Adelit@s - Llama Viva de la Rabia (Cover Artwork)
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Llama Viva de la Rabia (2012)

Aborted Society Records

Anarchopunk with mostly Spanish (from a female vocalist) vocals with a Mexican folk music influence might not sound like the most obvious approach for a band to take, but Adelit@s, hailing from Portland, Oregon, bring all this to the table and make it into a highly effective musical conglomeration. These aspects are to be found on Llama Viva de la Rabia (Flame of Rage), the band's third album, which is aided by a big, thick-sounding production that adds to the power and resultant impact of the songs whilst retaining the clarity of each instrument in the mix.

Although it is a powerful sound, it's not of the more extreme ilk as some anarcho/crust/d-beat bands are prone to rely on and, in fact, there is a lot of melody included across the nine tracks. Additionally, there is one big tangent provided by the track "Voces," basically a serene-like passage of music which, on one hand seems at odds with everything else on the record but doesn't actually come across as sticking out like a sore thumb, such is the ability of the band to create an inclusive (musical) environment. "La Salida" is a prime example of the distinctly South American influence on Adelit@s' work, with both the music and vocals on the first half of the song giving rise to a Latin feel, until it turns into a more raging track. The one thing I would add is that the opening few bars remind me of Crazy Arm's "Charnel House Blues," a country/folk song and I'd also imagine that in terms of all round politics and beliefs, both bands would be kindred spirits.

The one song ("Gritos en la Oscuridad" / "Cries in the Dark") that I've found an English translation for provides some basic but nevertheless worthwhile content including the following:
Inspiring us to return
calling us to defend
our lives
with our entire being

These lyrics are not only relevant to many in today's world, but I would imagine that there is a strong link to the past in the history of the South American people. This is another example of the South American roots of this band and one which is enlightening and heartening as well as being one which transcends borders and time.

Although Llama Viva de la Rabia does not as overtly reflect the Latin influences in the way that the preceding two albums did, there is no doubt that it highlights a band firing on all cylinders and although some might consider anarchopunk a narrow musical field, this shows that it is anything but. There is more than enough here to ensure that anyone who likes punk in general should be able to find a couple of songs they enjoy. The fortunate thing is that in addition to physical versions being available, the album can also be downloaded for ‘Buy Now – Name Your Price' on Bandcamp.. This is highly recommended.

Educational End Note: "Adelita" or "La Adelita," is a song from the Mexican Revolution in the early years of the twentieth century. Adelita was a woman soldier, who not only cooked and cared for the wounded but also actually fought in battles. In time the word adelita was used for all the female soldiers, who became a vital force in the war effort.