Sunday 04 January 2009 (Michael Bugeja - The Sunday Times of Malta)
Local fans of metal will be thrilled at the news that both of Norm Rejection’s albums have been re-released as a single package by Maltese independent label Reciprocal Records. The two albums, namely 1998’s Deconform and 0002, which was released two years later, were critically acclaimed and had sold out very quickly at the time of their release. Following its reformation in 2006, Norm Rejection didn’t just reclaim its place at the top end of the metal scene, it also acquired a new generation of fans who unfortunately couldn’t find any of their albums in the shops. Now, thanks to a new deal with Reciprocal Records, both albums are available again for the price of a single album.
Further to the low-key recordings released before it, 1998’s Deconform heralded the arrival of Norm Rejection’s bold lyricism and hard-edged metal on a grander scale, consolidating the band’s loyal following on the local scene thanks to key tracks like Caged, 6479 and Where’s the green?. Two years on, 0002 saw the band moving firmly forward, its 31 minutes including the band’s signature anthem Malta Not For Sale and explosive tracks Faceless, Straitjacket and Blaster. Furthermore, another track off the album, The Death of a Subject, had been featured in the Metal Hammer-sponsored Helping you to work Vol.6 CD compilation by UK label Lockjaw Records, and yet another, Faceless, appeared on international benefit Justice for Mark Barnsley CD compilation.
More recently, the band also released the Malta Not For Sale EP through British online label Death to Music Productions. Norm Rejection are currently in the studio working on three new songs, namely Kemm hawn dwejjaq fil-pajjiz, Encounter and an as-yet-untitled track. Their next live appearance will be at Remedy Rock Bar on Saturday, February 7 alongside progressive metal band 26 Other Worlds.