Adema is one of those bands that got big at the peak of nu-metal’s popularity but sadly that meant it was all downhill from there. Luckily before all that happened they were a rising success with their nu-metal defining first album but before they ever released a second one we got this EP to tide us over. Mostly consisting of remixes, a cover and a few new tracks this was too little to keep the momentum going as nu-metal began to die but let’s take a quick listen to it and judge it.
The EP begins with Immortal which worked for the revival of the Mortal Kombat franchise even if it was just a continuation it was marketed that way since it was the first game in current gen systems and it had been a while since the last game. This helped the song get a lot of airplay though that didn’t seem to help the band much, mixed with random live footage and in-game footage of Mortal Kombat Deadly Alliance you do have some scenes of Marky Chavez singing in a CG Mortal Kombat ring along the band, this is easily the best part of the video though it should’ve tried to use this a little bit better. The song doesn’t fit Mortal Kombat even if the lyrics feature things that happen in the franchise, at least the song is decent even if nothing particularly special about it.
We then get Shattered which was a b-side from their self-titled album released in some international releases. I can see why it didn’t make the original cut since even if not bad it doesn’t fit as well with the rest of the more energetic self-titled album. The Alice in Chains cover of Nutshell is not particularly bad but like a lot of covers they fail to give it a spin of their own and end up sounding inferior to the original.
We then get two remixes, first with Freaking Out” (Chris Vrenna Remix) and “The Way You Like It” (Sam “Sever” Citrin Remix) but neither is particularly good, the first one doesn’t even make that many changes and the few that they do mostly make the song worse with only a few added bits being better, the second one is a little bit better but mostly just an inoffensive remix. We also get a lvie version of “Do What You Want to Do” (Live) which is ok and “Giving In” (Radio Mix) which no one asked for except maybe a completist who wanted that version but it’s barely any different.
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