Linkin Park support band’s debut effort. Not great...
From fertile nu-metal breeding ground Bakersfield with hefty record sales
and a rapturously-received Linkin Park support slot, Adema‘s strain of
slick, modernist rock was always going to prick up ears. The quintet haven’t
been harmed, either, by the fact that frontman Mark Chavez is the
half-brother of Korn‘s Jonathan Davis.
Cynics will suggest Adema have simply capitalised on Chavez’s fortuitous
rock family tree. That’s probably unfair, though – ‘Adema’ plonks itself
squarely in the nu-metal zeitgeist, a calculating concoction of overproduced
serrated guitars and fist-pumping stadium choruses. Even the Parental
Advisory sticker assures concerned parents that a swear-free version of the
album is available.
Chavez claims to be reacting against nu-metal’s production-line angst,
and [I]”making people feel good about themselves”[/I]. Which is a bit rich when
Adema serve up lyrical doggerel like ‘Freaking Out’ (musically the best
track on here, ironically): [I]”Everything my mom said made me mad/And
everything my dad said made me sad/Why am I even trying?”[/I] One may well ask.
Adema press all the right mass-market penetration buttons, sure, but
there’s nothing here for lovers of the visceral, the original, or bands
which don’t sound like Linkin Park with goth bits. It’s empty A&R
triumphalism posing as teenage empathy, and it has to stop.