HESPERIA Their name, loosely translated, means "spring of fire."


Manantial de Feugo is a band of five Hesperia musicians who play rock en espanol, or Spanish-language rock.


"We've played in places where it's all non-Spanish," said Rafa Penatello, bassist for the group. "People come up and tell us, 'We don't understand a word you're saying, but we love your songs.'"


Manantial de Feugo recently finaled in a competition held by a Spanish radio station in Los Angeles, vying for a spot in the lineup of a concert at the Staples Center. They were one of 12 groups chosen from over 80 who entered, and they made it all the way to the final, four-band elimination round.


The five members are Penatello, lead singer Elias Valencia, drummer Marco Ramos, lead guitarist Rudy Cervantes, and keyboardist Gustavo Pena. All of them are graduates of Hesperia High except Cervantes, but he turned out to be a natural fit for the group.


"We pretty much met one day, and the next day he was in the band," Penatello said.


Penatello grew up listening to the Spanish music his parents favored, along with the American rock they'd grown up with the Eagles, Earth, Wind and Fire and Dead or Alive. Other members are fans of bands like Metallica, AC-DC, Led Zeppelin and the Doors.


Together, they've worked out a hard-hitting sound with strong flavors of alternative rock and heavy metal, set to melodies that appeal to a wide audience.


"Our influence is a mix of so many genres, so many eras," Penatello said. "We're on both extremes. I listen to classical music, but at the same time I listen to Cradle of Filth."


Manantial de Feugo has played both locally and in Los Angeles. Since finaling in the competition, they've had offers for more shows down the hill, including Medusa's Night Club in Hollywood, where they played Friday night.


Their first album has 12 tracks, all of them originals written by band members. They're completing their second album now and considering adding one cover tune "Nubes," one of the songs that got them into the radio station's competition.


For their third effort, Manantial de Feugo is planning an all-English language album.


"We don't want to limit ourselves to any one language," Penatello said.


Music isn't a full-time job for the band yet, but they're determined to get there.


"This is what we want to do with our lives," Penatello said. "It is our dream to make a living doing what we love. All our focus is on this band right now, and we believe we are going to make it it's just a matter of time."