[Album Review] Adema – Topple the Giants

Adema - Topple the Giants cover (Large)

It’s been six years since Bakersfield, CA rockers Adema have released a new album, and the lineup changes the band has been through in recent years may certainly be a factor. The group tried and failed in 2010 to restore its original lineup; despite this, the bands’ remaining core of Tim Fluckey (guitars, vocals), Dave DeRoo (bass) and Kris Kohls (drums) want to prove to the world their resiliency with their latest effort Topple the Giants, due to be released tomorrow. Overall, the album makes a strong statement that this is one band looking forward and determined to forge their own path.

This latest effort consists of three brand-new tracks, as well as four re-recordings of hit songs from the band’s past. In one sense, the re-recorded tracks are a symbol of nostalgia for the group’s great popularity during the early 2000’s. On the other hand, to hear Fluckey’s vocals replace those originally recorded by departed singer Mark Chavez are definitely a sign the group is moving on. (And certainly not “Giving In”!)

The strength of this recording is in the new songs, and fans who have been with the band since their self-titled debut in 2001 will not be disappointed with these new tracks.  “Resolution” is a great rager to kick off the album – screaming guitars and melodic vocals from Fluckey that are well-paced to create a nice emotional thread to the song. Topple the Giants” is a roaring fist-pumper of a jam that shows a notable Pantera influence, while “Lions” slows things down a bit while relying on some well-placed vocal harmonies.

On the disappointing side lie the re-recorded tracks, especially “Giving In” and “Immortal”. Though Fluckey does decent work approximating Chavez’s vocal style, these two re-recordings lack the edge and urgency of the originals, sounding a bit too mechanical in comparison.

Lovers of heavy rock music will definitely find something to enjoy with Topple the Giants, an album that truly is a testament to hard work and perseverance. It will be available for digital download on iTunes and Amazon on Tuesday, April 2 – or get your copy at one of the band’s upcoming tour dates, as the group is currently at the tail-end of a spring tour with Norma Jean.

Adema is (L-R)  Kris Kohls (drums), Tim Fluckey (vocals, guitars) and Dave DeRoo (bass, backing vocals).

Adema is (L-R) Kris Kohls (drums), Tim Fluckey (vocals, guitars) and Dave DeRoo (bass, backing vocals).

Gene’s favorite tracks from Topple the Giants:
1. Topple the Giants
2. Resolution
3. Unstable

Adema’s remaining Spring 2013 tour dates:
4.3 – Dothan, AL – District Ultra Lounge
4.5 – Broussard, LA – The Station
4.6 – Pascagoula, MS – Celtic
4.7 – Monroe, LA – Live Oaks Bar
4.9 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Chameleon
4.12 – Tempe, AZ – 910 Live

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