Metalcore band John Norma release their debut single “Call for the Blood” and its music video ahead of their Deathrattle sing for me album, out August 12 via Solid State Records. The album will be Norma Jean’s ninth full album.
Watch the video and listen to the song here:
The band’s lead singer, Cory Brandan, describes the song as “the rallying cry” that he, the rest of the band and crew created for the record. He said: “Accept that everything is rough…Composed by my brother, [coproducer] Matthew [Putman], this song was written around a single idea, heavily edited in post, then imitated by us. The studio and post-production elements acted as an instrument. The experimentation and process behind this track was a major inspiration point for a lot of 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 on top of it. Dangerous rock’n’roll! Explode it!”
They tell a story of “rebel unity” in the song. The video shows the band performing the song in the studio, rocking out with the constantly moving camera. Brandan sings, “Consume the whole world / Consume the whole world… / Stand at the gates as we multiply / Consume the whole world.”
Commenting on the song, Putnam said it was “one of the first songs where I felt like we were establishing a personality for the album…it still has a very raw, lively energy…It There’s nothing random about ‘CFTB’; every sound has a meaning. It’s one of my all-time favorite vocal performances from Cory, where he once again proves why he’s one of best of his generation.
Brandan adds that the album served a secondary purpose for those who created it by bringing them together. He says, “It embodies the camaraderie of our fraternity at Norma Jean… The record was necessary to keep me alive in a very literal sense.”
Deathrattle sing for me List of tracks:
2. Call for Blood
3. Spearmint Revolt
4. Memorial Treasure
5. Air Obscura
6. Any %
9. One word that kills
10. Penny Marges
12. Sleep Blast
Photo credit: Mehreen Rizvi