Adema
Adema


2.0
poor

Review

by Rice303 USER (12 Reviews)
April 18th, 2014 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An easily identified debut that manages to showcase many different aspects of nu metal, but suffers from a lack of distinctiveness, creativity and mediocre lyrics

Adema, a band that even nu metal lovers seem to stray away from at the mere mention, released their first album clearly in hope of being able to gain popularity from the recent outburst of nu metal acts. Despite originally being granted many positive reviews from professional critics and having several hit radio singles that plagued the 2001 wave of nu metal music, Adema’s debut was often criticised and pushed away by many music lovers, with many finding it a childish attempt to replicate Linkin Park’s Aggressive but successful radio friendly sound and was frequently regarded as one of the worst nu metal albums around at the time. While this may be an unneeded re-cap for those of you that forgot about this band and can’t stand to remember their existence, it seems as if this album has been lost in a sea of hate since its release, stopping many from giving it a chance,. While this album is now quite dated and still suffers from its dull and forced lyrics, there are still moments of decent musicianship and memorable riffs.

For starters, a very noticeable trait is the clustered combination of many of the other nu metal acts that were rising to dominance at the time, such as Korn, Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit and even Nonpoint, with the band attempting to rise to a similar level of maturity. While the songs ‘Everyone’ and ‘Giving In’ have decent riffs and some well written lyrics, the rest of the tracks simply don’t connect with the listener or grab their attention, both for their lyrics and the lack of originality due to easily recognised influences that make it seem a lot like the band aren’t doing what they enjoy, but more what will gain them popularity. So while ‘Everyone’ and ‘Giving In’ show that the band are capable, the rest of the album starts dragging itself down and has moments that seem forced and even dated, with simple song structures and lyrics about drug addiction on many of the songs. It never rises its head above mediocrity and sometimes goes far below with an embarrassing rap like verse in ‘Skin’ and strange space-rock like production In ‘Pain Inside’ as well as suffering from a dull vocal performance which lacks all emotion and completely unmemorable choruses

So even as a fan of nu metal, I find this album as confusing as I do annoying, simply because there are points the band shows some maturity and/or decent musicianship. While it starts promisingly enough it will lose all attention after the 6th song and most likely now spends a lot of time in many collections as one of the several bad albums teens brought when nu metal was popular. Still despite the hate bombardment after it’s release this album doesn’t manage to seem as terrible as some might suggest, it simply didn’t do enough new when it was released and still suffers from the same problems now, so while diehard fans of nu metal will most likely find this slightly underrated, many will agree that this album simply doesn’t have a lot going for it, particularly when compared to all the other rising star bands in nu metal.

So for any nu metal haters, don’t listen, you have been warned.



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ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
April 18th 2014


11086 Comments


Good review man, well written and well argued, just a few small things though:

"A easily identified debut..."

'A' should be 'an' since it is followed by a word starting with a vowel.

"nu metal" "space-rock like" "rap like"

kinda picky but these should be hyphenated



Digging: Dauthuz - Die Grubenmhre

Rice303
April 18th 2014


362 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah, I know I used the nu metal term a lot, still this is my first negative review, I never really got into this album much and it hasn't gotten much better over time

Rice303
April 18th 2014


362 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Cheers though, I'll fix the summery up now

XingKing
April 18th 2014


12812 Comments


I was introduced to this brand through Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance and I fell in love with their song Immortal lol. Ah, to be 12

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
April 18th 2014


11086 Comments


'The Way You Like It' is pretty good

SnakeDelilah
April 18th 2014


20289 Comments


band is too much lol

StKiyo
April 18th 2014


382 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I really like Everyone and Close Friends, but the rest...

Digging: MGMT - Little Dark Age

KjSwantko
April 18th 2014


10763 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'MMMMMMMMMMM GIVINGGGGG IN TO YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

KjSwantko
April 18th 2014


10763 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

2.5 for nost

Luminara
December 27th 2014


171 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'd like to thank all those Mortal Kombat Deadly Alliance ads in my summer 2002 Game Informers for introducing me to this band.

Titan
December 27th 2014


18523 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This is awful music

djENTsaUCE
July 7th 2015


5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn it's crazy to see this album get such a bad wrap. This was one of the first nu-metal albums I got into and from a totally unbiased perspective I loved it, and I still think it is on par with classics like L.D 50, Hybrid Theory, and Follow the Leader in its own way. The chord choices and songwriting on this album is interesting and weird in a good way, and definitely addicting. I submit to the fact that some of the lyrics, 'creepy' verses and rap delivery on here is very dated and gimmicky when i listen back now, but there are many hidden gem moments on this record that deserve much more credit. There are some MONSTER riffs on here, especially on tracks 'Pain Inside' and 'Trust' which I am surprised aren't really mentioned in the above review. 2 out of the 3 singles they chose for this album are probably the worst tracks on here, 'The Way You Like It' and 'Do What You Wanna Do', and I don't know who the hell thought it was a good idea to push these tracks... If this album came out 2-3 years earlier and maybe if they pushed different singles, it would've gotten a lot more recognition instead of falling into the background.



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