Reviews of Albums I Downloaded Six Years Ago and Haven't Listened To Until Now - Part III: Adema - Eponymous Debut

Music's kind of in a weird place. Rock is at death's door. And not in the sense widely celebrated by rock music. The bad kind.

Pop is taking over the airwaves, drowning out the probability that MTV will get around to airing any new rock videos.

Word gets out that there's this new band around, the vocalist is evidently Jonathan Davis (of Korn)'s younger brother.

Worth a shot, right? It probably isn't Korn, but it can't be complete garbage.

I listen to it a few times. Not exactly notable, but not bad, either.


2007.

Nu metal has come and gone, a bit of a blip on the music radar. Replaced by... I don't know, emo-core indie-pop?

Then this album comes up in my collection of albums I downloaded in '01. I let it play because, hey, I haven't heard this sucker in a few years. Maybe it's still good.

I've already taken two bands and raked their works over the coals. What could I possibly do to an unheard of (as of '01) band who had only put one album out?

I was surprised to find out myself.

At the opening track, I immediately thought, hey, these guys didn't suck. You can kinda hear Mr. Davis in young Mark Chavez's vocals, and the rest of the band sounds really good.

But maybe this track's a fluke. I'll let it play through.

The entire album is filled with solid riffs, glistening production, and just the right amount of anger requisite for a nu-metal act.

In fact, upon listening to the whole album, I strongly believe that this album is the codification of Nu-Metal as a genre.

Everything Drowning Pool, Linkin Park, Disturbed and Saliva released sounds like Adema was used as a template.

As a result, even though so much time has passed since this album's release, it still sounds fresh.

Which can only suggest that Nu-Metal has become tiresomely stale.

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