Grammy-nominated metal band Norma Jean return with their heaviest record yet, Meridional. The band’s fifth studio album revisits the abrasive and chaotic roots of classic Norma Jean while offering fans a dark experimental side—the band stretching out on moody, slow-burn jams. It is an album that finds the band comfortable in its legacy but progressive and bold in its creativity. Meridional was recorded in February 2010 at Glow in the Dark Studios in Atlanta with producer Jeremy Griffith. Vocalist Cory Brandan described Meridional, "It's a heavy record, multifaceted with epic sounding, experimental songs, some fast, chaotic songs, and some melodic, commanding interludes. Any track we didn't think had reached its utmost sonic prowess was given a second look, revised to be as powerful as possible."