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VAJRA Pleroma (2012)


I'd have willingly believed that Vajra - a vehicle for the composer, singer and multi instrumentalist Annamaria Pinna - are receiving airplay on 160 radio stations across the pond without having each and every one listed in the Press Release accompanying the band's debut album release Pleroma. But it does, at least, signpost that there's a wave of interest in the band.

And then there's the band's live performances - what self respecting hot blooded male rock fan isn't going to display at least a passing interesting in a band whose female vocalist fronts her band sporting a black leather basque and fishnets?

But it's not all hype, there's substance to this dark brooding and intense album that adds haunting Eastern Indian rhythms and elements to an atmospheric rock set.

Produced by Sylvia Massey (Tool, System Of A Down, Prince, Johnny Cash), the album sits just left of mainstream in terms of potential commercial appeal, although it's far from unimaginable that with a subtle twist of direction Vajra could compete for the Evanescence crown.

But in the meantime Pleroma should appeal to those who like their rock powerful, atmospheric and served Kerrang! style.


Review by Pete Whalley


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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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