*written by Samantha Carcasole
Vajra is a band that is on the rise, based out of New York City. They have just dominated a 29 show, co-headlining US tour while promoting their new single “The Mirror”. The band is fronted by Annamaria Pinna, and features Dave Sussman on guitar and Shusuke Inaba on the drums. Vajra has been classified as alternative/gypsy metal, and the music is just as interesting as that mash-up of genres sounds.
I can definitely understand why they could be considered “gypsy metal”. They have a very progressive sound to them with certain elements of a foreign nature that rings throughout their music and gives the song such an enticing quality. There is something about their music that reminds me of something a little more in the hard-rock/progressive genre, which they mix in with their “gypsy” vibes very well.
My initial impression when the song started was that it was very interesting, and then the guitar kicks in with some very heavy hard-rock riffs. Instantly after my first listen to the song was over, I pressed replay, and it’s not because I HAD to do that for this review, but because I genuinely WANTED to.
Pinna has some very powerful and resonating vocals, and with them harmonized over each other in the chorus has some very enticing and hypnotic effects mixed in with the melody of the guitar riffs in the song. There is something beyond words resting in her voice, which caused me to hang on the edge to every note in anticipation for the next. I would love to hear different styles of vocalisation her voice could be capable of beyond just hitting the range of notes that she can. It is always nice and refreshing to discover a female fronted band who takes over and also meshes well with the level of testosterone that comes with playing with two other males.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to their new single “The Mirror”, and have already put it on a couple of playlists. It is very comforting to know that this band is on the rise, and will surely dominate the radios and the charts in the very near future.
After listening to Vajra and doing more research on this band, I’m looking forward to the day that they play a show in Toronto. After watching their music video for “The Mirror”, it is very obvious that they put on one hell of a live performance, and I would not want to be anywhere else but there.