LA ARMADA: Self-titled: LP

“Latino Hardcore Fury” is La Armada’s slogan, and it describes them perfectly. Absorbing various elements of hardcore, grindcore, powerviolence, d-beat, and crust, La Armada distills these influences down into a potent elixir of face-melting fury. Blistering dual-guitar shredding, thundering drums, and snarled Spanish-language vocals come together on one of the most intense slabs of vinyl you’ll hear this year. In addition to a screen-printed poster insert with track listings and album credits, a printed lyric sheet is provided with lyrics in the original Spanish and translations in English. I really dig the sharp political lyrics and the pull-no-punches method of their delivery. La Armada’s past recordings were all excellent, but on this LP, they capture the essence of their live experience and achieve a new level of greatness. It’s easily a contender for album of the year and is mandatory listening.

 –Paul J. Comeau (Fat Sandwich, [email protected])