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Adema

From: Bakersfield, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Adema not only lived up to the deafening advance buzz surrounding their 2001 self-titled debut, they surpassed every expectation. The first single, the Top 15 Modern Rock track "Giving In," was followed by the radio hit "The Way You Like It," helping to quickly push Adema to an impressive near Platinum sales status. The quintet's instantaneous fan base was cemented by an almost unheard-of coup - landing on the main stage of the 2001-2 Ozzfest on their first CD. More top-grossing tours kept Adema on the road for well over a year: the Music as a Weapon tour (with Drowning Pool and Disturbed), the SnoCore Rock Tour and Linkin Park's Projekt Revolution tour earned Adema fanatical fans. Not a bad start for a bunch of hyper and hungry young musicians from Bakersfield. In fact, a review in London's prestigious NME raved: "Adema's visceral, artfully succinct rock punch comes brilliantly wrapped in killer whistleable tunes." "Moody, hard and melodic," judged Rolling Stone, "a creative palette of soaring solos, singing lines and textures." The rabid fans - the only "reviewers" who truly count to Adema - have proclaimed the quintet nothing short of awesome.

The full-length follow-up to Adema's self-titled Arista debut, "Unstable," was recorded at Los Angeles' Bay 7 studios in early 2003 with producer Howard Benson (P.O.D., Hoobastank). "Unstable" is full of singer Marky Chavez' personal, often pained lyrics and the band's aggro rock intensity. "We'd all become better players from all our touring," bassist Dave DeRoo explains, "and we wanted to use that in the writing." Songs run the gamut from the suitably edgy "Unstable" to the full-on onslaught of the mosh-worthy "Needles" to the beautiful and timeless "Promises." "Unstable," the CD's first single, "is like the musical bridge between the last album and this one," explains Chavez. In "Unstable," the singer bares his soul with chilling vocals complementing the gut-wrenching words: "You bring me down like a bottle of pills / I hate the way that you make me feel / I keep coming back, I never get killed." While Chavez is unafraid to dig deep for both his soulful vocals and highly personal subject matter, some lyrics reflect the feelings and lives of others, including his bandmates. "As the mouthpiece, I try to write what the band feels and get feedback," Chavez explains.

Providing musical balance on "Unstable" are some unexpectedly poignant tunes. There is the beautiful, lilting melodicism of "So Fortunate," with its touches of strings (written about Chavez' infant son) to "Let Go," a song where Chavez flipped his perceptions. "I stopped thinking about what people weren't good at and looked at them as them, appreciating them as a person, and letting go of my bullshit and things that made me mad."

Adema's potent live show helped earn them millions of rabid rock fans. In fact, the seven-song remix and cover EP "Insomniac's Dream" EP, released in October 2002, was a "gift to fans" to keep Adema-maniacs happy. In addition to "Immortal" (recorded for the Mortal Kombat®: Deadly AllianceTM video game), the 7-song EP included two other previously unreleased tracks: "Shattered" and a mesmerizing cover of Alice In Chains' "Nutshell." Alternate versions of four songs from the debut album included the Chris Vrenna [Nine Inch Nails] remix of "Freaking Out"; the Sam Seaver [Beastie Boys] remix of "The Way You Like It"; a live version of "Do What You Want To Do," and the radio single version of "Giving In."

While Adema are clearly a mix of influences, unafraid to experiment, at the band's core, there's an inherent, instinctual combination of pure joy and fury: "We go on stage and rock!" states hard-hitting drummer Kris Kohls of Adema's live M.O. "We don't go onstage and nu metal,'" he laughs. "We're sick of that phrase. ROCK - it's such a broad word that it doesn't categorize you. From STP to Metallica to Weezer to the Cure, rock encompasses it all." "Unstable," like Adema's power-packed and emotional live gigs, does ROCK, even the CD's mellower tunes possess a visceral force and passion. "There are essentially no drum loops or keyboards on our new record," explains guitarist Tim Fluckey, adding, "Hey, live, we're not 'sequencers'; we're a balls-out rock band!" And new songs like the metallic monster of a tune that is "Needles" proves the guitar guru right. Adema's other guitarist, Ransom, couldn't be happier with how "Unstable" turned out. "Unstable makes me like our first record even better. It's like how every new U2 album makes me listen to their other stuff all over again."

Chavez kicked ass working on "Unstable," and is also justifiably proud of the CD. "I took a lot of initiative; three times a week I was in vocal training, because I believe that as a singer, you always need to top yourself." While his youth and street-wise vibe come across on stage, Chavez also notes that he wouldn't mind if Adema were like Led Zeppelin. "Not musically," he quickly clarifies. "But their elasticity of musical styles and the meaning behind the lyrics. U2 and Bono have really influenced me lately; I admire his vocal range. And also, Nirvana. I can't tell you how much I listened to the beautiful simplicity of Kurt's writing and was inspired," Chavez says. "This record, inside and out, is us," Chavez affirms. "We're not afraid to experiment, take the next step, but we're not capitalizing on any sound du jour," he states. "Everything about this band is personal. And the fans appreciate that we're not smoke and mirrors," he concludes. "When I look back on my life I need to know I was honest with music and myself and the band."

Latest Adema News

Below is our complete Adema news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Adema Announces U.S Tour Dates

American hard rock band Adema have announced dates for their upcoming tour of the United States. Support on the tour will come from Tantric and Burn Halo. The tour kicks off on July 28th, 2010 in Denver, Colorado and ends on September 18th in Rockford, Illinois.

The tour dates include:
July 28 – Denver, CO - Grizzly Rose
July 29 – Grand Junction, CO - Mesa Theater
July 30 – Vernal, UT - Western Park
July 31 – Salt Lake City, UT - Club Vegas
August 3 – Sparks, NV - The New Oasis
August 5 – Santa Rosa, CA - Chrome Lotus
August 7 – Las Vegas, NV - The Hard Rock Café on the strip
August 8 – Tempe, AZ - Club Red
August 9 – Tucson, AZ - Club DV8
August 11 – Abilene, TX - Midnight Rodeo III
August 12 – Harker Heights, TX - The Music Vault
August 13 – San Antonio, TX - Scoutbar
August 14 – Houston, TX - The Scoutbar
August 15 – Dallas, TX - Trees
August 18 – Jonesboro, AK - The Brickhouse Grill
August 19 – Little Rock, AK - The Village
August 20 – Charenton, LA - Rox Nightclub @ Cypress Bayou Casino
August 21 – Panama City Beach, FL - Club La Vela
August 22 – Jacksonville, FL - Brewsters Pit Live
August 25 – Philadelphia, PA - Polaris
August 27 – Watertown, NY - The Exhibition Hall
August 28 – Rochester, NY - The Montage Music Hall
August 29 – Cheswick, PA - Ches-arena Entertainment Complex
August 31 – Baltimore, MD - Bourbon Street Quarter
September 1 – Eden, NC - Modelo Bay
September 2 – Charlotte, NC - Amos’ Southend
September 3 – Jacksonville, NC - The Party Zone (without Burn Halo)
September 4 – Fayetteville, NC - Jester’s Pub (without Burn Halo)
September 5 – Wilmington, NC - The Soapbox Laundro Lounge (without Burn Halo)
September 9 – Bay City, MI - Prime Event Center
September 10 – Warren, MI - The Ritz
September 11 – Glendale Heights, IL - Shark City
September 14 – Waterloo, IA - Spicoli’s Grill And The Rever
September 15 – Maplewood, MN - The Rock Night Club
September 16 – Madison, WI - The Annex
September 18 – Rockford, IL - Kryptonite Bar

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Gama Bomb Declares War On "Inferior Metal"

Irish thrashers Gama Bomb has come up with a unique idea for their upcoming "Thrashing Like A Maniac" tour with Bonded By Blood and Sworn Amongst.

Singer Philly Byrne explains: "The right to listen to neck-snapping turbo-charged metal is under threat. Gloomy, posey, idiotic metal stands between us and true enjoyment of thrash. We're all guilty of having bought some rubbish, not-quite-up-to-the-mark "metal" records at some point in our lives, but it’s time to root out those embarrassing t-shirts and albums and posters – because GAMA BOMB are offering YOU a chance to wipe the slate clean."

Starting at their first show on September 12th in Germany and running through each and every stop of the 10,000-mile, eleven-country tour, GAMA BOMB invite and encourage you to bring along the worst of your music collection – the embarrassing, the awkward and the downright rubbish CDs, records and merchandise hidden amongst your better purchases – and to collect them together so both you and GAMA BOMB can do what should have been done long ago – ritually shred, stamp and smash the living hell out of them! More...

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Adema Go On Hiatus

Bassist Dave DeRoo of the Bakersfield, California-based rock band ADEMA issue the following udapte:

"It's been a little while since we've posted an update, and I want to apologize to all our fans in the ADEMA militia that have been patiently awaiting an update from us."

"We love you, and we appreciate all the friends we've made over the course of the last several months touring in support of our latest, 'Kill The Headlights' — and the continued support we receive from our familia over the last 8 years that we've been a band."

"We're starting fresh, and getting a whole new team over here in ADEMA-land! The band is cool; we just need a new crew (a new 'supporting cast,' if you will). We recently parted ways with our longtime manager, as well as our accountants/business management shortly before the end of last year." More...

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Onesidezero Forced To Cancel European Tour

Onesidezero’s upcoming European tour, alongside Adema and Re:Ignition, has been cancelled due to personal reasons within the Adema camp. The band has released the following statement:

"Things like this happen and it sucks! Of course we're all bummed out, but Tiefdruck Musik, our German label, our manager, and Onesidezero have worked really hard to make this happen," commented drummer Rob Basile. "We're not looking at this as a complete cancellation, but an opportunity for all bands to regroup and reconvene at a later date. We're still hyped to get there!"

"While Adema, Onesidezero, and Re:Ignition will not be fulfilling the February and March '08 dates scheduled in Europe, we have intentions to revisit these tour plans sometime in the near future," added Onesidezero manager Shawna Morey. "Tiefdruck-Musik, Onesidezero's European label, has been very supportive of all artists involved, and we're looking forward to a long lasting relationship and all overseas touring opportunities to come."

Onesidezero is currently supporting their recently released Ulrich Wild (Static-X, Stabbing Westward, Taproot) produced sophomore album, which was released th rough Corporate Punishment Records. The album is the long awaited follow-up to the band’s critically acclaimed 2001 debut “Is This Room Getting Smaller”, which saw the group tour with the likes of Incubus, 311, Static-X, and Soulfly.

Here are the latest ONESIDEZERO tour dates:

Jan 26 Mesa, AZ @ Cell Block
Feb 01 Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
Feb 02 Denver, CO @ Independent Records *** Acoustic In-store performance
Feb 16 Las Vegas, NV @ Zia Record *** Acoustic In-store performance
Feb 16 Las Vegas, NV @ The Cheyenne Saloon
Feb 17 Redondo Beach, CA @ Venezia Grill

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Onesidezero Announces Headlining Dates, Euro Tour

Los Angeles based Onesidezero has added more tour dates in support of their recently released self-titled sophomore album. The group will play a series of West Coast dates to round out the year, including a spot on
104.7 The Edge's "Not So Silent Night" show with Atreyu, Five Finger Death Punch and Fair To Midland.

Onesidezero will kick off 2008 with a European tour alongside Adema and Re:Ignition which is scheduled to begin February 27, 2008 in Hamburg, Germany. More cities and dates will be announced soon.

"I think I can speak for all of us in saying FINALLY! We love touring! We've seen most of the United States and Canada several times and it's been awesome. That being said, we're ready for Europe," says Onesidezero drummer Rob Basile. "Europe has produced so much amazing music and art, and I can't wait to experience that first hand. Personally I love history, and good beer, so I can't think of a better place to go. It's also going to be a pleasure hitting the road again with Adema, as we've toured with them on two separate occasions in the past, and Adema's live sh ow is amazing and they're great guys."

"We are really excited to finally be getting our ass's overseas and are grateful to Tiefdruck-Musik for giving us this opportunity," adds frontman Jasan Radford. "2008 is starting to look like a great year for Onesidezero and thank you all for the support!" More...

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As I Lay Dying Debut At No. 8; Sixx:A.M. At No. 63

As I Lay Dying's new album 'An Ocean Between Us' has debuted at No. 8 on this weeks Billboard Top 200 chart with 39,000 copies sold. Sixx:A.M.'s debut 'The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack' debuted at No. 63 selling 11,000 copies while Adema moved 2,000 copies of 'Kill the Headlights'

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Former Adema Frontman Working On Solo Effort

Former ADEMA frontman Marky Chavez is currently working on a solo album, tentatively due early next year via Thru The Roof Records. According to a posting on his MySpace page, the lineup for the project consists of the following musicians:

Marky Chavez - Vocals, Guitar, Bass
Joe Davis - Guitar, Drums
Adam Stahl - Guitar

Chavez — who is the half-brother of KORN's Jonathan Davis — left ADEMA in 2004 while the band was working on material for its third album. He was reportedly in talks about returning to the group after the departure of his replacement, Luke Caraccioli, but those plans have since been abandoned.

ADEMA's new album, "Kill the Headlights", was released on August 21 via Immortal Records. The CD was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Marshall Altman (MARC BROUSSARD, ZEBRAHEAD). Mastering duties were handled by Eddie Schreyer at Oasis Mastering in Burbank.

ADEMA last year announced the addition of vocalist Bobby Reeves of the Los Angeles-based band LEVEL to the group's ranks.

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Adema Post New Single Online

ADEMA's new single, "Cold and Jaded", has been posted on the group's MySpace page. The song comes off the Southern California-based band's new album, "Kill the Headlights" due on August 21 via Immortal Records. The CD was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Marshall Altman (MARC BROUSSARD, ZEBRAHEAD). Mastering duties were handled by Eddie Schreyer at Oasis Mastering in Burbank. Check out the cover artwork at this location.

ADEMA was recently picked up by Union Entertainment Group, which also manages such well-known bands as NICKELBACK, DEFAULT and CANDLEBOX. More...

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Adema Has New Album Pushed Back

ADEMA's new album, "Kill the Headlights" (Immortal Records), has had its release date pushed back to August 21 from the previously announced July 24. The album's first single, "Cold and Jaded", is scheduled to go for radio adds after July 4. The CD was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Marshall Altman (MARC BROUSSARD, ZEBRAHEAD). Mastering duties were handled by Eddie Schreyer at Oasis Mastering in Burbank. Check out the cover artwork at this location.

ADEMA was recently picked up by Union Entertainment Group, which also manages such well-known bands as NICKELBACK, DEFAULT and CANDLEBOX.

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Video Interview With Adema's Bassist Online

Possum of Altitude TV recently conducted a video interview with ADEMA bassist Dave DeRoo at the Key Club in Los Angeles. DeRoo dishes on the band's new singer, Bobby Reeves ("I wish I would've met him 10 years ago; it would've made my life a lot easier," says DeRoo), the group's new record, their past mistakes, and how they've survived the business. Watch the four-minute clip at YouTube.

ADEMA will release its new album, "Kill the Headlights", on July 24 through Immortal Records. The CD was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Marshall Altman (MARC BROUSSARD, ZEBRAHEAD). Mastering duties were handled by Eddie Schreyer at Oasis Mastering in Burbank. More...

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New Everyday Enemy Tracks Posted Online

Geza X, producer of records for a number of early and influential LA punk bands including the Dead Kennedys, The Germs, Black Flag, The Avengers and Merideth Brooks’ hit single “Bitch” has just finished work at his Malibu, Ca. recording studio with new SoCal hardcore upstarts Everyday Enemy. Three songs from the recordings have been posted on the band's MySpace page.

Everyday Enemy is a band that has taken life in 2007 combining members of several bands from Bakersfield, California’s substantial underground music scene. After playing shows to several packed houses in southern California , Risky Management and Geza X got together for what Geza X terms is his “passion project”. “The hope in this day and age is to find unique sounding bands and provide them with a springboard so fans of heavy music with style can get the opportunity to here it,” said Glenn Alderson, founder of Riskymanagement Inc.

After touring and recording for the first half of 2007 Everyday Enemy will kick off a slate of shows at the Viper room in Hollywood, California on June 20th with longtime friends Adema.

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Adema Announce Album Title, Release Date

Adema have announced the title of their upcoming new studio album to be 'Kill The Headlights'. They gave an update that the album should already be mastered by now and the first copy will be in the band's hands as of last week. They are in the process of booking a slew of summer tour dates and will announce them shortly. They expect some international dates such as Europe and Japan to be included on these dates as well. The album will be in stores on July 24th.

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Adema To Release 'Kill The Headlights' In July

Southern California's ADEMA has set "Kill the Headlights" as the title of its new album, due on July 24 through Immortal Records. The CD was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Marshall Altman (MARC BROUSSARD, ZEBRAHEAD). Mastering duties were handled by Eddie Schreyer at Oasis Mastering in Burbank.

ADEMA last year announced the addition of vocalist Bobby Reeves of the Los Angeles-based band LEVEL to the group's ranks. Reeves joined ADEMA as the replacement for Luke Caraccioli, who left the band in October 2005 — only six months after the release of their first album ("Planets") without the contributions of singer Marky Chavez (half-brother of KORN's Jonathan Davis).

ADEMA 2007 is:

Bobby Reeves - Vocals
Tim Fluckey - Guitars
Ed Faris - Guitars
Dave DeRoo - Bass
Kris Kohls - Drums

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New Adema US Tour Dates

Adema have announced the following US tour dates:

April 28th in Los Angles, CA @ Los Angles Memorial Coliseum
May 11th in Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones
May 12th in Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
May 17th in Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
June 12th in Santa Rosa, CA @ Last Day Saloon
June 13th in Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
June 14th in Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
June 15th in Tacoma, WA @ The Cedarwood
June 16th in Cour D'Alene, ID @ The Grail
June 18th in Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vega
June 20th in Hollywood, CA @ The Viper Room
June 21st in San Diego, CA @ Cane's

The band is expected to release their new album in June.

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Adema Post Demo Songs From New Album

Adema have experienced some changes since their latest album, "Planets". Luke Caraccioli first replaced original vocalist, Marky Chavez, but resigned his position only six months after the album was released. Bobby Reeves (Level) has now stepped in as the new singer. Also hailing from Level is guitarist Ed Faris, who joined Adema early this month, after leaving his former band.

The regrouped Adema have been working on some new material for an album tentatively due sometime next year. Demos of the songs "Human Nature", "Out Alive" and "Los Angeles" have been added to the player on their MySpace page, here. As previously reported, a demo for the song "Somethin' Better" was posted to the band's Purevolume page.

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Adema Add Level Guitarist, Stream New Track

Adema have announced the addition of former LEVEL guitarist Ed Faris to their line-up. Earlier this year the band announced the addition of vocalist Bobby Reeves, who also was a member of the band LEVEL.

In other news, Adema have added a demo version of a new track entitled "Somethin' Better" to their PureVolume.com page.

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Adema Announce New Vocalist

Vocalist Bobby Reeves of the Los Angeles-based band LEVEL has been named the new singer of ADEMA.

"Bobby's definitely got his own voice," ADEMA bassist Dave DeRoo writes in a posting on the United Sites of Adema forum. "He's super-talented; a well-rounded musician who writes great lyrics, and can jam the drums, guitar, bass, as well as produce (in other words, just like the three of us...lol!). He's a great guy, too. I can tell you one thing: Bobby's got the atiitude, the voice, and the vocal range to bust out anything from our catalogue, and we've never sounded better. You'll hear it soon enough, I promise!"

DeRoo adds in a separate online posting, "We just got back from a 10-day run up in Alaska. The shows were killer; we had a blast, and we're currently booking shows as we speak! We're going out for a couple of months before we go back in the studio..."

Reeves joins ADEMA as the replacement for Luke Caraccioli, who left the band in October 2005 — only six months after the release of their first album ("Planets") without the contributions of singer Marky Chavez (half-brother of KORN's Jonathan Davis).

To hear samples of Bobby Reeves' recordings with LEVEL, visit levelcd.com.

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Adema Frontman Leaves the Band

ADEMA have confronted their second singer, following Marky Chavez, now leaving the band. Former Marine Luke Caraccioli has announced his departure from the Earache Records group. His satement is below:

"I know that there are a lot of rumors floating around the internet, and I want to make sure that you guys the dedicated fans here the truth straight from me."

"I want to first and formost dispell any rumors that I hate Kris or ANY member in Adema, I do not nor will I ever hate them, and the person that is spreading that kind of garbage is an attention hungry person that likes to spread around drama."

"Now, It is with an extremely heavy heart that I say that just a few hours ago I made the decision to leave Adema."

"This decision is going to be a shock to you all I am sure, and I am deeply sorry that I could not stay in the band. I do not wish to get into the details or reasoning for this decision other than to say that it is for my own personal reasons and a decision that I HAD to make at this point in my life."

"I hope that you all will stay on board with the guys from Adema, they are mega talented musicians, and I am sure that they will have something going on in the near future."

"I have greatly enjoyed getting to know all of you, and talking to you guys on line, you are all the greatest fans in the world and without you it would have meant nothing to be in a band at all. You guys have been VERY accepting and caring towards me and for that I am forever thankful as well, I look forward to continuing to talk to you anytime you want."

"I am not sure of what my future holds, but I have been jamming with the guys from my old band Rewind Yesterday in my off time from touring with Adema, AGAIN this has NOTHING to do with me leaving, it was until now a side project with my close friends. IF you wish to keep up with what is going on with me, I invite you all to check out the following link.

Sincerely,
Luke Caraccioli:

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Watch Adema's 'Planets' Video Online

Adema are out with the video to their new single 'Planets', from the soundtrack for 'Cry Wolf', due Tuesday (September 13). You can watch it online at Lakeshore-Records.com.

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Adema Finish Second Video For Cry Wolf Movie

ADEMA have finished work on the second video off their Earache debut, "Planets". The California rockers filmed the clip for "Planets (Cry Wolf)" with director Rob Schroeder, who has previously worked with THE POSTAL SERVICE and BREAKING BENJAMIN, among others. The soundtrack for the film "Cry Wolf", featuring ADEMA's song "Planets (Cry Wolf)", is scheduled for release on September 13. "Cry Wolf" is the new thriller produced by Focus Features, the production company responsible for "Shaun of the Dead", along with many others. "Planets (Cry Wolf)" has been chosen as the first single off the soundtrack and the video will begin airing shortly. The clip, which can be viewed at this location, incorporates footage of ADEMA as well as shots from the film.

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