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La Armada

La Armada: La Armada [12-inch]La Armada [12-inch] (2012)
Fat Sandwich Records

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Recalling bands like Agnostic Front and (early) Refused, only Hispanic, La Armada deals in anger. Angry riffs. Angry lyrics. They're just angry about everything, and they will scream in Spanish about how much they hate things like organic produce ("Esclavitud OrĂ¡nica") and capitalism (every song here) right in your face. While it can grow wearying at times, La Armada is just pissed off enough to work.

The lyrics sheet provides English translation, although not everything the band says comes off the same ("In this man-vomiting society / The most severe scarcity is the / Inveitable counterpart of being devoured by the machine," "Accomplice"). Still, the members get their anger across pretty easy with the vocals. This is not happy people music. Besides, La Armada's hardcore riffs are plentiful, and that's the real hook. You don't have to speak Spanish or hate society to dig on these tunes; just lay into the fat grooves and have a good time.

That being said, La Armada suffers from repetition just like most hardcore bands, and the language barrier doesn't help with that problem. You could lead with either side of this record and have the same experience, because the record doesn't flow so much as pummel nonstop. There's also something comical about how intensely antisocial the lyrics get. Song after song, La Armada go after capitalistic tenets without any subtly or humor, which just makes them sound more ridiculous. Propagandhi takes aim at a lot of institutions, but at least they slip some jokes in to temper the cynicism.

 

 
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SilentStorms (August 2, 2012)

I thought this read Kodan Armada and I almost shit myself. I puked instead.

zanacarrot (August 2, 2012)

The song Esclavitud Organica is about the hypocrisy of the Green Movement, how it has become fashionable and lucrative to market products as being "green", whilst their mass-cultivation is no less destructive to the environment and no less exploitative of the disenfranchised people who harvest them for a pittance. So yeah a little more nuanced than just "we hate organic produce."

wallofyouth (August 2, 2012)

what's wrong with organic produce maaaan

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