Since rock group Adema has experienced a lineup change by replacing singer Mark Chavez with Luke Caraciolli, the band is obviously going to sound a bit different.

Since rock group Adema has experienced a lineup change by replacing singer Mark Chavez with Luke Caraciolli, the band is obviously going to sound a bit different. But what you hear on its third album, "Planets," is a credible developing act skidding off the course of its career—hard. This has little to do with Caraciolli being the new kid on the block; it is because Adema self-produced "Planets," a challenge that's too big for a band that seems to be suffering a major identity crisis. Is it a modern rock group seeking pop acceptance (with the Weezer-like "Lift Us Up" and "Tornado")? Or an outfit with heavier metal tendencies (demonstrated in "Shoot the Arrows," a direction Adema should have kept following)? Inexplicably, the sound quality is also muffled. The energy tends to sag ("Barricades in Time," "Enter the Cage"), and attempts at social consciousness like "Chel" and "Better Living Through Chemistry" merely feel like posturing. "Bad Triangle" would have had a chance if it didn't have an inane rap that name-checks the band, but the final nail in the coffin is a cover of Metallica's "The Thing That Should Not Be" that should not have been attempted.—CLT