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.
The debut album “Pleroma” was released on the Summer Solstice, 2012 (6.21.12). Pleroma is an exploration in paradox (east vs west, soft vs pummeling, female vs male) and includes appearances by Blake Fleming (ex-The Mars Volta) on drums, Doug Wright (The Dirty Pearls) on bass and Will Dahl (ex-Harley’s War) on guitar.
Vajra’s music is hauntingly dark and hypnotic weaving Eastern Indian themes with melodic, progressive rock creating foreboding and mysterious lullabies. Sylvia Massy (Tool, System of A Down, Prince, Johnny Cash) co-produced the vocals and mixed. Tom Baker (NIN, Foo Fighters, Ministry, Prince) mastered.
The band is quickly generating a buzz after selling-out their first show in November, 2011 (at The Bowery Electric in NYC). Virgin America selected Vajra’s single “Erode The Will” for their In-Flight Entertainment Series in December, 2011, and Vajra’s music is currently being played at over 200 radio stations nationwide, syndicated radio shows, podcasts, and music websites. The band just performed two shows at SXSW and recently played to sold-out audiences at The Bowery Ballroom, The Mercury Lounge and The Bowery Electric in NYC. The band recently signed licensing deals with The Discovery Network, MTV, Showtime and Bravo.
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Every song in this album is amazing. It’s clear that everyone involved put a lot of work and time on each and every song. The production values are over the top, and the song writing is phenomenal. Vajra makes most other rock bands sound bland, simple, and weak. The onslaught of instruments and melodies will overload your senses. The lyrics are poetic and passionate, while Annamaria Pinna is simply among the best singers of this genre, having the emotional power of Patty Smith and the delicate precision of Sharon den Adel.
If you listen to Dead Can Dance, Fever Ray, Lacuna Coil, The Gathering, Leaves Eyes and so on. Or own a collection of progressive metal, from Stratovarious, Dream Theater, Avantasia, Freedom Call and Angel Dust, to name a few, you’ll love the experience of Vajra’s compositions. Their music is a few tones lighter, where the hard metal riffs become mellower rock hooks, but the depths of emotion remain untouched.
The music has an excellent mix of orchestration, sound effects, tinkling pianos, strings, percussion and of course, grinding guitars. The sound is mature, complex, well-thought-out and very well executed. The music is not very heavy so it’s also easy to listen to and performed flawlessly. There’s also something about this music that will make you come back to it over and over again.
Pleroma has it all: drama, emotion, moving power ballads, captivating lyrics and catchy rocks songs with just enough dark edge and pop hooks to ensnare new fans.
Listen to standout tracks like; “Inside The Flame,” “Almost One,” “Blind,” or the absolute highlight, “Erode The Will,” to capture the gist of the deeply moving, dramatic and soul wrenching journey of Pleroma.
Emotionally draining yet beautifully arranged. Sharp yet delicate. Raw yet soothing. Symphonic rock with an eastern twist, at it’s most elegant level. Vajra’s Pleroma is simply superb!
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