“Vajra” is a Sanskrit word that means “thunderbolt” and “diamond.” Perhaps this is an attempt to place the New York-based quartet with the same name into the position of “diamond in the rough.” They have certainly etched out a unique place in the melodic metal rankings, offering a sound similar to other female-fronted groups like Lacuna Coil – vocalist/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Annamaria Pinna even offers some of the same tonal qualities as Cristina Scabbia – or perhaps to a lesser extent, The Birthday Massacre.
Vajra began as a project imagined and clearly influenced by Pinna’s time living in India. Pleroma is the debut release from Pinna and the band, and while the sound is appealing and pleasant, it falls just slightly short of my own expectations. Labeled as progressive rock with Eastern Indian influence, I had hoped and expected more of the Indian vibe—more sitar, for lack of a better explanation, admittedly being only really familiar with the sounds and not as much with the instruments that create it. That Eastern Indian influence is merely a hint rather than a shout, an essence where I was hoping for full-bodied flavor.
Overall, Pleroma may not be a driving first attempt but it is a pleasing listen that should get a few spins on your player.Powered by Sidelines