Originality is a feature that can’t be underestimated. After all, it’s difficult to craft a truly unique sound. It’s easy to fall back on trends and proven elements. Groups like NYC’s Vajra bear the flag for innovation of sounds, combining eastern music elements with modern rock music. While the choruses don’t quite deliver on the builds as well as once may hope, the group’s music doesn’t appear hook driven. Their power is in their vibe. That they list Tool as a primary influence will surprise no one after about ten seconds. Let’s continue to support and promote innovation in a growingly cookie cutter genre of Hard Rock. Given Vajra a listen…see what you think.
[Official Bio] Vajra was formed by composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist, Annamaria Pinna during her self-imposed exile in India. The child of a former monk and school teacher, Annamaria was encouraged to learn about the world around her and to question her assumptions. She believes there is divinity in creativity. Annamaria has a neurological condition called synesthesia, where she attaches color and shapes to sound.
Vajra’s music is hauntingly dark and hypnotic weaving Eastern Indian themes with melodic, progressive rock creating foreboding and mysterious lullabies. Their debut album “Pleroma” was released on the Summer Solstice, 2012 (6.21.12). Pleroma is an exploration in paradox (east vs west, soft vs pummelling, female vs male) and includes Blake Fleming (ex-The Mars Volta) on drums. Sylvia Massy (Tool, System of A Down, Prince, Johnny Cash) co-produced the vocals and mixed. Tom Baker (NIN, Foo Fighters, Ministry, Prince) mastered.