Friday, April 29, 2011

ADAMANTRA: "Promo 2011"

Rating: indie promo

Adamantra 2011

Review by Kimmo Toivonen

Two years after their debut album, Adamantra are again label-less and shopping for a new deal with this three-track promo CD. They might not remain unsigned for too long, as the three songs here are quality stuff for the progressively inclined. Superb musicianship, colourful arrangements and good vocals can be found here, wrapped up in excellent production.

All three tracks sound different to each other, with "Three" being the heaviest of them, reminding me a bit of vintage thrash metal of the eighties, Anthrax or something like that. You know, furious, complicated rhythms and clean vocals on top... the chorus is more melodic though. "In The Shadow Of The Cross" is my favourite by far, with plenty of keyboards and hooks. The last track "Oracle" sees vocalist Tuomas Nieminen using a rougher, more sinister vocal style during the verses, yet returning to his natural melodic style during the chorus.

All three songs can be listened on the band's MySpace page (link below). I'd imagine that our readers are most likely to get a kick out "In The Shadow Of The Cross", but those with a craving for something a bit more "hardcore prog" will dig the other two tunes too.



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