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Explosions IIAfter a successful 2010, Norma Jean have announced their first headlining tour in over a year, “Explosions II.”  The tour will kick off in Dallas on February 24th at The Loft and conclude in their home town of Atlanta on March 25th.  Of Legends and Impending Doom will be supporting Norma Jean, with Stick To Your Guns joining the package starting March 3rd.  The critically acclaimed metal band recently finished a successful run in the UK with Architects after spending the summer as part of Mayhem Festival.


The artistically chaotic sound of their 2010 release, Meridional, has certainly resonated with the metal community, as the album continues to receive end of the year accolades.  Alternative Press named Meridional one of the Top 10 Essential Albums of 2010 and Cory Brandan as Best Vocalist in their MVRs (Most Valuable Rockers) of 2010.  The album ranked in several other “Best OF” lists including Absolute Punk, BLARE Magazine, Frantik Mag and Metal Injection amongst others.


“We will be playing a lot of songs that we haven’t played in a long time and some that have never been played at all, old and new.  It will be one of the most eclectic sets we’ve ever played for sure,” said vocalist Cory Brandan.  “I think of any headlining tour we’ve done to this point, this is the show to come to if you are a true Norma Jean fan.  Doesn’t matter what record is your favorite, we’ll be playing something from it.  We’re very excited and are working really hard to make sure it’s going to be excellent.”

Norma Jean released their fifth album, Meridional, to critical acclaim in July 2010.  The five-piece metal band from Atlanta has previously released four records prior to Meridional, selling over 365,000 albums.  The Grammy-nominated band is known for their aggressively artful sound which was once again delivered in their seethingly raw album, Meridional.

NORMA JEAN TOUR DATES
Feb 24 – Dallas, TX – The Loft
Feb 25 – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
Feb 26 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Feb 28 – Lubbock, TX – Tequila Nights
Mar 1 – Albuquerque, NM – Launch Pad
Mar 2 – Phoenix, AZ – Nile Theater
Mar 3 – Ponoma, CA – Glasshouse
Mar 4 – San Francisco, CA – Slims
Mar 5 – Sacramento, CA – Boardwalk
Mar 6 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
Mar 7 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
Mar 9 – Boise, ID – The Venue
Mar 10 – Salt Lake City, UT – Club Sound
Mar 11 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
Mar 12 – Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
Mar 13 – Minneapolis, MN – Station Four
Mar 15 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
Mar 16 – Cleveland, OH – Peabodys
Mar 17 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls
Mar 18 – New  York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
Mar 19 – Worcester, PA – Palladium Upstairs
Mar 20 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
Mar 22 – Richmond, VA – Canal Club
Mar 23 – Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
Mar 24 – Tampa, FL – State Theatre
Mar 25 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
2/24 -> 3/2 – Norma Jean with Of Legends and Impending Doom
3/3 -> 3/25 – Norma Jean with Of Legends, Impending Doom and Stick To Your Guns

PRESS RAVES

“Norma Jean’s first true masterpiece.” – Alternative Press
Meridional hits plenty hard. Four stars!” – Revolver

“Career defining.  The songwriting has never been stronger.” – Decibel


NORMA JEAN LINKS

http://www.myspace.com/normajean

http://www.facebook.com/normajean

http://www.twitter.com/normajeanband

http://www.normajeannoise.com

http://www.normachine.com

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