The majority of the rest of the album doesn’t feel as long as ‘Hive Minds’ does, with the average track coming in at just over three minutes, but each track hits hard and nothing feels repetitive or like it’s just meant to be filler. There’s a slight change of pace with the song ‘Sword In Mouth, Fire Eyes’ that hearkens back to slower more thundering songs like ‘No Passenger: No Parasite’ and ‘Disconnecktie: The Faithful Vampire’. It flows into a very short ‘song’ titled ‘Afterhour Animals’ that consists of some ambient noise and a calm woman’s voice trying to get you to relax and be at peace, which then transitions into another short song entitled ‘The Lash That Whistled Like A Singing Wind’ that smashes through the tranquility the last track tried to establish. Chaotic hardcore is known for this abrasive combo of different sounds and Norma Jean is definitely a master of doing such a thing.
The album ends with quite a monster ‘Sun Dies, Blood Moon’. It clocks in at 14 minutes, which got me a little worried for a moment as the final track on Meridional was 25 minutes but that’s mostly because there is about 15 minutes of silence before a hidden track appears. ‘Sun Dies’ however is 14 minutes of pure greatness. It’s a hell of a way to close out the album. It’s the most atmospheric track on the album, incorporating some string work and acoustic guitars, and is the most clean vocal laden song to be found here.
There is so much to take in with this album that it definitely warrants repeated listens, and its replay value is definitely above high. Norma Jean fans should have a hard time not loving this album. Wrongdoers is likely the strongest release of their since Redeemer and contains some of the most focused and well written work of their career.