I never understood why bands got labelled as nu-metal. Maybe the culture stylists at magazines and labels wanted to create a new movement so they could say they created a new movement.
To me it’s all just music.
For the bands that started to make inroads in the early 2000’s, these bands 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 super different. Most of these bands had even bigger arena rock choruses than the bands who made it in the 80’s and they still had success without any form of MTV pushing them, which was very different to the 80’s as all the bands back then got to a million in sales on the backs of the exposure MTV generated.
I believe that the vocal tones of the Nu-Metal singers didn’t cross over to the hard rock audience as those audiences became used to Bruce Dickinson, Geoff Tate, Sebastian Bach, Ronnie James Dio, Tom Kiefer and David Coverdale style vocals. But to me, it’s the vocal tones which connected because I didn’t want to hear another clone of a hard rock vocalist.
Everyone is the same
Quick to point the blame
All I know is that life is a struggle
The album came out in 2001, but I didn’t hear it until 2003. This song resonated straight away, with the above lyric line. Imagine a scene, with every single person in the room pointing the blame at someone else in the room.
Would anything sensible come out of it?
And for all of those college kids who had their parents clear the way for them, what struggle have they seen, because life is a struggle and if you can’t navigate the waters, dark places wait.
Blow It Away
The intro music reminded me of Godsmack and in the verses it has this 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 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.
Shaking, lonely, and I am drinking again
Woke up tonight and no one’s here with me
I’m giving in to you
The rapped verses (yes, 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 hooks me in, with a catchy Chorus.
If you can see right through the greed and all your needs
You realize that you were just about as bad as me
People struggle their whole life to make and be somebody. When they do, they reckon that fame doesn’t change them. But it does change them and it changes the people around you.
The chorus gospel effect on the guitars gets me interested and the verse drum and bass groove keeps the momentum going and once the power chords come crashing in for the Chorus, I’m sold.
This pain inside I can’t understand
This hate in life that will not go away (Go away)
And hate is real. It’s all over the world and it doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon.
The acoustic guitar gets some use.
There’s so many people dying
You complain about your situation
The intro riff hooks me in and then it’s all hell breaking loose.
It’s like a needle in my spine
It stings inside
Poisons me with time
I can’t deal with your lies
It’s very different to the 80s lyrics about blowjobs and sex.
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.
Adema released more albums after this one and I haven’t heard em, however I will call em up on Spotify in due time.