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OriginBakersfield, California, USA
Years active2000 (2000)–present
Hiatus: 2008–2009
Labels Arista, Earache, Immortal, Legacy, Pavement
Associated acts Juice, Korn, Midnight Panic, Sexart
Members Ryan Shuck
Tim Fluckey
Mike Ransom
Dave DeRoo
Kris Kohls
Past membersLuke Caraccioli
Bobby Reeves
Ed Faris
Marc DeLeon
Mark Chavez

Adema is a nu metal band from Bakersfield, California. The band formed in 2000 with members lead vocalist Mark Chavez, vocalist/guitarist Tim Fluckey, guitarist Mike Ransom, bassist Dave DeRoo, and drummer Kris Kohls. After their first two albums, Adema , and Unstable , the band was plagued with years of conflict and lineup changes. Ransom left the band in 2003 followed by Chavez later in 2004 due to conflicts between themselves and other members of the band. Luke Caraccioli replaced Chavez in early 2005 for one album, Planets , but then left a few months later in late 2005. Vocalist Bobby Reeves and guitarist Ed Farris, both from the band Level, were recruited to join as well, but only released one album, Kill the Headlights in 2007, before entering a hiatus. The band's original line up reformed in late 2009 and toured, but both Ransom and Chavez left again before any new music would be recorded. Fluckey took over lead vocals from 2011 to 2017. The lineup released an EP, Topple the Giants. In 2013 Ransom returned once again; Chavez rejoined the band again in March 2017, only to leave again in 2019. He was replaced by Ryan Shuck [1]

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2000–2002: Formation and self-titled release

Before Adema, lead vocalist Mark Chavez, half-brother of Korn's lead vocalist, Jonathan Davis, played guitar for B.P.D. (Big, Powerful, and Dangerous), guitarist Tim Fluckey formerly played with Juice along with bassist Dave DeRoo, who previously played with Sexart along with Orgy guitarist Ryan Shuck and Jonathan Davis, guitarist Mike Ransom formerly played saxophone of Ska band Mento Buru, and drummer Kris Kohls formerly played with Cradle of Thorns.

Korn American nu-metal band

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Jonathan Davis American singer and musician

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Dave DeRoo American rock musician

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The band's eponymous debut album, Adema , was released in August 2001 to moderate success. Its two major singles, "Giving In" and "The Way You Like It," received significant airplay on rock radio. All of the lyrics were written by Chavez, [2] and the album was produced by Bill Appleberry (7th House) and Tobi Miller (The Wallflowers guitarist). [3] Adema's eponymous debut album was certified gold, and the band received a spot on the main stage during the Ozzfest tour. They kept playing live with the Music as a Weapon, SnoCore Rock, and Projekt Revolution tours. [4]

<i>Adema</i> (album) 2001 studio album by Adema

Adema is the self-titled debut album by American nu metal band Adema. It was released on August 21, 2001 through Arista Records and peaked at #27 on the Billboard 200. The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on March 6, 2002 for selling over 500,000 copies in the United States, and has since sold over 1 million copies worldwide. The major singles from the album were "The Way You Like It" and "Giving In". "Freaking Out" has also seen some radio airplay. It remains their best-selling album to date.

"Giving In" is the first single to be released from the band Adema's self-titled debut album. The song appeared on Now 9, as well as on a commercial for AT&T Mobility it is one of the band's most popular and well known songs.

"The Way You Like It" is the second single from Adema's self-titled debut album.

In 2002, Adema released Insomniac's Dream , an EP, as a "gift to fans." [4] The single from the album, "Immortal," was written for the video game Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance . Besides the single, it included a track from international versions of Adema , a cover to Alice in Chains's "Nutshell", and four remix versions of songs from Adema . 2002 also marked Adema's inclusion in the Resident Evil Soundtrack, contributing the track "Everyone" from their debut album.

<i>Insomniacs Dream</i> 2002 EP by Adema

Insomniac's Dream is the first EP by American nu metal band Adema, and was released on November 5, 2002 after debut self-titled album. Only the first three tracks are new, though "Shattered" was released on some international versions of Adema and "Nutshell" is a remake of an Alice in Chains song which was well received by their fans. "Immortal" was the theme song for Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, and is the only song to have had a music video.

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2003–2004: Unstable and lineup changes

Adema's second album, Unstable , was released by Arista in August 2003. [5] It was produced by Howard Benson, whose credits also include producing albums with P.O.D., Hoobastank and Cold. [4] [6]

<i>Unstable</i> (album) 2003 studio album by Adema

Unstable is the second studio album by the American nu metal band Adema, and is the final album to feature its full original lineup with Chavez and Ransom departing from the band after its release and then again after their reunion, although they returned to the band in March 2017. The album was released on August 19, 2003 by Arista Records. It features the self-titled single "Unstable" and has sold about 400,000 copies worldwide. Many songs relied more on instrumentation and harmony instead of distortion in comparison to their previous album. It was less successful than their first album, debuting at number 43 on the Billboard 200 before quickly falling off the chart.

Howard Benson American record producer

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P.O.D. American hardcore and nu metal band

Payable on Death is an American Christian nu metal band formed in 1992 and based in San Diego, California. The band's line-up consists of vocalist Sonny Sandoval, drummer and rhythm guitarist Wuv Bernardo, lead guitarist Marcos Curiel, and bassist Traa Daniels. They have sold over 12 million records worldwide. Over the course of their career, the band has received three Grammy Award nominations, contributed to numerous motion picture soundtracks and toured internationally. With their third studio album, The Fundamental Elements of Southtown, they achieved their initial mainstream success; the album was certified platinum by the RIAA in 2000. Their following studio album, Satellite, continued the band's success with the singles, "Alive" and "Youth of the Nation", pushing it to go triple platinum.

The band has vigorously fought the label "nu metal," preferring to be classified as traditional rock. [7] While Unstable was not a significant break from their earlier sound, Chavez compared it to the rawness of Nirvana, [6] and bassist DeRoo hoped that Chavez's stronger voice (the result of voice lessons) would result in a more mainstream sound. [7] "We don't go onstage and nu metal," said drummer Kohls. "We're sick of that phrase. ROCK – it's such a broad word that it doesn't categorize you." [4]

Nirvana (band) American rock band

Nirvana was an American rock band formed in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1987. It was founded by lead singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers, the longest-lasting and best-known being Dave Grohl, who joined in 1990. Though the band dissolved in 1994 after the death of Cobain, their music maintains a popular following and continues to influence modern rock and roll culture.

Chavez and guitarist Ransom had a bitter rivalry that ended when first Ransom, then Chavez, left the band. [8] The rest of the band has blamed Chavez for "personal problems" that held the band back musically, but Chavez claimed that it was differences in the direction of the music. The feud with Ransom put the rest of the band in the middle. While DeRoo wouldn't comment specifically on what the supposed problems were, he insinuated that Chavez was caught up in drugs.

During 2003, when the band released and toured for Unstable, Chavez and Ransom didn't speak to one another. The band claimed that the split was no surprise. Ransom left in December, while the remaining four members finished touring. [9] [10]

Amidst this conflict, Unstable sold over 66% less than the band's debut album. [11] In December, the band learned that Arista was dropping them during a label merger. A large number of Arista's staff was fired in a management shakeup by its parent company, Sony. L.A. Reid, who originally signed the band, had left the label a week earlier. The band has blamed low sales of Unstable on being dropped. [8]

The band continued to write, but in February 2004, Chavez started to lose interest. [9] He quit the band in September. [11] While the remaining three members remained on good terms with Ransom, their attitude towards Chavez was much less favorable.

With regards to the split with Adema, Adema blamed the split on Chavez's disinterest in the band. However, Chavez acknowledged personal problems and claimed that "it takes two to tango," and that his decision precipitated from an argument with drummer Kohls over the direction of the band. [12] Chavez would form the band Midnight Panic with his cousin and old bandmates Cesareo Garasa and Mike Montano, which released the self-titled Midnight Panic EP before dissolving. [13]

2004–2005: Planets with Luke Caraccioli

The remaining three Adema members regrouped to write new music and auditioned for a new lead singer. After Kohls heard a demo from Rewind Yesterday, another Bakersfield band, he was impressed by the group's lead singer, Luke Caraccioli. Adema asked Caraccioli to front the band. [9] Luke Caraccioli accepted a few months later in January 2005. [14]

Adema signed to metal label Earache Records in Spring 2004 when its manager, Al Dawson, heard them at a show. [15] Under their new label, the band gained more control over their direction than they had when signed with Arista. Adema lauded Earache for allowing "bands to express themselves creatively." [8]

On April 5, 2005, the band would deliver their next album, Planets produced by Nick Forcillo. They released the album's first single, "Tornado," back on February 18, 2005.

Planets, as an album, was musically, a significant break from Adema's two earlier albums; it was much closer to rock than Adema's nu metal history. In comparison to the previous albums, which featured heavy usages of programming and synthesizers, 'Planets' features stronger piano melodies and guitar-drive harmonics. g Kohls said that the band relied on influences from classic rock. and that the band proved that they were "so much more than" a nu metal band. [16] The writing for the album was shared between the four members with Tim recording all of the guitar portions of the album.

As a former marine, Caraccioli played his first show with Adema in the Persian Gulf in April 2005. They performed for American troops stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates for the Armed Forces Entertainment. [17] Though the Iraq War was still raging, the band stressed that the tour was apolitical. Adema then promoted the release by touring with Brides of Destruction, a band that Kohls had briefly been involved in. Though proud of their identity change, the band noted that they had a mixture of fans from both the "old" and "new" Adema at live shows. [16]

In September of that year, the band released a second single from the album, "Planets." The music video for the single was featured in the film, Cry Wolf. [18]

In October 2005, after only 10 months, Luke Caraccioli left the band, citing personal reasons. Following his departure, the band got in touch with Mark Chavez and according to the band, both parties were back on good terms. Both parties even had talks about Chavez singing for Adema again and even wrote some new songs together, nothing transpired from these events until August 2009. [19]

2006–2008: Kill The Headlights with Bobby Reeves and hiatus

In March 2006, Adema announced a new vocalist, Bobby Reeves, a former member of the band LEVEL. [20] In August, the band recruited guitarist Ed Faris, also a former member of LEVEL. [21] With their new lineup, the band signed onto Immortal Records in February 2007. [22] They released Kill the Headlights , produced by Marshall Altman (Marc Broussard, Zebrahead) in August 2007. The first single, "Cold and Jaded," was released in July. [23]

In early 2008 Dave Deroo announced the band has decided to go on a "hiatus" to regroup, take a break, and assured fans they have not broken up.[ citation needed ]

2009–2011: Reunion and departure of original lineup

On August 13, 2009, Mark Chavez posted a blog on his official Myspace page stating that he has returned to Adema. [24] He also plans for the band to write an album and begin touring before the release of said album. The blog read:

It was later confirmed that both Mark Chavez and original guitarist Mike Ransom were back in the band. [25] A second blog from the band's Myspace stated that both Bobby Reeves and Ed Faris had agreed to leave the band and that this was the right thing to do for Adema and their fans, the blog went on to say, "This SURE won't be the last you see of Bobby or Ed, and we wanted to take the time to thank them for their service in the line of duty..." [26]

Adema announced on their official Twitter page that the first rehearsal with the original lineup in 6 years took place November 15, 2009. [27]

The original members of Adema played their first show together in over 5 years on January 14, 2010, at Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood.

A full 2010 tour list across the United States has also been posted on the band's Myspace and Facebook page and new material was announced to be released around February 2011. The band went on their 2010 tour. However, Mike Ransom was unable to join them due to his commitments with recording an album with his band, Black Heart Vacancy. He left once again in November.

Mark Chavez abruptly left Adema once again before the start of the 2011 tour to pursue his solo project. [28] Guitarist Tim Fluckey and Bassist David DeRoo have since taken over vocal duties. [29]

The reason behind Chavez's departure was that he had another conflict with the band. Chavez brought his wife with him on the band's 2010 tour. When the band didn't let her on the 2011 tour, he reportedly told the other members, "Alright, if you think you can do this without me, you go right ahead." [30]

In January 2011, bassist David DeRoo was arrested just prior to performing a concert in Connecticut, and was charged with being a fugitive of the law. A warrant for his arrest was issued in July 2010 for violating his probation issued from a prior DUI incident in November 2008. [31] DeRoo's bond was set at US$1 million. [32] Being contractually obligated to fulfill their already scheduled 2011 tour dates, Tim Fluckey, Kris Kohls and touring fill-in and the Mentors lead vocalist and drummer Marc DeLeon performed as Adema in the absence of DeRoo. [33]

2011–2013: Topple the Giants

On their official Facebook page, the band announced on July 19, 2011, "We're going in the studio this week! New music coming soon!". Since then they had also announced a new EP, "Topple the Giants", available for download in February 2012 along with a special edition disc in March. It included new songs along with old songs re-recorded with the current line-up. A full-length album was announced to be released later in summer 2012. However, on May 22, 2012, they announced that their new EP "that was slated for release on all digital formats today has been delayed until further notice." After finally signing a deal with Pavement Entertainment in early 2013, the band had announced they would release Topple the Giants on the release date of April 2, 2013. [34] Many have called the cover one of the worst metal album covers of all time.

2013–17: Mike Ransom's second return

On September 13, 2013, it was announced by Dave DeRoo that Mike Ransom had returned to the band once again with Marc DeLeon agreeing to leave the band. [35]

2017–present: Mark Chavez's third tenure and tour with Ryan Shuck

On March 27, 2017, Mark Chavez was seen rehearsing with original members of Adema, signifying his return to band. They performed with him at the Whisky A Go Go on May 24, 2017, his first show with the band in 6 years. [36] The band later confirmed that they working working on a new album. Following their last shows in December of that year, no news emerged until June 2019, when it was announced that Chavez had departed again. Julien-K frontman Ryan Shuck confirmed he would be fronting the band for their fall tour with Powerman 5000. [37] [38]

Musical style

Adema's music has been described as nu metal, [39] [40] [41] [42] alternative rock, [43] post-grunge, [44] alternative metal [41] and hard rock. [45]

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