The Ocean, Revocation, Aeon, Rings of Saturn, and Thy Art Is Murder.[25]


Cory Brandan Putman – vocals, guitars (2004–present) (formerly of Eso-Charis and The Handshake Murders, currently in Fear Is The Driving Force)
Jeff Hickey – lead guitar (2011–present) (formerly of The Handshake Murders, currently Fear Is The Driving Force)
Clayton "Goose" Holyoak – drums (2012–present) (Currently in Fear Before The March of Flames, Formly of Orbs)[26]
John Finnegan – bass (2013–present) (formerly of Orbs)
Chris John Day - rhythm guitars, backing vocals (1997-present)
Josh Scogin – vocals (1997–2002) (formerly of The Chariot, currently '68)
Scottie H. Henry – lead guitars (1997–2011)[16] (formerly of Spitfire)
Josh Doolittle – bass (1997–2002)
Jake Schultz – bass (2002–2012) (formerly of Whores)
Daniel Davison – drums, percussion (1997–2007) (currently in Every Time I Die)
Chris Raines – drums, percussion (2007–2010)[14] (currently Spitfire)
Justin Graves – drums (formerly of A Life Once Lost)
Brad Norris – vocals (2002–2004)
Matt Marquez – drums (2010–2012, 2013)[14]
Matt Putman - auxiliary percussion (on Redeemer)


Norma Jean discography
Studio albums 6
Compilation albums 2
Music videos 13
EPs 1
Singles 4
Studio albums
Year Album Label Chart peaks[27]
Billboard 200 Top Christian Albums
2002 Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child Solid State Records
2005 O God, the Aftermath 62 1
2006 Redeemer 38 1
2008 The Anti Mother 29 2
2010 Meridional[28] Razor & Tie 45 2
2013 Wrongdoers 37 1
Music videos
Year Name Album Director
2002 "Memphis Will Be Laid to Waste" Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child Norma Jean
"Face:Face" Darren Doane
2005 "Bayonetwork: Vultures in Vivid Color" O God, the Aftermath N/A
"Absentimental: Street Clam"
"Liarsenic: Creating a Universe of Discourse"
2006 "Blueprints for Future Homes" Redeemer Popcore Film
"Songs Sound Much Sadder"
2008 "Robots 3 Humans 0" The Anti Mother Daniel Chestnut
2010 "Kill More Presidents" Meridional Norma Jean
"Deathbed Atheist" Linus Johansson
2011 "Bastardizer" Brooks Jones
2013 "If You Got it at Five, You Got it at Fifty" Wrongdoers Daniel Davison
"Sword in Mouth, Fire Eyes" Eli Berg[29]
Song Release date Album Format
"Leaderless and Self Enlisted"[30] May 6, 2010 Meridional Digital single
"Kill More Presidents"[31] July 10, 2010 Meridional (Best Buy and Napster version) Digital single
"AHH! SHARK BITE AHH!"[32] January 11, 2013 Non-album single 3.5-inch vinyl[33]
"If You Got It at Five, You Got It at Fifty"[34] June 25, 2013 Wrongdoers Digital single
  • 2002: Norma Jean / mewithoutYou
Track listing
# Song Artist Length
Side one
1. "I Used to Hate Cell Phones, But Now I Hate Car Accidents" Norma Jean 5:02
2. "The Shotgun Message" Norma Jean 1:37
Side two
1. "Bullet to Binary" mewithoutYou 2:47
2. "Gentlemen" mewithoutYou 2:49
  • 2008: The Almighty Norma Jean Vinyl Boxset
  • 2010: Birds and Microscopes and Bottles of Elixirs and Raw Steak and a Bunch of Songs[15]


Grammy Awards and nominations


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External links

  • Official website
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