One Word Album Review: Norma Jean - ‘All Hail’


Aw yes, the album review: A 300-500 word write-up explaining all the eccentricities pretentious wordsmiths love and hate about a band’s new album. While most reviews tend to hover the line between a positive and negative analysis, we’ve found that some seem to deviate from the pack choosing to spend their time putting an artist down for months of hard work.

We, on the other hand, would rather give the power back to the artist by letting them take a stab at reviewing (or simply explaining) their new music. And in order to make that process as easy (and fun) as possible, we’ve decided to give the artists one word and one word only to describe each song off their new release – thus creating the One Word Album Review.

Featured on today’s OWAR is Norma Jean’s haunting hard-hitting anthem, All Hail. Demonstrating why the band has been such a dominant force in the heavy music scene, All Hail is exactly what you’d want from Norma Jean. Heavy? Check. Pit-inducing? You betcha. A solid progression in an already well-established career? Absolutely.    

Now, before we turn this too much into our own review, we’re going to pass things over to frontman Cory Brandan as he carefully chose fourteen words to describe each and every track on All Hail. To check out what Brandan had to say, be sure to look below. Afterward, make sure to not only pick up a copy of the band’s new album but also grab tickets to see Norma Jean out on their tour with The Devil Wears Prada and Gideon here.

01) Orphan Twin


One Word Song Description: Fictional

02) [Mind Over Mind]

One Word Song Description: Perpetuated 

03) Safety Last

One Word Song Description: Comfortable

04) Volunteer Tooth Filing

One Word Song Description: Separated

05) Landslide Defeater

One Word Song Description: Knife

06) Full Circle In Under A Minute

One Word Song Description: Curiosity 

07) /with_errors

One Word Song Description: Consequences 

08) Trace Levels Of Dystopia

One Word Song Description: Preliminary 

09) Translational

One Word Song Description: Transitional 

10) Extra Dimensional Palate Cleanser

One Word Song Description: Palette-Cleanser

11) If [Loss] Then [Leader]

One Word Song Description: Crescendo 

12) Careen

One Word Song Description: Surrender 

13) Anna

One Word Song Description: Real

14) The Mirror And The Second Veil


One Word Song Description: Dynastic