Sound — 9
Adema are an alternative rock band who first emerged from California back in 1998. They soon gathered a massive following nationwide, following the release of their eponymous debut album in 2001, which spawned multiple radio chart toppers, such as "The Way You Like It", "Freaking Out", and "Giving In". The band would go on to release three supplemental studio albums up until 2007, but since then little has been heard from the formerly renowned rock group. Now, following multiple lineup changes, Adema mark their return to the music scene with their new EP, "Topple The Giants". The disc is kicked off with "Resolution", which slowly picks up with a quiet repetitive guitar riff, and then kicks into full gear with a massive scream from recently appointed lead vocalist Tim Fluckey (who was originally the band's guitarist), and is soon backed by some rambunctious guitar playing and thunderous percussion work. From there out, we have two more new studio recordings, and then the band's take on four classic tracks from throughout the band's existing catalogue, such as "Planets" and "Immortal"; that when backed by this new lineup are close to topping the original studio versions. For the most part, it's a fantastic release, considering it's their first work in over 6 years, and the first release with a new lineup.
Lyrics — 9
Guitarist-turned-lead-vocalist Tim Fluckey was the major "what-if" when it came to this new release. When it comes to a band's first album of new material in such a long period of time, most fans naturally have doubts about whether or not it will stand up with the rest of the material in the band's catalogue, and normally begin to take stabs at possible weak points. Tim's upgrade in status within Adema was one of those possible weak points, and even had me making opinions about "Topple The Giants" without even listening to the material. But when his angst soaked scream rang through my ears right after popping in the new CD, my opinion instantly changed for the better. Surprisingly there isn't too much of a difference between original frontman Mark Chavez and Tim vocally, which allows the new material to absolutely triumph, and the band's new renditions to maintain a familiar feel.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall, "Topple The Giants" is an incredible return-to-form for Adema. The big surprise on this album was Tim Fluckey, who completely dominates when it comes to his vocals, and he was the factor that drives this EP over the top and well beyond. Any established fan will be able to appreciate the new revisions on the four classics included alongside the new material, and I personally feel any fan of alternative rock should have no problem passionately enjoying this release as much as I have.