“The Chicago-via-Dominican Republic quintet stirs a hardcore brew that hits all the right boxes: fast verses, mean breakdowns, and dissonant guitar riffs. With such incendiary music, La Armada can inspire even the apathetic crowds.”- Remezcla
Chicago by way of the Dominican Republic 5-piece La Armada is releasing its new album “Anti-Colonial Vol. 2,” on Feb 11, 2022 via the band’s own label Mal De Ojo Records in the U.S. and Latin America. The LP will be released via Thousand Islands Records in Canada and Lockjaw Records in Europe and the UK.
The band says, “With this collaboration between the artistic diaspora of the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean, we continue to leave our mark in heavy music. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.”
La Armada’s newest offering, “Anti-Colonial Vol. 2” was born in chaos. The band captured the tribulations of 2020 in three separate stints at Chicago’s Electrical Audio Studios and the result is a ferociously defiant album that looks to push heavy music into new spaces.
The record is an impassioned mix of the hardcore punk they refined during their time in Chicago, and Afro-Taino elements of their Caribbean culture. Songs range from soothing grooves to fast-paced brutal anthems, all made deeply satisfying largely in part to new vocalist Casper Torres warm and rage-filled delivery that will have just about anyone ready to put a fist in the air.
What others have said about La Armada:
La Armada transform adversity into community… With the EP series ‘Songs of the Exiled,’ the Dominican-born hardcore band honor the cities they’ve called home… They also continue to challenge themselves as musicians, increasingly injecting Afro-Caribbean rhythms into their ripping hardcore, punk, and metal.” – Chicago Reader
” In addition to perfecting a vicious live show, the hardworking quintet developed a unique style of progressive punk-inflected metallic hardcore that marries jumpy tempos, while experimenting with building songs around Latin rhythms.” – VICE
” La Armada is one of the most hard hitting bands around. Their constant grinding and work ethic has created profound material that’ll get people thinking about what’s going on in the world. Their frantic energy and song compositions also provide the promise of a good time, for you won’t be able to stop moshing when the music starts.” – Metal Injection
“Combining powerful lyrics and furious musicianship, La Armada have proven themselves an outstanding force of brutality and passion.” – New Noise Magazine
“Watching La Armada work a crowd into a frenzy is almost as inspiring as how hard they work as a band. Going on after they level the room is no easy task.” – Jason Cruz (Strung Out)
” Onstage and offstage, La Armada are equal parts electrifying, versatile, ambitious, indefatigable and amiable. From the perspective of a fan base or a record label, all the qualities you want in a band.” – Chris Hannah (Propagandhi)