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”Invincible” isn’t just the first single from edgy Las Vegas rock quintet Adelitas Way’s self-titled Virgin/EMI Music debut album, it’s also an apt description for singer Rick DeJesus’ determination to succeed and overcome his background on the mean streets of a Philadelphia neighborhood ravaged by drugs and poverty. A shredding, bluesy rocker, in which DeJesus explains he went for ”that Incredible Hulk feeling,” he calls it ”a song that pumps you up, a crowd-pleaser. It’s about our attitude: I’m not going to let anyone stand in the way of my dreams.” Adelitas Way–which also includes lead guitarist Chris Iorio, guitarist Keith Wallen, drummer Trevor Stafford and bassist Derek Johntson–are about to see those wishes come true. Produced by the Grammy-nominated Johnny K (Disturbed, Plain White T’s, 3 Doors Down), the disc offers a variety of empowering and sexy rockers, spotlighting the shredding blues style of teenage axe-slinger Iorio and the propulsive, grunge-like drums of Huntington Beach, CA native Stafford, a veteran of Ozzfest band Shuvel. N.Y. bassist Johnston and West Virginia guitarist Wallen complete the line-up, bringing a combination of indie, hardcore and classic rock influences to the band’s distinctive sound. The hard-working group, whose name comes from an unlikely stay in a Tijuana brothel, has already opened for artists like Chris Cornell, Hinder and Tantric, generating an impressive industry buzz that resulted in their signing with Virgin. Describing his songwriting, Rick explains ”I’m very emotional, I put myself in people’s shoes and live vicariously. My songs are about true situations.”

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  • I don’t even know where to start with this review – to put it quite simply, Adelita’s Way rocks. I hadn’t heard of them before about a month ago, but a month was plenty time to make me a loyal fan. This CD is fantastic, I can listen to the whole thing all the way through and there aren’t any songs that I even have the slightest desire to skip over.

    I’m more a fan of the upbeat songs – “Invincible” remains my standing favorite. “So What If You Go” is definitely a close second though.

    Back in December, I bought tickets to a Theory of a Deadman concert, and I hadn’t realized Adelita’s Way was opening for them. Discovering Adelita’s Way and realizing that I was already going to get to see them was rockin’. The concert was earlier this month and Adelita’s Way by far surpassed my expectations for their performance, and even surpassed Theory of a Deadman’s performance! Hard to believe – but I actually think they might be even better live. I love Rick DeJesus’ voice – it’s really deep and filled with all the emotion of the lyrics. The guitar solos scattered throughout are equally great, and my boyfriend was entranced by the drummer (Trevor Stafford) who, as he put it, spent the entire time showing off.

    I bought the CD after the show and the entire band signed it for me – they were all very friendly, chatting away and taking pictures with fans. I’ve recommended this Band/CD to pretty much everyone I know, and if you ever get the chance to see them live, I’d recommend that too!

    Posted on March 15, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I first heard of these guys when they opened for Shinedown last fall. I was immediately impressed with them and got their album soon afterward. As a fan on mostly progressive rock, I was a little worried about the track lengths being so short. But I didn’t really notice because all the songs rock. Every song could be a single. They are getting some significant radio play lately. I heard Invincible in Waco, Texas. And Last Stand is now being played on the rock station here in Vegas, which is where they are from.

    So in conclusion, this album is worth it if you are a fan on good rock music.

    Posted on March 15, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This album is absolutely amazing!! You will NOT be disappointed!
    Definitely one of the BEST new bands to emerge from this decade!
    Excellent musicianship, fantastic lyrics..These guys ROCK!!
    A MUST HAVE for any Rock music fan!
    Adelitas Way is the whole package. There is NOT one mediocre song on this album. ALL the tunes are AWESOME!!
    You will play this one over and over..

    Posted on March 15, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I just bought this today and have listened to it at least five times straight through already. It’s one of the very few albums that I don’t feel the need to skip songs on. Every single song has a unique rocking vibe and it has a fresh sound that clearly distinguishes it from the rest of the songs.

    One of the most poignant and emotional songs to me is Brother. The words are very gripping and you can really hear the emotion in Rick’s vocals. Not to mention an amazing guitar solo by Chris.

    This is the epitome of what a real rock record should sound like. Balls to the wall, never let you go, in your face, rocking album. Everyone should definitely check them out!

    Posted on March 15, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Adelitas Way, accomplishes what all great rock albums do. It has something for everyone, it’s cool, it’s hot, it’s loud, it whispers, it rocks, it’s emotional, it grips your soul and it is a hellava great record. This new band out of Las Vegas writes songs with great melodies, superior musicianship, unforgettable riffs, hard rockin guitar sections, heart tugging lyrics and energizing vocals. Destined to be 2009’s most favorite album , I see why WWE have already picked up two of their songs.

    I first caught the band, Adelitas Way, at a local concert opening for 10 Years. From the first song there was no mistaking that his band was chock full of supremely talented musicians. Watching this band live is an incredible experience not to be missed, and now fans are treated with their long awaited debut album. And what an album it is. Do not let this one pass you by, Adelitas Way has something very very special that you won’t wanna miss.

    The album opens with three strong selections in a row. The heart pounding power anthem and WWE theme song “Invincible”, followed by one of the heaviest tracks on the album “Scream” and “Dirty Little Thing” destined to be the most memorable track and one everyone will love. The height of the album comes at track 6 and 7. My favorite “So What If You Go” effortlessly transitions into the soul ripping track “Closer to You”. The album changes into the crunchy, funky guitar track “Just A Little Bit” and closes with the very sad “Brother”. Missing from the album is “Inside”, and by my estimation probably one of their best-but no fear, you get it for joining their mailing list.


    “So What If You Go” – Guitar, Guitar, Guitar, you can’t mistake what guitarists Chris and Keith bring to this album, and this song displays some of their work. This is probably my favorite song on the album. The opening transition and screaming riff tears me apart every time. At 2:49 Chris launches into a beautifully integrated solo that rings with fervor and passion rarely seen in a young band.

    “Closer to You” – The anthemy opening fits perfectly at this point on the album. This song has what all great songs possess, it’s happy and sad all at the same time and gets deep inside your heart and stays there.

    “Just A Little Bit” – has a funky vibey opening riff that makes this one of my favorite tracks and is just plain fun. It’s the ultimate party track and displays some of the albums best guitar work.

    Posted on March 15, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now