Strata

Thus far, any act that has signed with Wind-up has achieved some degree of mainstream success. Campbell, Calif.

Thus far, any act that has signed with Wind-up has achieved some degree of mainstream success. Campbell, Calif., quartet Strata should not be any different. The foursome produced its introductory album on its own, deftly proving the band does not lack confidence or chutzpah. It also has great chops. While "Piece by Piece" is heavily influenced by Tool, it is not any less enjoyable. In fact, the whole set is commendable. "When It's All Burning" has the brightest shine of the act's promise. Its anthemic framework and progressive accents elevate the spirit even though the lyrics contemplate mortality. The powerful dichotomy is uplifting instead of mournful because of the passion that fuels Strata's performance. Lead single "The Panic" will likely gain radio play.—CLT