ADAMANTIS – Far Flung Realm

ADAMANTIS - Far Flung Realm
  • 7.8/10
    ADAMANTIS - Far Flung Realm - 7.8/10


Cruz Del Sur Music
Re-release date: March 19, 2021

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Power Metal From Boston

New England’s own Adamantis has just been signed to Cruz Del Sur Music in time to get a proper release with their first full-length album: Far Flung Realms. Adamantis was formed in 2016 when drummer Evgeny Gromovoy and guitarist Javier Estrada moved to Boston for work. They soon met guitarist Jeff Taft and former singer Ashley Caval via an Internet post calling for musicians sharing similar influences. With the release of 2018’s Thundermark EP, Caval and original bassist Liz Cleary left while the trio continued working on new material, eventually adding bassist Cody Pelchat and vocalist Jeff Stark to complete the lineup.

Elric to Arkona

Produced, mixed and mastered by Christian “Moschus” Moos of Spacelab Mixing, Far Flung Realm is the culmination of Adamantis’ democratic writing process, as each member contributed to the album’s 11 tracks. Lyrically, “Far Flung Realm” tackles a wide range of themes from ‘Misbegotten Dream’ about Elric of Melnibone of Michael Moorcock’s Eternal Champion novels to ‘Puppeteer’s Bane” about a character from Steven Erikson’s Gardens of the Moon. ‘Journey’s End’ and ‘Voron’ tackle themes of facing death and mortality, while ‘The Siege of Arkona’ details historical events. Far Flung Realm also features a guest appearance from singer Elisa C. Martin (ex-Darkmoor) on ‘The Oracle’s Prophecy’.

Top Tracks

The album has it’s ups and downs, with the majority being ups. Properly starting out the album with a bang is “Unbound Souls” with it’s rapid-fire, double bass Power Metal beat, and anthemic sing along choruses. “Puppeteer’s Bane” is an extravaganza of double-picking, harmony guitars, and just enough tempo breaks to keep the listener engaged. Another fun track that harkens back to the early days of Power Metal is “Journey’s End”, bringing cool riffs and speed into a tight arrangement that keeps you headbanging.

Final Notes

Far Flung Realms by Adamantis is a good first album, offering us sounds that feel like early Power Metal from the late 80s and early 90s. The mix is decent, though the guitars dominate the mix over the vocals (which is not always a bad thing). Overall, Adamantis are off to a strong start with Far Flung Realms. Fans of Blind Guardian, Gamma Ray and Running Wild will find plenty here to make this well worth adding to your collection.

Adamantis band photo


Jeff Stark – Vocals
Jeff Taft – Guitars Cody Pelchat – Bass
Javier Estrada – Guitars
Evgeny Gromovoy – Drums

Far Flung Realm – Tracklist

1. Into the Realm
2. Unbound Souls
3. Misbegotten Dream
4. Puppeteer’s Bane
5. Fire and Brimstone
6. Imagination
7. Journey’s End
8. The Oracle’s Prophecy
9. Second Sight
10. The Siege of Arkona
11. Voron (The Ravensong)


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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