Photo courtesy of Adamanta
WHAT happens when you combine power metal and Visayan culture? Adamanta!
Cebu symphonic folk power metal band Adamanta have finally released their highly anticipated music video for single “Conquer” on Saturday, June 18, 2022.
The music video features Visayan warriors from the pre-colonial Philippines and draws inspiration from Filipino history, often overlooked by many.
Adamanta is composed of members Daphnia, the nymph of the forest kingdoms; Elvin, the Bard; Wulfhammer, the Stormcaller; and Lyra, the Enchantress.
The single “Conquer” was released on July 16, 2021, but due to pandemic restrictions and disasters that rocked Cebu, such as Typhoon Odette, the music video for the song was delayed.
But fans who were patiently waiting for the video weren’t disappointed, as the band delivered on their promise to incorporate the “iog (courageous)” spirit of our Visayan ancestors into their art.
“Conquer was born out of a thirst to connect with our roots. It’s both a prayer and a promise to be strong and seek glory with the help of our ancestors,” Adamanta said.
Adamanta said their song channels Western European folk motifs, reminding those unfamiliar with Filipino culture that the Visayans were once raiders, warriors and seafarers similar to those of the Western Vikings.
The song’s orchestral elements were also heavily inspired by the band’s obsession with “The Lord of the Rings” and old role-playing game soundtracks. The group said by leaning in this direction, the unmistakable sense of adventure and grandeur is established.
“We hope this will get your blood boiling as you follow the brave to the gates of Bathala!” said Adamante.
In a previous interview with Adamanta, the band said “Conquer” was originally about the warrior culture of the Vikings involving heavy drinking and looting.
“But over the years we learned more about the pre-colonial Philippines, we changed our perspective on the Pintados and the Visayan warriors,” Adamanta said.
We will face our fate
Adamanta debuted 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 the characteristics of traditional metal with speed metal, often in a symphonic context.
The band released a few commercials and found Benjamin “Wulfhammer” Ricafrente III on vocals.
“There we wrote a few songs and honed our skills. Those were our experimental days; we played a few local shows with members changing regularly, except for Wulfhammer, Elvin and Miguel,” Adamanta said. .
It wasn’t until 2018 that the band changed their name to Adamanta.
Elvin met their vocalist, 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 program convention at STC. She was also into symphonic metal.
“From there, we decided to embrace the symphonic side that we’ve wanted to do all these years,” the band said.
Rise with the seas
Adamanta is grateful to have such a loyal fandom in Cebu’s underground music scene and is very happy that they continue to support their projects to push their art forward. They are also touched by their new audience and people’s new appreciation for Visayan culture through their music.
“We’d like to thank everyone for tuning in and being such awesome fans! We love you guys and hope you like the result of our literal blood, sweat and tears!” said Adamante.
Adamanta’s Conquer is available on all streaming services including Spotify, YT Music and Apple Music.