Bakersfield, CA based band Adema has been on quite the ride ever since the release of its self-titled debut record in 2001. Since that time, the band has seen numerous changes in its lineup on each subsequent record. The last time that anyone heard anything from the band was nearly six years ago on its fourth full length record, Kill The Headlights. Now, the band is back with a rather aptly titled new EP titled, Topple the Giants.
Topple the Giants sees Adema return as a trio rather than a multi-piece act as before. Considering how long the band has been away, this record is a relatively nice re-introduction. Adema could easily make a name for itself once again and rise to fame once again with this EP given enough support. The slow boil of sorts that opens the EP on ‘Resolution’ was a good way to open the record. Rather than just coming right at listeners, it builds up into a hard rocking piece that wastes no time getting the mosh pits moving and fists in the air. The record only improves from here in the record’s title track. Vocalist Tim Fluckey and his band mates, Dave DeRoo (bass) and Kris Kohls (drums) show that they haven’t gotten any rust since being away for so many years on this song. It is easily one of the record’s best songs, alongside the EP’s best song, ‘Unstable.’
‘Unstable’ has such intensity about it, even from the opening seconds, that it might have been better served as the record’s opener, rather than being pushed further down into the mix. There is a definite Korn influence about this song, musically speaking. Lyrically speaking, it’s one more song based in a relationship issue. Fluckey sings in the song’s chorus, “Undoubt/And we can’t get along/I thought I was strong/We are so unstable.” Here is a song about two individuals that simply didn’t click from early on. He sings about the emotional toll that a specific individual has had on him; most likely a former romantic interest. He sings, “You bring me down/Like a bottle of pills/I hate the way you’re making me feel/I keep coming back/I never get here.” That verse alone says plenty. Add in the chorus, and it’s pretty obvious what’s going on. So the question remains what is it about this song that’s just another piece about a broken relationship that makes it such a hit? The answer is the combination of its lyrics and music together. Rather than come across as just another oh-woe-is-me style song, it comes across as someone looking back on a broken relationship and realizing how much better he/she is without said individual, almost growling out the lyrics. That’s what makes this such a standout song on this record. It’s what makes it just one of so many songs that fans will enjoy throughout the course of the record’s near half hour run time. And it gives hope to the band’s older fans that with the possibility of a supporting tour and support from radio programmers, the band will have even more music to come in the not too distant future.
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