CEBU symphonic folk power metal band, Adamanta, came for power as they released their much-anticipated single "Conquer" on Friday, July 16, 2021.
Adamanta is composed of members Daphnie, the nymph of the Woodland Realms;
Elvin, the Bard;
Wulfhammer, the Stormcaller;
and Lyra, the Enchantress.
'FOLLOW THE BRAVE TO BATHALA'S GATES'
Adamanta said "Conquer" is about conquerors clashing in the setting of pre-colonial Philippines. It also talks about their love for drinking.
"Aside from that, we wanted to show the 'isug' (brave/mighty) character of the Visayan precolonial warriors," the band said.
Adamanta said the song was originally about the warrior culture of the Vikings involving heavy drinking and pillaging. It then shifted to becoming pirate-themed and throwing caution to the wind with the help of liquid courage/beer.
"But as years progressed and we learned more about the pre-colonial Philippines, we shifted our point of view to the Pintados and the Visayan warriors," Adamanta said.
"Conquer" was also very much inspired by movie soundtracks and scenes about courage, love for life and battle.
'TO NEW WORLDS WE SEEK'
Adamanta started in 2016 as Chrono Storm X. Elvin Ian Bacaltos and Miguel Jaranilla (former bassist) were looking to start a power metal band in Cebu.
Power metal is a subgenre of heavy metal combining characteristics of traditional metal with speed metal, often within a symphonic context.
The band posted a few advertisements and found Benjamin "Wulfhammer" Ricafrente III on vocals.
"There, we composed a few songs and honed our skills. Those were our experimental days; we played a few local shows with members regularly changing except for Wulfhammer, Elvin, and Miguel," Adamanta said.
It was only in 2018 when the band changed its name to Adamanta.
Elvin came across their frontwoman, Daphnie, through Saint Theresa's College (STC) music group, Sikabay, to sing alongside Wulfhammer when he had to replace Jaranilla on bass.
Ana "Lyra" Geverola, who is the band's keyboardist, joined the band in 2019 during a curriculum convention at STC. She was also into symphonic metal.
"From then on, we decided to embrace the symphonic side that we've been wanting to do all these years," the band said.
'FIGHT FOR THE GLORIOUS DAY'
Adamanta is grateful for the positive response of "Conquer." They are also asking fans to be patient with the release of their music video.
The band is also asking for support for the fruition of the music video and to #makeConquerhappen.
One can purchase their signed posters and postcards priced at P100 to P200. One could also donate to the band directly through Elvin's GCash and BPI accounts. Those who would donate more will get their names at the end credits of the "Conquer" music video.
Adamanta also encourages everyone to check their social media pages on Facebook, Youtube and Instagram. "We've risked a lot by trying something different but the support we've received up to this point has been overwhelming. This has been an incredible experience, and we are glad to have shared it with you," Adamanta said.
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Photos in this article courtesy of Adamanta