The Anti Mother

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The Anti Mother
Studio album by Norma Jean
Released August 5, 2008
Recorded April 1 – June 15, 2008, at Ross Robinson's Home Studio, Venice Beach, California
Length 44:37
Label Solid State, Stomp
Producer Ross Robinson
Norma Jean chronology
The Anti Mother
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating (75%)[2]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
Alt Press 4/5 stars [4]
Artistdirect 4.5/5 stars[5]
CCM Magazine Highly favorable[6]
Cross Rhythms 9/10 stars[7]
The Fish Favorable[8]
Jesus Freak Hideout Sean Lex: 4/5 stars[9] Scott Fryberger: 4.5/5 stars[9]
Kerrang! 3/5 stars[10] 3.5/5 stars[11]

The Anti Mother (sometimes referred to as Norma Jean vs. The Anti Mother[12][13]) is the fourth studio album from metalcore band Norma Jean. It is the first release to feature new drummer Chris Raines, making Chris Day and Scottie Henry the only members of the band to have appeared on all albums released by Norma Jean.

Album information[edit]

Norma Jean added several guest musicians to The Anti Mother, including Page Hamilton of Helmet, Chino Moreno of Deftones[14] and Cove Reber of Saosin,[15] they have also stated that, "We are not just doing "guest vocal" spots for them either... every band does that... we are going to write songs with them". The album was also produced by Ross Robinson, who had previously produced Norma Jean's 2006 album Redeemer.

Lead singer Cory Brandan commented on the new album and the meaning of the title:

A music video was made for the song "Robots: 3, Humans: 0" which has been featured on MTV2's Headbangers Ball. It features the group performing in a room of flying debris and follows the supernatural adventure of a young couple.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Vocals Length
1. "Vipers, Snakes, and Actors" Norma Jean Cory Brandan 4:13
2. "Self Employed Chemist" Norma Jean Brandan 3:13
3. "Birth of the Anti Mother" Norma Jean Brandan, Holly Rae, Camille Driscoll 2:48
4. "Robots: 3, Humans: 0" Norma Jean Brandan, Chino Moreno, Cove Reber 4:31
5. "Death of the Anti Mother" Norma Jean Brandan 4:06
6. "Surrender Your Sons..." Norma Jean, Moreno, Reber Brandan, Moreno, Reber 4:40
7. "Murphy Was an Optimist" Norma Jean Brandan, Moreno, Reber 4:18
8. "Opposite of Left and Wrong" Norma Jean, Hamilton Brandan, Page Hamilton 3:14
9. "...Discipline Your Daughters" Norma Jean Brandan 4:16
10. "And There Will Be a Swarm of Hornets" Norma Jean Brandan, Reber, Rae, Driscoll, Lainee Gram, Ali Pantera Abrishami 9:21
Total length: 44:38



  1. ^ Pacheco, George. "Norma Jean Meridional Review". The New York Times Company. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ #242, p.155
  5. ^ Florino, Rick (6 August 2008). "The Anti Mother Review". Artistdirect. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Conner, Matt. "The Anti Mother". CCM Magazine. Salem Publishing. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Webber, Ian (17 September 2008). "Norma Jean - The Anti Mother". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Goforth, Andrea Dawn. "The Anti-Mother". The Fish. Salem Web Network. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  9. ^ a b
  10. ^ Dan Slessor. Kerrang! #1224, August 23, 2008. Albums review. Christian metalcore troupe tick boxes on fourth album. p.50.
  11. ^ "Norma Jean - The Anti Mother". 20 January 2009. Retrieved 11 May 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  12. ^ Norma Jean Retrieved on September 22, 2008
  13. ^ "Discography - Norma Jean" Retrieved on September 22, 2008.
  14. ^ Norma Jean - "The Anti Mother" Sessions - w/ Chino Moreno of Deftones Retrieved on June 6, 2008
  15. ^ Norma Jean Interview at w/ Cory Brandan Retrieved on June 25, 2008
  16. ^ Norma Jean - The Anti Mother Retrieved on 2008-06-06.

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