The Band: Adamantis
Country: United States
Answers: Jeff Taft (JT) guitars; Evgeny Gromovoy (EG) drums
Photos: Evil Robb
European-inspired epic Power Metal is what US ADAMANTIS show in their debut album “Far Flung Realm”, with a timeless mix of power metal for fans of Blind Guardian, Gamma Ray and Running Wild! Moreover, we talk about the origins of the band and we learn that they have a Spanish connection in their past! Come to know the details around this powerful band.
Hi guys, Adamantis was created in 2016 and in 2018 you released your first songs with an epic EP. How were the first steps of the band?
EG: As a toddler who learns how to walk, our first steps were short, irregular and unsecure. We composed several songs relatively quickly in the rehearsal room. We did not think too much about maturing the songs, the sole goal of having a ‘live set’. We tried to play as many local shows as possible, and we had a lot of fun doing so! We recorded an EP mainly to keep as a record and to have something to show the promoters at the venues we were aiming. Then soon after the release of Thundermark EP, Ashley (vocals) and Lyz (bass) left the band, and we struggled to find a replacement for a while. But we kept writing, and since we could not play live, we spent more time on each song, trying to create a more mature sound. It worked out well in the end!
We are in 2021 and you are releasing your first full-length, what that means for a young band like you?
EG: This is a great time for heavy metal music. Despite the pandemic and the lack of shows, the scene is very much alive. Companies like Bandcamp are doing a great service to the community, as are dedicated YouTube channels such as the NWOTHM Full Albums. We are reaching many listeners thanks to these tools. And for sure, having the support of Cruz del Sur will make us reach way more! We are on the path of exponential growth.
How much have you dedicated to the composition of Far Flung Realm and how was the recording process in the middle of the pandemic?
JT: Quite a lot! Some of the songs on Far Flung Realm are several years old in fact – ‘Misbegotten Dream’ was written even before our first EP, and Voron in late fall/winter 2018, for example. Both have changed a bit since that time — We put a good amount of effort into arranging the songs as a band in our rehearsal space.
We were fortunately done with our drums in December of 2019 and guitars/bass in January 2020 before the pandemic had really begun to impact the US, but our vocal recordings were delayed several months due to the situation, until we could find a time and arrangement that was safe for us to record.
Although Adamantis is a band from Massachusetts, can we say that the band’s sound is nearer to the European power metal than the US?
JT: Definitely, though I think we have some noticeable American elements, too. But most of the band either grew up in Europe at the height of power metal, or had discovered it around that time through the magic of the internet, so the sound is very much engraved within our hearts.
Jeff Stark is a soaring vocalist, but when it comes to the power metal who is first: guitar or vocalist?
JT: They’re both important! The style of power metal we like is very riff oriented so guitar has a role, but those soaring vocals are also key! Drums and bass are also equally important – It would be impossible to create that intensity and ‘feeling of flying’ without a tight rhythm section, or those slower, more epic moments without thunder behind them!
Is it true that Cruz Del Sur Music signed Adamantis barely a month after the self-release of their “Far Flung Realm”? Was it in your plans?
EG: Actually, yes! Our plan was to self-release and promote the album and then capitalize on the exposure that we hoped the album would have to land a record deal. And I personally always thought that Cruz del Sur would be a great home for us. So we asked, turns out they already heard about us, and offered a deal. So it all worked out very nicely! We are extremely excited to see the album released under Cruz del Sur, especially the vinyl, it is going to be a beautiful addition to any collection.
Sure, the guys work quite right. What are the lyrics about in Far Flung Realm?
EG: There are several writers, (in fact all members except Javier Estrada contributed to lyrics), and thus you can find many themes! You have classic battle imagery (Unbound Souls or Fire and Brimstone), fantasy literature (Elric of Melnibone in Misbegotten Dream, Malazan Book of the Fallen in Puppettier’s Bane), introspective reflections (Imagination, Journey’s End), mysticism (Oracles’ Prophecy, Second Sight), epic history (Siege of Arkona) and to finish, the eternal theme of death (Voron). Plenty to choose from!
The cover artwork is very typical of the genre, isn’t it?
JT: It has some typical elements of the genre, for certain, but we think Piotr (Bednarczuk, the artist) really did a fantastic job in presenting them in a visual style that is unique and stands out.
I like that guitars deliver powerful riffs, such as in Journey’s End or Fire and Brimstone