Altamadum (Rock) - Thunder Bay, Canada
Altamadum was born in Thunder Bay, ON in the fall of 2007. Lead guitarist Cam Thomas & drummer Brendan Byers approached classmate James Cole, with the hopes of him filling in on bass guitar. The trio carried on under the name 'Annex', writing mostly instrumental pieces for the next few months. Cole suggested that Joey Parker come-on to sing for the group. On the condition he be able to play rhythm guitar, Parker accepted. It was at this time that the band decided to drop the name 'Annex' & adopt 'Altamadum' as the new title. The group’s first show took place at Westgate High-school for a Christmas Concert in 2007. Two months later, Altamadum would win a preliminary round in a band competition at Scuttlebutts Bar in just their second show ever. The four carried on for the next two years playing mostly covers of classic & new rock, mostly in local bars & at parties.
In the fall of 2009, Parker expressed an interest in someone else taking over singing duties for the band. A few close friends were suggested, Cole would then meet Sam Mucha & the two began discussing music at work. Cole received a demo of Mucha singing & was impressed by the singer’s diversity & range. Cole presented the demo to the band & they agreed to have Mucha come tryout. Altamadum received an offer to play a St. Patty’s Day show in 2010 & this would become the first appearance with Mucha. The five carried on for most of the summer with Cole/Mucha taking over the lyrical process in writing multiple original songs, while performing occasional shows. In the fall of 2010 the band entered into the local “Last Band Standing” competition. The band won its genre, reaching the finals & ultimately finishing second overall, losing out by two votes.
Following the success of the band in “Last Band Standing” the band received interest from Cole’s uncle, Russ Elder on doing recordings for the group. The band continued writing & performing, highlighted by winning Last Band Standing in 2011. This was followed immediately with the band moving into Elder’s Thunder Sound Studio to begin production on their debut album “We Are…”. The band reduced the amount of shows they had been playing in 2012 to put all focus into the development of the C.D.
In early 2013 Richard Lawrence was hired to join the team as online development as well as a role in promotions & video productions. The band would release their debut CD "We Are..." on July 20th, 2013. Shortly after, Joey Parker was regretfully forced to leave the band. The group wishes nothing but success for him in all future endeavors. Shortly after the bands CD Release Show, featuring the local rep. for the AFM (American/Canadian Federation of Musicians) in attendance, Altamadum was offered a position within the union.
More shows coming soon.
"Anybody Out There?" EP Review
This new four track EP from Altamadum is a follow up to their "Levels" album and it shows a ton of growth in their sound. Let's dive right in and see what they're all about. "Anybody Out There?" starts off the EP with a tremendous Hard Rock type track. The riffs and melody will easily draw in Rock fans in droves with its infectious chorus and high accessibility. "Save Me" is a ballad that'll pull at the heartstrings of the listener. It's a slow passionate track that's easy to sing along to and get lost in. "Drugged Inside" is the radio edit version and it has radio Rock appeal written all over it. The track is a tour de force of sound that drives home the fact that their signature sound is nothing to scoff it. It's a stand out track for sure. "Tasting All The Pain" is the newest track from the band and it closes out the EP. The track shines bright as it gives a glimpse of the direction the band might be going in. It has an almost Folk vibe with a certain twang of Southern Rock. It's a different sound for the band and it's a thrilling conclusion to a very exciting short and sweet EP.
This new EP from Altamadum takes steps in the right direction that'll propel them to the next level in the Rock world.
"Levels" Album Review:
Thunder Bay, Canada hard rock act Altamadum is in the midst of making new music. We're going to revisit their most recent album "Levels" and see what this rockin' band is all about. "An Inexhaustable Voice" is an introduction track that opens with morse code audio which leads into an audio sample of William Faulkner's Noble Prize speech. The song picks up a marching pace alongside the sample as it finishes up. "Fallen Angels (Go Boom)" features some really good instrumentation. It's hard rock through and through as it has that crunch and swagger that will cater to fans of the genre. It's a fantastic opener that sets the bar high for the rest of the album. "Into The Void" is a hand banging good time of a track. The bouncy instrumentation will surely get that head bopping. The chorus is outstanding as it picks up the pace of the track of the track significantly. "Frozen In Stone" is a slow build track. It sounds like a 70's rock throwback track and it's something that really builds diversity on the album. Any fan of rock music should appreciate the track. "Noble Tragedy" picks things back up with that hard rock sound that was heard earlier on the previous tracks. It's an upbeat track that draws comparisons to Buckcherry. "A Curse Called Hope" would be great with a music video. This track has single written all over it. The catchy rock heard on the track is really amazing considering it's more than halfway through the album and the quality is still this high. "Not Alone Tonight" showcases the abilities of the band on a slower scale. The track is a ballad and it really stand out on the album. "Unsung Hero" opens with an audio clip of Pierre Trudeau and then transitions into a track that is as fast paced and similar to the earlier track "Fallen Angels (Go Boom)". "Lost In Space" is another hit in the making. The track is extremely catchy and should be on every rock fans' playlist. "Immortal" is an epic track. The track is over 11 minutes long and has just a crazy amount of qualities. The live show aspects of the track would make it a perfect closer for a show. It's tough to follow up the previous track but "Levels" closes out the album. The track wraps things up nicely with a slower, solid rock sound.
Altamadum has a really good full length album here. New music is on the horizon and we can't wait to hear it. The rock music scene is to be on high alert as Altamadum has just entered your radar.