Oh boy… this is terrible. Imagine a cross between Seven Mary Three (they sang “Cumbersome,” a minor hit a few years ago) and 311; you’d have 3rd Strike. The band sounds like guitar driven alterna-rock, circa the late 1990s, with the addition of some poopy singer who tries to be “ghetto” by saying things like “check it.” The crossing of rap and rock is shown to be the complete failure that it is, almost perfectly on Lost Angel.
The travesty that is “rap-rock” was only done properly and well by one band, ever: Rage Against the Machine. The remaining thousands of bands who have tried it have produced some truly embarrassing moments. Take Fred Durst… need I say more? I didn’t think so. So, one may wonder, “why do bands keep trying this style of music?” The truth is, only the shadow knows…
I feel like I should state some of the positives of Lost Angel. The production quality is great, number one. Pretty much anything done by a major label like Hollywood Records is going to have fantastic sound quality, and this one does! The songs themselves, although generic and predictable, do seem to have a degree of care put into them; this leads me to believe that the band actually likes their music, and that they aren’t just doing it to try to cash in, so give them a couple of points there.
All in all, though, Lost Angels has been done already, by many bands, from Soggy Bizkit (oops, I forgot the comedic, well hidden phallic reference) to Linkin Park. A hint to 3rd Strike: the new Korn record, Untouchables, might actually be worth copying, so if you have to jump on a bandwagon, go buy a ticket for the Korn Express.
Hollywood Records: http://www.hollywoodrecords.com