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Not to be confused with either the late-'70s disco} diva (who sang with Chic} in 1977 before going solo and having a hit with 1978's "Saturday"}) or the country} singer (who had some hits in the '60s), this Norma Jean} is a Christian} alternative metal}/metalcore band that used to go by the name Luti-Kriss}. At first, Norma Jean} went with a rap-metal} approach -- 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}. But as the band evolved, Norma Jean} got away from rap-metal} and became even heavier. The bandmembers heard on 2002's Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child} don't believe in subtlety any more than they believe in taking prisoners; they do, however, believe in having a very harsh, punishing sound and beating listeners into obedience (musically, not literally -- they're a Christian} band, after all). And while those who don't care for metalcore's harshness are unlikely to become Norma Jean} converts, the Southern band has enjoyed a small but enthusiastic cult following in the alterna-metal} underground (where they have appealed to both Christian and non-Christian headbangers).

Norma Jean} was formed in Douglasville, GA (a suburb of Atlanta), in 1997. In the early 2000s, the band recorded two CDs as Luti-Kriss}. The first was the EP 5} (which came out on the Pluto} label), and that disc was followed by the full-length album Throwing Myself}, which came out on the Seattle-based Solid State} label (a subsidiary of Tooth and Nail Records}) in 2001. After that album, Luti-Kriss} changed its name to Norma Jean} because some people were confusing the band with the controversial rapper Ludacris} -- who, coincidentally, is also from the Atlanta area. Ludacris} is one of the top rappers in the Dirty South} school of hip-hop}, and he is known for his explicit lyrics (which have been lambasted by conservative commentator {%Bill O'Reilly}, host of Fox News}' The O'Reilly Factor}). Released by Solid State} in 2002, Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child} was the former Luti-Kriss}' first album as Norma Jean}. It was also the band's heaviest, most brutal effort to date. While Norma Jean}'s first recordings inspired comparisons to Limp Bizkit}, Korn}, (hed) p.e.}, and Methods of Mayhem}, Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child} was often compared to Hatebreed}. Isis} and Mastodon} producer Matt Bayles} was in charge of the fierce O God, the Aftermath} (2005) while Korn} and Limp Bizkit} producer Ross Robinson} helmed the epic Redeemer} (2006). ~ Alex Henderson, All Music Guide

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