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Norma Jean Survives "Scary" Fourth Album

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“The Anti Mother,” the fourth album by Georgia heavy metal band Norma Jean, was “scary” to make, according to vocalist Cory Brandan Putnam.

“We really branched out from anything we’ve ever done and did a lot of stuff we always wanted to do,” Putnam, 32, says of the album, which debuted at No. 28 on the Billboard 200 when it was released in August.

“We didn’t really have an overall vision; it was pretty random and spontaneous. I remember going into the rehearsal space and we all kinda looked at each other like, ‘What are we gonna do this time, guys?’ ”

One of the things Norma Jean did this time out was write the songs collectively, rather than let Putnam and guitarist Scottie Henry dominate the process.

“We just started writing together and everyone contributed,” Putnam says. “Everybody contributed, so we got a new breath of fresh air into the band. We were just excited to do this record.

“You never know what people are gonna think about it. We just figured that, whatever we want, let’s just do it. Whatever we’re into, whatever we think we’re best at doing, let’s just do it, and hopefully our fans have been into it. And it’s been a great response, so much better than we expected.”

Norma Jean, Haste the Day, the Showdown and others perform Saturday (Nov. 1) at Clutch Cargo’s, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. Doors open at 4 p.m. Tickets are $16.50. Call (248) 333-2362 or visit www.clutchcargos.com.

Web Site: www.clutchcargos.com

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