Click each byline to open
"It's time to get to know Vajra."
-Loudwire, Chad Childers
-Rolling Stone Magazine
"Vajra is really something special and have managed come up with a completely new sound of metal. They bring mystical, moody and haunting melodies to the stage that are completely entrancing. Lead singer Annamaria Pinna’s voice and presence was captivating."
-AXS, Kim Allegrezza
"I had heard a lot about Vajra and I knew the song, The Mirror and the subsequent video were making waves in metal circles. Vajra’s lead vocalist is Annamaria Pinna and she is a force to be reckoned with....The track...sounds a bit like Tool with Ann Wilson from Heart singing. The opening guitar riff is strong and while the rhythm section is simple it’s contextually effective. Annamaria Pinna has a strong singing voice and delivers the heartfelt lyrical content well..."
-Huffington Post, Johnny Taylor
"Vajra, grips the boundaries of the metal genre and tears it to pieces, with a vibrant and powerful excitement formally undiscovered. The lead singer Annamaria Pinna is a cross between Grace Slick, Stevie Nicks and Whitney Houston, only more relevant and more dramatic. The group is so mysterious that they don’t need a genre. The band’s sound is mesmerizing, hauntingly melodic, with an Eastern Indian touch of sophistication. The sound is like something out of a metal fantasy, filled with color and sparkle... the NYC based group has raised a buzz that can only end up as a household word."
-Louder Than War, Eileen Shapiro
"Maintaining a solid position within the spotlight while being highlighted on charts across the globe, NYC Metal band, Vajra, are a band that you have seen on the posters of festival lineups and will continue to see over the years to come. Gifting metalheads with a treat for the ears that is bound to cement their impact into the worlds of devoted Metal fans, “The Mirror” is a sign that the band is ready and eager to progress forward with their symphonic metal and dark passion. ...they boldly stride toward becoming an act that is a household name. Harvesting honor through facing the world within, Vajra is band that creates lyrical spillings that both free and influence listeners to bud the backbone to grow and feel the fervor come alive within their bones. It is evident that Vajra is a Metal band on the rise and we highly recommend that you keep your eyes peeled on what’s to come."
-Tattoo.com, Jessica Golich
"Vajra shows some chops with the new song “The Mirror,” a pure rock anthem that proves there is nothing like a haunting melody.”…The music by Annamaria Pinna and her crew is melodic and progressive with a metal undertone, and her performance is also compelling as she uses mystical movemements to convey her songs…Pinna has a voice like an angel….Vajra is a mystical metal that is a truly unique rock style."
-East Coast Rocker, Dottie Paris
"The band has practically trademarked the haunting rock anthem, and command the stage with the presence and confidence of veteran arena rockers, as Pinna evinces by moving and writhing in an enchanting and ethereal dance as compelling as her spiritual lyrical confessions. Whether inspired or stimulated, provoked or unsettled, by the time the band ends their set, you’ll certainly and with no doubt be moved and impressed."
-In Wilmington, Brianna Hansen
"Vajra marries the sound of eastern India with the abrasive, melodic infrastructure of progressive rock.... [Their] live show is like a cathartic punch in the face."
-Creem Magazine, Greg Mania
"Most underrated bands... one to watch and hear"
-AXS, Greg Mania
"Thank you for sending Vajra our way. They were incredible. Absolutely incredible!"
-KEYJ, Frank Pain
"Sinister, sprawling and stately, featuring booming, tribal drums, ominous synths and lucent, spiraling guitars... what further sets them apart is the East Indian mysticism that pervades thanks to Pinna's hypnotic, Classical Hindustani-tinged singing..."
-The Big Takeover Magazine, Mark Suppanz
"A singular entity, a very special experience who deserve to be playing big festivals to thousands."
"...an innovative nexus of melodic prog, world beat and hypnotic eastern vibes, delivered with dramatic panache."
-Progression Magazine, Nick Tate
"There is a definite connection between the members. Watching their live performances, it appears they have developed a bond by way of symbiosis usually associated with veteran acts. They play with cohesion and synergy, reminiscent of TOOL at Lollapalooza. They really are that good."
"...Pleroma has it all: drama, emotion, moving power ballads, captivating lyrics and catchy rocks songs with just enough dark edge and pop hooks to ensnare new fans..."
-Jamsphere Indie Music Magazine, Rick Jamm
"I own a small rock station in Southwest Oklahoma and we play the shit outta "Blind". I LOVE IT. That middle-eastern flavor mixed into rock is friggen' amazing!"
-KHOWL 98.7, Snarl Greywolf
"Ritualistic sounding drumbeats and washes of big emo guitar accompanied by some sexy slinky eastern sounds to boot, bringing about moments of closed eyed transportation to other places... " "... These darkened lullabies, strained fairy tales and beautiful gloomy love songs that may sometimes remind one of TOOL's more "tender" moments have a distinct way of creeping under the skin and sticking in the memory banks."
-All Whats Rock, Nathan Pike
"... progressive rock has rarely sounded so mesmerizing... the divine and the spiritual 'Pleroma' is defined as a 'spiritual dwelling' and fittingly. Vajra's record transports you there and makes you feel as if you never are to return."
-Music-News, Daniel Davidson-Amadi
"Vajra's brand of progressive rock is unique and powerful... .the space rock atmospheres are awesome. This is more or less a combination of Tool, space rock, modern progressive rock and bits of world and tribal sounds... It's a powerful disc that entertains... " "'Inside the Flame'... is a cool ride." "'Blind'... With a rubbery rhythm section, this is a killer tune... a really awesome piece of music."
-Music Street Journal, G.W. Hill
"... 'Pleroma is quite glorious. Its soundscape is a perpetual emotion generating journey of expression, reflection, and investigation. At times it is a shadowed meditation and in others a towering fire of spiritual might which flames with burning passion. It is extraordinary and wholly delicious. The last line of their bio states 'Vajra's music will leave you spellbound.' Hell, Yeah!" "The album simply blew everything imagined away. It is aural majesty, a beautifully crafted and emotively driven piece of wonder... It is aural majesty... " "... Vajra [is] there at the fore with their stunning introduction to the world."
"Vajra's instrumentals do an incredible job of delivering a soundscape that projects Pinna's fascination with eastern music... Essentially, the band's instruments paint the picture as Pinna tells the story." "Everything about this album is fresh and exciting. I live to experience music of this caliber."
-Lithium Magazine, Trystan MacDonald
"'Pleroma' has garnered critical acclaim, extensive college radio airplay, and licensing deals with major US cable television channels. Clearly this record has built a storm of excitement since its release in June. I understand why----because 'Pleroma' has left me spellbound too." "... 'Inside the Flame'... [the incantation epitomizes Vajra's sound with smoldering arrangements, chanted refrains, and layered rhythms. The lyrics hint at the seduction and danger of the enigmatic 'Pray for your existence/Keep your distance/Meet you inside that flame.' It's as though Pinna's inviting you to fully experience 'Pleroma' while warning you of its enchantment." 'Pleroma'is a snakecharmer..."
-Sonic Cathedral, Sara Letourneau
"Vajra wowed us with their emergence back in 2012. They debuted with the album “Pleroma” which was nothing short of excellent. The band comes strapped with an awesome Progressive Rock vibe which could be compared to the likes of Tool while managing to be a beast of their own. This is most definitely a band to keep tabs on for a number of reasons. From their work ethic to their actual delivery, there’s no doubt Vajra is the real deal.".
"I love when new music lights me up....What we are fortunate enough to witness is the creation of music that grounds us and releases us at the same time. This is equal parts sexy and serious, with a heavy dose of appeal and abandon. I both want to plant my feet firmly in the terra of my intrigue and close my eyes to ready myself for a transcendent journey. Come, see what all the fuss is about...."
Click each title to open
Aeschtunes, Leslie Aeschliman
All Access Magazine, Ryan Smith
All Rock Music & All Music Bands: National, & Worldwide
All Whats Rock,, Nathan Pike
ANR Girl, Holly Hutchison
AntiMusic: 2017 Tour Announcement
AntiMusic: "The Mirror" Music Video
Antimusic: "The Mirror" Music Video (Week in Review)
Archiv Hate 2012
Archiv Hate 2014
Arlequins, Michael Merenda
Audio Vein Entertainment
Bearly Rambling, Da Bear
Beowolf Productions, Burt Wolf
Blogcritics, D. Gabrielle Jensen
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Brushvox, Attila Brushvox
BuzzFeed, Axton Ruiz
Caesar Live n Loud, Caesar
Camara Con La Banda
Carpe Diem LA
Catastrophe Ballerina, Kamila Varushka
Chicago Daily Herald
Clown Magazine, Clown Magazine Team
Cool Music Central
Daily News Los Angeles
Denim and Leather Metal, Sam Graham
Denim and Leather Metal Magazine, Sam Graham
Dread Music Review
DPRP (Dutch Progressive Rock Page), Roger Trenwith
Empty Lighthouse Magazine
Examiner, Kyle Jarmon
Feast of Music, Laura Wasson
Follow The Signal, Metafork
Forged With Steel Project
Get Ready to Rock, Pete Whalley
Good Guys Corner, Nicholas Broutin
Gothic Magazine, Freya Kettner
Hard Rock Hub
Hollywood Music Magazine
Hudson Valley One
I'm Music Magazine: Official Music Video for “The Mirror”
I'm Music Magazine: Co-Headlining 2017 US Tour
Indie Band Guru, Ana Cordova
JamSphere, Rick Jamm
JP’s Music Blog, J. Pasinski
Les Immortels, Par Alkayl
Listen Here Reviews
Lithium Magazine, Trystan MacDonald
Lock N Load SHow
Locked In Magazine
Lords of Metal, Wim Strijbosch
Loudwire: "The Mirror" Exclusive Video Premiere
Loudwire: Battle Royale “The Mirror” enters the voting.
Loudwire: Battle Royale "The Mirror" continues at No. 6
Maelstrom Ezine, Avi Shaked
Metal Assault, Andrew Bansal
Metal Nerd: Co-headlining U.S. tour
Metal Nerd: “The Mirror” music video
Metal Underground: Vajra Releases "The Mirror" Music Video
Metal Underground: Vajra Announces U.S. Tour Dates
Modern Mystery Music Blog
Music Mafia, Thomas Lennon
Music News, Daniel Davidson-Amadi
Music Perk, Music Perk Team
Music Street Journal, G.W. Hill
Music Street Journal, G.W. Hill
My Revelations, Stephan Mertens
Nataliez World: Co-Headlining Tour
Nataliez World: "The Mirror"
Nerdy Nothings, Eric Garneau
New Noise Magazine, Rick Ecker
New York Waste, Star Tucker
Noizz Magazine, Noizz
Obscure Sound, Mike Mineo
Penseyeview, Richie Frieman
Pictaram Planet Ill, Liz Beliloskaya
Planet Six String
Play It Loud Productions
Pop Bucket, Jordan Devine
Prog Archives, Windhawk
Progressor Magazine, Olav M Bjornsen& Vitaly Menshikov
Punk News, John Gentile
Pure Grain Audio 1, Chris Gonda
Pure Grain Audio 2, Chris Gonda
Pure Grain Audio 3, Chee Kam
Pure Grain Audio 4, Chee Kam
Pure Grain Audio: Spring 2017 U.S. Co-Headlining Tour
Pure Grain Audio: "The Mirror" New Music Video
Radio Vegas Rocks
Ravenheart Music, Dave
Raz Mataz Magazine, Marina Radovanovic
Razorcake, Jimmy Alvarado
Ringmaster Review Introduces, Interview by Ringmaster
Ringmaster Review Introduces, Review by Ringmaster
Rock On Philly, Keegan Handley
Rock Revolt Magazine
Rock United Reviews, Urban “Wally” Wallstrom
Rock World Magazine, Lisa Waugh
Sara Letourneau's Official Website & Blog, Sara Letourneau
Seattle Music Insider: To the Ends of the Earth Tour
Seattle Music Insider: Ends of the Earth Tour comes to Seattle (Review and Photos)
Sea of Tranquility, Jordan Blum
Shockwave Magazine: Live Show Review
Shockwave Magazine: "The Mirror"
Side Stage Magazine
Skallywag Magazine, Lisa Waugh
Sonic Abuse, Phil Stiles
Sonic Cathedral, Sara Letourneau
Sonicscoop, Janice Brown
Soundcloud Music Reviews
Tania Fuentez Media, Tania Fuentez
The Circle Pit: "Pleroma"
The Circle Pit: "The Mirror"
The Deli Magazine
The Dread Music Review
The Ectophile's Guide To Good Music, Anna Maria Stjärnell
The Funkzone Podcast
The Future FM Blog
The Hutchinson News
The LP Collective
The Music Enthusiast, Jordan Buford
The Music Mag, Craig
The Noise Beneath The Apple, Ryan, Merkel
The Raffo Review
The Real Musician, Lindsay Harper
The Ripple Effect
The Sound Of Fighting Cats, Torodd Fuglesteg
The Stranger: To The Ends Of The Earth 2017 Tour
Through The Sound Barrier
Time Out Portland
TNM Daily, Atom
Todd Star Photography
Top 40 Charts
Two Guys Metal Reviews, Matt Baggins
Uncivil Revolt: Official Music Video for “The Mirror”
Uncivil Revolt: Co-Headlining, To The Ends of the Earth 2017 US Tour
Under The Gun, Brian Lion
We Do It For The Love Of Music
Wings of Death
Wormwood Chronicles, Dark Starr