Labelled as Nu-Metal. I never understood what that label meant. Even though I hated the “hair metal” tag back in the late 80’s, it was easily understood why the record labels and media outlets labelled bands with that term.
But Nu-Metal always had me confused. To me it’s all just music.
The bands that started to make inroads in the early 2000’s, had the same aggression and rage as a lot of the bands I grew up with. Just because they didn’t have guitar solos, had shorter hair, dressed differently and played syncopated riffs, it didn’t make them that much different.
And the majority of these bands had even bigger arena rock choruses than the bands who made it in the 80’s and still had a level of success without MTV pushing them, which was very different to the 80’s as all the bands then got to a million in sales on the back of the exposure MTV generated.
The vocal tones of singers in the 2000’s were different as well.
Growing up in the 80’s my ears got used to the Bruce Dickinson, Geoff Tate, Sebastian Bach, Ronnie James Dio, Tom Kiefer and David Coverdale style vocals.
And then in the 90’s with the advent of Grunge, Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley and Eddie Vedder (along with others) changed what a vocalist should sound like.
Rob Thomas, Trent Reznor and Jonathan Davis further changed the expectations. And I was like a pariah within my hard rock friends, who hated all of these singers because they didn’t have the range of the metal and hard rock singers of the 80’s.
Back to Adema, the album came out in 2001, but I didn’t hear it until 2003. I have written about them in a Record Vault post, previously.
Adema is Mark Chavez on vocals, Tim Fluckey on lead guitar and keyboards, Mike Ransom on rhythm guitar, Dave DeRoo on bass and Kris Kohls on drums.
The Intro riff reminds me of P.O.D and Godsmack.
The Chorus reminds me of Korn. I like how songs do that.
Everyone is the same
Quick to point the blame
All I know is that life is a struggle
Truth right there.
Blow It Away
So many influences here.
The Intro music reminds me of Godsmack.
In the verses, there is a Nirvana bass feel, with Korn like guitar embellishments.
Lyrically, it’s a nasty song about a relationship gone bad and if you’ve seen American Psycho, you will know what the singer is thinking.
The Intro hooks me in, with its combination of Deftones and “Come Undone” from Duran Duran.
And it’s one of my favourite tracks on the album, about giving in to your addictions or giving in to the darkness that loneliness brings due to your addictions.
The rapped verses have enough melody to keep me interested and the music/feel of the song reminds me of New Order.
The Way You Like It
My second favourite and the flow of the song is great, with a catchy Chorus.
More Linkin Park like.
A bass riff in the verses which reminds me of “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.
Do What You Want To Do
Aggressive song about living the life you want to live.
Phased out chorused guitars shimmer and glimmer in the verses over a jazz-rock fusion drum groove. Then the Chorus riff kicks in, abrasive, compared to the verses.
It’s got all the synth electronics that bands were using back in the day.
The chorus gospel effect on the guitars gets me interested and the verse drum and bass groove keeps the momentum going.
Once the power chords come crashing in for the Chorus, I’m sold.
The acoustic guitar gets some use but it’s not a ballad.
There’s so many people dying
You complain about your situation
Death gives perspective.
The intro riff reminds me of Muse.
It’s like a needle in my spine
It stings inside
Poisons me with time
I can’t deal with your lies
Relationships are tough. They could lift you up or bury you.
It feels like a song from “The Crow” movie with a bit of “Come Undone” by Duran Duran as an influence.
I’m so alone, empty and lost, it’s easier to let you go
Time will erode the shame and the fault, it’s easier to let you go
We become focused on achieving something and when we do, we realize we also lost something along the way, like a relationship that you didn’t want to lose.
And that’s the album.
The band was active up to 2009 and then disappeared, only to resurface in 2021 with a new song and possibly a new album.
But it all started here. The debut gave them the valuable rookie card.