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Green Day is one of the most outstanding bands to have ever risen in the music scene. They are the one of a few bands who have stayed true to their roots since their inception early in the 90’s filled with Grunge and the leftovers from 80’s hair bands. They have stayed true to their style and haven’t let market influence and the rapid changing of the music industry effect their outlook.

International Superhits is a greatest hits album that features 19 of the bands major-label songs from their four album releases, and two new songs (“Maria,” and “Poprocks & Coke”).

The CD is laid in in chronological order starting with the bands breakthrough disc Dookie moving into the easily forgettable Insomniac then branching to the catchy Nimrod and finally settling down on the band’s latest, and greatest effort, Warning.

Looking over the track listing you still see at least six, if not more, songs that you can still hear on the radio today. It just goes to further intensify that Green Day has the staying power to be around long after the they are gone (but let’s hope that never happens).

Not to be outdone, Green Day also included two new tracks on this “greatest hits” album. The disc’s new single, “Maria” is a catch tune that shows that the band hasn’t lost their touch. The second new track “Poprocks & Coke,” while isn’t as catchy as “Maria,” is certainly well deserving on this CD.

Green Day is one of the greatest bands to hit the mainstay in a long time, and we can only hope that they will continue to produce the same high caliber music we got on their last four CDs. Sure any hardcore fan is going to have all of the CD’s that these songs came from, but same yourself some space in your CD player and pick up International Superhits, and have all of those great songs right at your fingertips.

Does this sound a bit like Korn? Yes, it does, but for good reason. Lead singer Marky Chavez is Jonathan Davis’ half-brother, but that is where the similarities end between the siblings, as Adema’s first effort throws on a more indifferent mix than one who has been listening to Korn is used to.

Adema’s biggest triumph is they are different than some of the new bands emerging today. They have something about them that sets them apart from acts of similar caliber and composure.
Adema doesn’t stray from a new, and disturbing in it’s own right, trend of new-metal bands attempting to perform “monster” ballads of their own. Staind did it, Puddle of Mudd (influenced by Fred Durst) did it with their song “Blurry,” and now Adema does it with songs like “Speculum.”

While the ballads are a nice diversion (mainly because they don’t lose the intensity that Adema brings forth), the real life of the band falls in a few select tracks. The first single “Giving In” speaks of addiction and one man’s quest to ruin it all and alienate the family that only wants to help him. My personal favorite track, “The Way You Like It,” is a very powerful track as well as being a very catchy track.

While some believe this is nothing more than a rehash of Korn, one listen and you will see why it is decisively different than anything you have heard. Adema’s debut may have been lost among the debut of many other bands of the same genre, but none of them have the boasting rights of revitalizing a genre with a breath of fresh air, and a clean right hook to the gut.

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