With 2005's O God, the Aftermath
, Norma Jean took brutal metalcore as far as it could go. The gang of Christians roared like demons over relentless bursts of guitar and concussive drum bursts. On Redeemer
, Norma Jean's latest, the band cuts out the Headbanger's Ball
clichés and just rocks without sacrificing the heavy
. The Atlanta barbecue fanatics chose an unlikely producer for the disc: noted nü-metal specialist Ross Robinson, who's coaxed, cajoled, and beaten remarkable efforts out of not just Korn and Slipknot, but At the Drive-In and the Cure. "We wanted to have a full-on, passionate, high-energy, fun record," says frontman Cory Brandan. "It's just rock and roll."