US metallers Norma Jean are continuing to work on their new studio album, with vocalist Cory Brandan offering a lengthy update on the progress recently.
The singer wrote the following:
“We have been in the studio for 13 days now tracking our 6th full length record at Covenant Recording Studio in Kansas City. We love Kansas City! What a great place to live. Good people and definitely a LOT of good food.
At this point we have 7 songs tracked on drums and 7 more to go. We are looking at a 11 or 12 song track listing with a few left over for other special releases. We have been working very closely with producer / engineers Joshua Barber and Aaron Crawford. Awesome dudes with a lot of great ideas. They’ve definitely helped us push ourselves to do more with the record.
Our days have pretty much consisted of going from the apartment to the studio and back. We’ve been fairly isolated in the sounds of the studio. Because of that, we have found a new enthusiasm in and old past time… sitting in the back of our van late at night and having a few drinks. We spend most of the time talking about the record but it’s also a good way to get away and hang. We call it “Van Hanglin.”
We really like the idea of talking about the songs and all getting connected to them emotionally / psychologically. It’s something we learned while working with Ross Robinson. It’s a great way to get all of us on the same page and fused in a common vision, even though we may have different interpretations. We believe that if we all know what every song is about then we WILL play the songs differently and with more passion. Van Hangs has been our way of achieving all that on this record and it’s been a lot of fun too. Yeah, we’re kind of hippies when it comes to writing and recording a record.
We aren’t ready to release the record title just yet. I think we just want to make sure it’s the best fit. It’s coming soon.
We spent almost 2 years writing this. We have definitely found so many ways to expand on what we’ve done before and progress into making something new. This is definitely something new, but don’t misunderstand. It’s heavy! We’re metal heads! Born and raised.
See you all soon enough. CB”