Release Date: May 14, 2002
Reviewed by Chris Schwegler

Infesting the streets of Los Angeles, 3rd Strike’s “Lost Angel” shows the emotion this band has gone through to get this far, but runs out of steam too soon.

These guys deliver a good style of funk/rapcore, with a mixture of some good riffs and vocal tone throughout the album. I would compare there overall sound to a cross between P.O.D vocals / Pressure 4-5 groove / One Minute Silence in your face tone. A few tracks stick out to me as being the hits of the bunch;

“Redemption”, starts out with a reggae/funk sound, with some great harmonic vocals giving and overall great sound to the song, then for the chorus busting right into a great rock groove.

“Barrio Raid”, right off the block, straight in your face style of hard-core. Very raw vocals with a heavy riff in the back ground. One of my favorite tracks off the album.

All in all, it seems there is a lack of substance in most of the tracks. Don’t get me wrong, this album straights out total hard-core and with a great groove, but after that wears off, there is nothing there to save this album. After listening a couple of times through it didn’t grow on me.

If you are still a fan of the rapcore style of music, then check this out. My overall opinion this is a borrow before buying.

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