Insomniac's Dream



by CaliggyJack USER (91 Reviews)
February 13th, 2019 | 8 replies

Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A nightmare you can't live without.

Adema were never exactly the most popular band in the booming Alternative Metal scene of the late-90's/early-2000's, but the band retained a somewhat cult following after the release of their most famous single Immortal, which was used in the hit video game Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance. Nevertheless, Mark Chavez's run with the band created some of the best Alternative Metal in the history of the genre. After a successful debut album, Adema released Insomniac's Dream "for the fans" and, despite it's status as an EP, it can be argued that this EP is more famous than all four of Adema's studio albums. The EP itself contains a myriad of different tracks varying in different styles. Out of seven tracks in total; one is a live performance, three are remixes of previous Adema songs, two are songs that had never been released in North America before, and one song is a cover.

If you were hoping that the remixes would be just as good or better than Adema's original tracks, you will be disappointed. Chris Vrenna's remix of Freaking Out barely makes any changes to the original track, and when it does, it is only to add couple digital effects that add nothing to the track. Sam Citrin's remix of The Way You Like It is by far worse than it's original counterpart; by slowing down the pace and limiting the overall sound to a couple digital instruments. The remix of Giving In is less a remix a more of a radio edit that was used during the songs run on radio. Whether that song is good is whether you feel the original song was too long or not.

Without a doubt the best parts of the EP are the first three tracks. Adema's cover of Alice in Chains' Nutshell was popular with fans and it's release on Insomniac's Dream shows why. The cover manages to pay fine homage to the original song while also adding it's own shoegaze spin on the track. Immortal is without a doubt an amazing tune featuring blistering drums, heavy guitar, orgasmic synthesizers, and some of Chavez's finest screaming. Of course the best track on the EP itself goes to Shattered. Originally only released in Japan, Shattered features some of Chavez's best vocals; as he slowly drones his pitch to create a somewhat dark style as digital effects are added to create an echo effect. This is coupled with excellent guitar work by Mike Ransom, who matches the rhythm as Kris Kohls pounds on drums with reckless abandon.

Adema was an underrated band both during their heyday and after. They never really got their critical due even after the success of their debut album. While Insomniac's Dream didn't exactly have the greatest collection of tracks; it's newly added songs were some of the bands best work and a shining example of the band's potential at the beginning of the new millennia. With both Mark Chavez and Mike Ransom putting away their differences and rejoining Adema together after 16 years; their announcement of a brand new album brings hope that the Adema that blazed through the Alternative Metal scene in 2001 with attitude and force may very well return. Whether the music world of today is ready for their return will be an interesting thing to see.

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February 13th 2019


I grew up on Immortal in Elementary school after hearing it in an edgy Sonic fan video off of YouTube. Good ol times.

Contributing Reviewer
February 14th 2019


Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I love “Immortal”

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February 14th 2019


You can't kill me I'm immortal

February 14th 2019


Album Rating: 2.5

According to a facebook post from a year ago, the original lineup is back and they're working on new material. god knows why

February 14th 2019


Album Rating: 2.5

guess they really are immortal

February 14th 2019


Album Rating: 3.5

Well during the making of the EP and second album, vocalist Mark Chavez and guitarist Mike Ransom had this petty rivalry going that caused them to go into conflict all the time. By the time that Adema's second album was released, Chavez and Ransom left the band to start their own stuff. Though Chavez reunited with the band both in 2009 and now 2017, now marks the first time since 2003 that Mike Ransom has been in the band, and the first time we've had the entire original lineup since 2003 as well.

Considering that most of Adema's success was during the original lineups era (their third and fourth albums weren't sellers), I'm gonna be keeping an eye on this new album to see if they can bring their spark back.

March 2nd 2019


Album Rating: 3.5

bump for Adema

July 31st 2019


Album Rating: 3.5

Way to kill my hopes and dreams Chavez...

I don't blame him for not participating in something he doesn't want to do, but at the same time I am so bummed that I may never get to hear new music from the OG lineup ever again. Hopefully Ryan Shuck (Julien-K) can do some good for the band, but based on this band's last couple vocalists, I'm not holding my breath.

This fucking sucks man...

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