Los Angeles-based metal rock quintet 3rd Strike is poised to score a home run with its Hollywood Records debut Lost Angel, which turns a set of tales of angst and hard knocks into a spray of flaming,

Los Angeles-based metal rock quintet 3rd Strike is poised to score a home run with its Hollywood Records debut Lost Angel, which turns a set of tales of angst and hard knocks into a spray of flaming, spiked spitballs. Frontman Jim Korthe, whose youth was misguided by a dysfunctional family, gang life, and street violence, brings to the forefront stories of life lived and lessons learned via such guitar-ripped, rap-heavy tracks as first single "No Light"—featured in ESPN-Ultimate: The Movie—and the self-struggling "Strung Out." The band covers Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" and has what is perhaps its finest moment in the introspective "Lisa," in which Korthe hides less behind feedback and shows a more vulnerable side. Metal has never sounded so beautiful.—CT

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