Unstable (album)

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ReleasedAugust 19, 2003
StudioBay 7 Studios, Valley Village, CA
Genre Nu metal, post-grunge [1]
Label Arista
Producer Howard Benson
Adema chronology
Insomniac's Dream
Singles from Unstable
  1. "Unstable"
    Released: June 13, 2003
  2. "Promises"
    Released: November 7, 2003
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Unstable is the second studio album by the American rock 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 (only for Mark to leave once again in 2019). 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 debuted at number 43 on the Billboard 200 before quickly falling off the chart.


Track listing


All lyrics are written by Mark Chavez; all music is composed by Kris Kohls, Mike Ransom, Dave DeRoo & Tim Fluckey.

2."Rip the Heart Out of Me"2:23
3."Stand Up"3:04
6."Blame Me"3:55
7."So Fortunate"3:47
8."Stressin' Out"3:37
9."Do You Hear Me"3:26
10."Let Go"3:04
11."Betrayed Me"3:22
Total length:40:48
Japanese Edition
13."Someone Else's Lies"3:27
Total length:44:15
Re-release 2012
13."Someone Else's Lies"3:27
Total length:48:24

Limited Edition DVD


Additional Musicians


Chart (2003)Peak
UK Rock & Metal Albums (OCC) [3] 15
US Billboard 200 [4] 43


2003"Unstable"US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 25
US Hot Modern Rock Tracks 38

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