Adema is a Nu Metal band formed in 1999 from Bakersfield, California. In regards to the Nu Metal aspect, don't say such to any of the members as they refuse to acknowledge themselves as part of the genre and humbly see themselves as a plain grunge, Alternative Rock or hard rock band. They received prominent attention in 2001 with the release of their gold-selling, self-titled album Adema which catapulted the group to popularity during the 2001-2004 time frame, numerous gigs and shows such as Ozzfest and Korn's Family Values tours, as well as a place with other famous acts such as Linkin Park and Korn (the former of which lead singer Chester Bennington and Joe Hahn appeared in the music video for their song "The Way You Like It", and the latter of which lead singer Jonathan Davis is the older half-brother of Mark Chavez, Adema's former lead singer, and unfortunately a fact many refused to stop acknowledging).
The band is well known by fans and music goers alike as one of the most dedicated and hardest working bands in recent memory. They are also notoriously and unfortunately infamous for their apparent trouble of keeping lead singers. Back in 2003 at the release of their second studio album "Unstable" the band endured the departure of one of their guitarists Mike Ransom after a supposed fall out with lead singer Mark Chavez followed by being dropped by their first label, Arista Records, and then accumulated with the abrupt departure of Mark Chavez in early 2004.
The band however kept their heads up and soon picked up steam with the arrival of a new front man Luke Caraccioli and their third studio album "Planets". Sadly, Luke left later on in the year after a supposed falling out with the members, leaving them without a lead singer. Fast forward two years later and the band received their third frontman Bobby Reeves and a second guitarist Ed Farris and released their fourth studio album "Kill The Headlights".
The band then went into a brief hiatus and then shocked fans and the industry as a whole with the announcement both Mark Chavez and Mike Ransom were returning for a reunion tour AND a joining forces for a fifth studio album which the fans were insanely happy to hear. It wasn't meant to last most unfortunately as Mike Ransom showed minimal interest in the tour and left not long after and then Mark Chavez himself yet again left the band due to personal differences, leaving fans disappointed and heart broken.
Since then, long standing lead guitarist Tim Fluckey took over both guitar duties and assumed the role of lead singer for the band with long standing bassist Dave Deroo and long standing drummer Kris Kohls and have held the camp a float as they did not wish to give up on their fans and were determined to continue making music. They are currently preparing to release their long awaited fifth studio album "Topple The Giants" and plan to go on tour throughout the year.
During the Summer of 2013, Mike Ransom returned to the band thus bringing the lineup to four. Sadly, despite rumors, Mark Chavez did not return to the band. However, he came back to Adema in 2017... only to leave AGAIN in 2019. This time he was replaced by Ryan Shuck.
Their lineup consists of:
- Ryan Shuck - lead vocals (2019-)
- Tim Fluckey - lead guitar, lead vocals (2011-2017)
- Mike Ransom - guitar and backing vocals (2000-2003, 2009-2010, 2013-)
- Dave Deroo - bass and backing vocals
- Kris Kohls - drums and backing vocals
- Mark Chavez - lead vocals (1999-2004, 2010-early 2011, 2017-2019)
- Luke Caraccioli - lead vocals (2005)
- Bobby Reeves - lead vocals (2007-2009)
- Ed Faris - guitar (2007-2009)
- Marc DeLeon - guitar (2011-2013), briefly bass in 2011 when Dave had legal issues.
- 2001 - Adema
- 2002 - Insomniac's Dream EP
- 2003 - Unstable
- 2005 - Planets
- 2007 - Kill The Headlights
- 2013 - Topple The Giants EP note
Adema has the following trope examples
- Album Title Drop:
- "Unstable", the song "Unstable", does this in the chorus
- "Planets", the song "Planets", does this in the chorus
- "Kill The Headlights", the song "Waiting for the Daylight" does this in the second verse of the song in the second line
- Alternative Metal
- Audience Participation Song: Mark Chavez was very big on audience participation during the songs "Freaking Out" , "Needles" and "The Way You Like It" when he would allow audience members to sing the lyrics "The way you like it" when holding the microphone towards them. Tim, Dave, and Kris are firm upholders of audience participation as well, even more than Mark ever was.
- Cover Version: They've done Alice in Chains' "Nutshell on their "Insomniac's Dream" EP, "The Thing That Should Not Be" as a hidden track in "Planets", and "Sweet Child Of Mine" live
- Precision F-Strike: Their first album had quite a few in "Freaking Out", "The Way You Like It", "Do What You Wanna Do", and "Drowning". Mark Chavez was a huge fan of including a "fuck" in just about any song he sung live.
- Mike Ransom dropped a total of eight "fucks" in rapid succession in a Behind the Scenes video in the Unstable CD package.
- Atomic F-Bomb: In "Freaking Out" and "Do What You Wanna Do"
- Again Mike Ransom dropped quite a few in a Behind The Scenes video with the band in an extra disc in the Unstable album.
- Guttural Growler: Mark was an absolute god at this live. This is also noticeable in the song "Drowning" which opens up with Mark dropping a ten second growl, the song "Needles" from "Unstable" and noticeably in later parts of the B side song "Someone Else's Lies"
- In the song "Sevenfold" from the band's album "Planets", one can hear Luke dropping amazing growls during the chorus leading up to the guitar solos.
- Intercourse with You: In the song "Speculum" which sadly enough is about an abortion situation in which the wife doesn't tell the husband about it. One lyric explicitly says "if you could forgive I'd like to rest with you someday".
- Last Note Nightmare: A running tread with a lot of their songs. "Blow It Away", "Freaking Out", "Planets", "Estrellas" among the prominent examples.
- The Masochism Tango: The thematic of Unstable's title track.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Adema was prominent on the higher scales (7-8) in their first album, but then began to vary thereafter following the release of Unstable (somewhere around 6). It seems they wanna return higher with the release of "Topple The Giants".
- Rap Metal: Heavily associated often with the genre, but they refused to believe so.
- Take That!: "The Way You Like It" is clearly a "take that", one to anybody that doubted Mark Chavez's hopes of making it big. The lyrics "they would always say I'd never be shit, but look at me now!"
- Bullet Time: Instances in the music video for "Unstable" where Mark and a woman (supposedly playing his girlfriend or wife) are floating in the air during a hurricane or storm of sorts and are dodging flying objects.
- The Cameo: Chester Bennington and Joe Hahn on Linkin Park appear to allow Adema access to the club at the end of the video for "The Way You Like It".
- Potty Emergency: In the music video for "The Way You Like It", Kris desperately has to go to the bathroom but gets tossed out of the men's room. He ends up going to the ladies' room and using the sink as a urinal, and one of the women seems to smile at him while wearing lipstick.
- Genre Shift: From Nu Metal to Grunge to Alternative Metal. The band noticeably changes styles of rock with the release of every cd and when they undergo a change in lead singers.
- Long-Runner Line-up: Oh boy. Only Tim, Dave, and Kris have remained together to hold the band camp up since it's inception. Mark Chavez was with the band since inception and then left in 2004 and returned in 2010 only to leave a year later.
- Nu Metal: They were normally classified as such back in the day, but never believed themselves to be. They clearly aren't anymore however, if they ever were.