Sound — 5
It took a few years for Adelitas Way to find their way up the ladder, however the alternative rock group have since earned a formidable reputation. After first finding their way onto the Las Vegas rock scene back in 2006, the members of Adelitas Way found immediate success with the release of their debut single "Invincible," which would later become the theme song for WWE Allstars and received extensive airplay on MTV and CSI Miami. This would be the first of numerous active rock staples for Adelitas Way, which would appear on the subsequent albums "Home School Valedictorian" from 2011 and the third studio effort "Stuck" from 2014. The success of songs such as "Sick," "Dog on a Leash" and "The Collapse" allowed Adelitas Way to leave their mark on the airwaves while earning supporting runs for Guns N' Roses, Godsmack, Deftones and Alter Bridge, among others. Perhaps it was these same commercial victories which would lead to last year's self-released EP "Deserve This," which demonstrated the group's distinctive fusion of hard rock, alternative rock, heavy metal and post-grunge influences, however it has since lead to the release of Adelitas Way's fourth studio album "Getaway" which borrows from the finest moments of "Deserve This" while introducing a cast of new compositions that supports the foundation of this release.
The opening number "Bad Reputation" is vulgar alternative rock in fine form, where the guitar stylings of Robert Zakaryan offer more melodic hooks than lead vocalist Rick DeJesus, who's found spewing out lyrics along the lines of "I don't give a fuck what you think/ What you think/ I've got a bad reputation." While it's generally addressed in the following portion, it's important to recognize that the brute punk angst of DeJesus' lyrics and execution paves a strong rhythm alongside the instrumentation of the introductory track here, even if the choice and implementation of slurs is less than attractive. The following rocker "Getaway" is a step forward and embodies a bold garage rock character, whereas "Good Die Young" serves as a dark, slow-paced selection that is bound to have some real weight during the live show. "Low" shares some stark similarities to that of latter day Five Finger Death Punch, in that the song alternates from an aggressive verse into a melodic, energetic refrain while centered around embracive chord progressions and a fierce backbone of percussion and bass lines.
More infectious grooves are in store on "Put You in Place," a song especially propelled by emphased bass playing courtesy of Andrew Cushin. Dipping back into their 2015 release, "I Get Around" is highlighted by a climactic chorus and the choice cymbal work of Trevor Stafford. That being established, the album's most forgettable track "Filthy Heart" is unnecessarily explicit and when paired alongside articulate, almost ambient musicianship abrupts the album's ability to transition. Clean rhythms once again surface with "Harbor the Fugitive," however just as the album begins to retain momentum it's thrown back off with the laidback number with unnecessary lyrics "Sometimes You're Meant to Get Used." It's a mix-match of fine form compositions and immature rock songs that should've been left on the cutting floor throughout, which when compared to the weight of songs like "Shame" and "Put You in Place" is especially disappointing.
Lyrics — 6
Rick DeJesus is capable of some admirable vocal performances and lyrical penmanship, as both indicated on the preceding Adelitas Way releases and a number of songs included on their fourth installment "Getaway." The roaring choruses to "Good Die Young" and "I Get Around" are both refreshing and intense, whereas the laidback number "Harbor the Fugitive" stands as an example of Adelitas Way's strengths even during the quieter moments. With "Getaway" it's primarily an instance where the band just isn't capable of producing a consistently rewarding listen throughout. Songs like "Bad Reputation" (which in itself is a worthy composition) and "Sometimes You're Meant to Get Used" seem to be going for that sense of shock value lyrically, which distract from an otherwise rewarding listen.
Overall Impression — 5
Adelitas Way manage to produce several examples of their familiar breed of hard hitting rock anthem over the course of their fourth studio album "Getaway," however fall short of producing a full fledged, front-to-back listen. Between the dramatic alterations instrumentally and the overtly explicit changes lyrically, "Getaway" proves to be an excessively varietal assortment of songs such occasionally succeed as standalone singles, just not as one complete assembly.