- Released: April 5, 2005
- Label: Earache Records
- 1.Shoot the Arrows
- 2.Barricades in Time
- 6.Enter the Cage
- 9.Until Now
- 10.Rise Above
- 11.Bad Triangle - (with Rio Life)
- 12.Better Living Through Chemistry
- 13.Refusing Consciousness
- 14.Lift Us Up
Adema: Kris Kohls, Dave DeRoo, Luke Carraccioli, Tim Fluckley.
Personnel: Luke Carraccioli (vocals, percussion, background vocals); Rio Life (vocals); Tim Fluckley (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, baritone guitar, piano, percussion, background vocals); Dave DeRoo (bass guitar, percussion, background vocals); Kris Kohls (drums, percussion, background vocals).
Additional personnel: Rio Life.
Recording information: Fattracks; Pig Studios, Oildale, CA.
Photographer: Alex Solca.
Many bands would likely be thrilled to have the relative of a famous musician on board. In the case of Adema, counting singer Mark Chavez (the half-brother of Korn's Jonathan Davis) among its ranks often only served to pigeonhole the group, with some critics labeling the combo as no more than Korn lite. Switching both labels and vocalists, however, allowed Adema to deliver 2005's PLANETS free of any baggage. Apparently this change worked wonders, as this disc contains some of the group's strongest material and musicianship. The California combo has retained its Staind-meets-power-pop vibe, but added a wealth of other influences. The title track is more genuinely melancholy than angst-ridden, and "Enter the Cage" borrows elements from Scandinavian black metal, mixing Gregorian chant-like instrumental swells with a melodic lead-bass pattern. "Sevenfold" takes some cues from Balkan folk music, and features what sounds like a rocked-out bouzouki solo. An imaginative and progressive next step, PLANETS finds Adema coming out of a transitional period on top.