New York, NY (PRWEB) August 29, 2012
NYC-based band Vajra is building the temple, and you are witness to its foundation. The band is quickly generating a buzz since their first show in November 2011. Virgin America selected Vajras single Erode The Will for their In-Flight Entertainment Series in December, 2011, and the single was also included on the Red Gorilla SXSW 2012 Compilation. Vajra was selected to be a Supercuts Rock The Cut Music Ambassador, and the band sponsored a team at the 9th Annual Goals for Hope Women’s Soccer Tournament, a benefit to raise money for the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.
Vajras music was added to regular rotation at 200 radio stations nationwide, including syndicated radio shows, podcasts, and music websites.
All the while, the band has been busy, having recently returned from a successful West Coast tour, performing at Sylvia Massys 4&20 Blackbird Music Festival, The Bottom of The Hill in San Francisco and The Roxy in Los Angeles. Vajra performed two shows at SXSW 2012 in Austin, TX and recently played to sold-out audiences at The Bowery Ballroom, The Mercury Lounge and The Bowery Electric in NYC. The band signed licensing deals with The Discovery Network, MTV, Showtime and Bravo.
Vajra released their debut album Pleroma on the Summer Solstice (6.21.12) to sizzling reviews. Here’s what they are saying about Vajra, and their debut album ‘Pleroma’:
“If you were thinking how a melange of Dead Can Dance with Tool would sound like, dont dig further, Vajra is the most perfect possible match for it. Pleroma is kind of a collection of 10 sonic postcards which painting up by sounds this mystic journey to self-conscience filled with hypnotic mysticism and some explosive sonic hurricanes.” -By Brushvox, http://brushvox.com/2012/08/vajra-pleroma-2012/
“Care to listen to something original and interesting? Allow me to introduce you to Vajra. Vajra really have something unique. Pleroma is a spiritual awakening in rock, providing sensual and soothing lyrics, deep and moody atmospheres, and some fine music. Expect to hear them on soundtracks in the very near future”. The Music Mag, http://www.themusicmag.com/music-reviews/vajra-pleroma-review/
“Vajra’s debut LP, Pleroma, seems to draw correlation between underlying feeling, sound and time period, regardless of the cultural genesis of either. Most interesting is how the album itself can have different sonic interpretations. Were it to be released in the mid-’80s, one might say that it has new age tendencies. But, in 2012, its hallmarks are nearly drone metal. Based around a soaring, but heavy low end, the album draws from the introspective mass of thick stoner rock like Sleep and OM, but doesn’t have the nasty edge of most metal bands. Rather, despite its massive, hypnotic grooves, the album isn’t aggressive, but soothing, suggesting more introspection and less outward projection.Often, when merging the East with the West, musicians make the mistake of being too direct and make it seem that they are using Eastern sounds to be more “deep.” That’s not the case here. Rather, instead of bringing in Eastern elements to Western drone in order to add a certain ethereal quality to the sound, it seems as though Pinna is showing that like colors, certain tones evoke images, despite their geographic origin. The trick is difficult to pull off but the band mostly succeeds. Yet, as trippy as this album gets, it makes one wonder that now they’ve mastered sounds from across the globe, their real leap might be when they start creating sounds that no area has heard before.” PunkNews, http://www.punknews.org/review/11400/vajra-pleroma
“The music Vajra does is beyond what you hear. I did have to do some research beyond the tracks and I loved to find that there is a concept behind the tracks Ive heard and more to learn. The music was great but her history is just as intriguing which shapes the songs on this album. Be prepared when you enter the world of Vajra because it may change you forever”. Indieband Guru, http://indiebandguru.com/vajra-dark-progressive-rock-with-east-indian-themes-to-wrap-your-mind-around/
“Vajras latest release entitled, Pleroma was released about a month ago. We finally got the chance to listen to it and the general reaction seems to be oh so good. This is quite an interesting release and is one of my personal favorites of the year. Imagine if Tool was fronted by a woman. Thats basically what you get with Vajra. However the dramatic difference of vocal timbre is a huge contribution to what sets Vajra apart from the rest. Musically, this album is incredibly solid. Homo phonic melodies are constantly present whilst dark, swirling rhythms suck you in to Vajras charm. The amount of Indian influence is fantastic as well. This record also has such a heavy, east meets west type of vibe. Annamaria Pinnas vocals soar over the top of Vajra’s intricate and complex guitar work. Everything flows with meaning and purpose. The rhythmic foundation is incredibly solid whilst being complex and melodic (if youre a bassist, listen and learn from this album). Each song is a powerful example of what Vajra is all about, nothing feels wasted. Pleroma is a record that can hold its ground to even the most high budget records out in the market today. The band sounds tight and has that desirable Wall Of Sound vibe. Well mixed, well produced and well written, Pleroma should be considered an engineering success for the band. This is an album that was done right. If youre a fan of Progressive Metal, Heavy Metal or even certain aspects of Gothica, you should check this album out, for sure. This is a great representative of Progressive Metal and Im glad I had the chance to have a listen. Vajras, Pleroma is a fantastic record and should definitely be in your collection.” The Raffo Review, http://therafforeview.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/plemora-vajira/
“Vajra is an interesting band that combines elements of symphonic metal with more rock related elements. This is a band that is fun to listen to, but difficult to give a genre too. So I will describe as best I can. The guitar playing is an interesting mix of metal, rock, shoegaze, and more psychedelic sounds. The bass playing is very solid and there is a lot of heaviness to be found in the lower end of the sound. The drumming is often very psychedelic and laid back. There is a really interesting element in the rhythm section of this band. Finally, the vocals are at once in your face and powerful and laid back and calm. The combination is potent and adds a lot of flavor to the songs….With an album that takes multiple listens to full comprehend and lyrics that are beautiful and epic. The guitar playing is at once heavy and psychedelic. There are entire arrangements based on loose and bizarre guitar solos. The bass playing often takes the lead here and really can dominate the sound. He adds a lot of flavor to the band. I also really like the drum work with its’ relaxed and simple playing that adds a lot to the songs. Finally, the singer has an excellent voice that shows some major symphonic metal influences, yet she always manages to deliver. So go check out Vajras’ album Pleroma, it is truly excellent.” Two Guys Metal Reviews, http://twoguysmetalreviews.blogspot.fr/2012/08/vajra-pleroma.html
“There is a mix of goth with Eastern Indian themes on Pieroma from VAJRA, the brainchild of Annamaria Pinna. This record is polished and complex and you will get lost in her haunting vocals. Watch out Amy Lee!” New York Waste, http://nywaste.com/nyw_main/music/StarrTucker/spring2012.html
“Wait ’til you see how this amazing debut sounds right here! The luxurious bass is steady-pumpin’, guitar-work is ferociously heavy, vocal delivery is superb, sitar and Eastern themes are genuinly conceived and atmospheric. In my head, their whole approach brings-up the music of Tool. Just how much better can a debut be? Its weak spot is