Adema made quite a name for themselves in the past year with a debut album that sold over 500,000 copies and a high-profile slot on the annual Ozzfest tour gaining them a considerable fan base. But its been well over a year now since the release of their debut and so in order to keep the momentum going, the band have offered up this, a collection of previously unreleased tracks and rarities under the banner of "Insomniac's Dream".
Spearheaded by "Immortal", a new track the band recently recorded for the Mortal Kombat video game franchise, a cover of an Alice In Chains classic is also thrown into the mix and while in theory there is enough here to entertain the bands diehard fans, the material included often feels rushed and anemic to the more discerning ear. While "Immortal" and "Shattered" are pretty much standard Adema, showcasing melodic elements meshed with electronic tinged nu-metal aggression, the bands cover of "Nutshell" is enough to make one cringe with band frontman Marky Chavez's limited vocal range cutting corners left and right in a desperate effort to keep up.
Tacked onto the end of this overall disappointing effort are a pair of remixes, an edit and a live track and all are highly predictable with industrial/electronic overtones permeating the remixes in a generally uncreative manner, though former NIN member Chris Vrenna does make the best of what he had to work with on his pulsing take of "Freaking Out". Overall, Adema introduced themselves in a world that had been a few years removed from a new Korn album and now that such a prevalent influence of theirs is back in the forefront and refreshed in peoples money, their shelf life and lack of creativity is painfully beginning to show. Musically they will have to take great strides to evolve and adapt for their next record or risk being left to the undesirable fate that many bands who shared a sound similar to theirs have suffered in recent times - dropped and forgotten.
(1 / 5)