Visayan culture takes center stage in Adamanta's high-octane 'Conquer' music video

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CEBU symphonic folk power metal band Adamanta has finally released their much-anticipated music video for the single "Conquer" on Saturday, June 18, 2022.

The music video channels Visayan warriors of pre-colonial Philippines and draws inspiration from Filipino history, which is often overlooked by many.

Adamanta is composed of members Daphnie, the nymph of the Woodland Realms; Elvin, the Bard; Wulfhammer, the Stormcaller; and Lyra, the Enchantress.

The single "Conquer" was released last July 16, 2021, but due to pandemic restraints and subsequent disasters that rocked Cebu, like Typhoon Odette, the music video for the song was delayed.

But fans who have been patiently waiting for the video were not disappointed, as the band delivered their promise of bringing the "isug (brave)" spirit of our Visayan forebears into their art.

"Conquer came about from a thirst to connect with our roots. It's both a prayer and promise to be strong and seek glory with the help of our ancestors," Adamanta said.

Adamanta said that their song channels western European folk motifs, pulling to those unfamiliar to Filipino culture that Visayans were once raiders, warriors and seafarers similar to that of western Vikings.

The orchestral elements of the song were also heavily inspired by the band's obsession with "The Lord of The Rings" and old role-playing game soundtracks. The band said by leaning in this direction, that unmistakable sense of adventure and grandeur is established.

"We hope it boils the blood as you follow the brave to Bathala's gates!" Adamanta said.

Adamanta's Conquer is available on all streaming services, including Spotify, YT Music and Apple Music. (JGS)

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