Blackhawks Over Los Angeles review by Strung Out

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  • Released: Jun 12, 2007
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.7 (29 votes)
Strung Out: Blackhawks Over Los Angeles

Sound — 9
The sound is pure punk, and really stands on a different level than most metalcore/mainstream modern bands. This is easily strung out's best release since exile into oblivion. For those of you unfamiliar with strung out, these guys combine the raw (almost tremolo picked) power chords of rise against, with insane metal esque solos, that are very impressive. They also cleverly throw in a few acoustic passages to keep things fresh. The first track 'Calling', is filled with insane harmony riffs, starting with a weird acoustic (almost surf guitar) intro and into an awesome verse riff. I also love the intro to "The King Has Left The Building", which is a little more generic than most of the guitar parts, but still cool. The band seems to have slightly matured into more of a thrashy pedal tone inspired guitar parts, and it definetly doesn't dissapoint. The drumming has always been awesome, but doesnt seem to shine any brighter in this album. Many songs on this album still reflect their older songs, but with a clearer, cleaner sound.

Lyrics — 8
The lyrics arent the greatest in the world but the vocalists makes up for it with their singing. Again, think Rise Against lyrics, with a little less roughness in the voice, then drenched in vocal harmonies. The lyrics are typical punk style "is anybody out there?", and stuff like that. Mostly 'fist-pumping' lyrics if that makes sense.

Overall Impression — 8
This album compares in my mind to Rise Against's 'Sufferer And The Witness', with a little flashier riffs and awesome solos. My favorites are (not in order) 'Calling', 'The King has Left the Building', 'A War Called Home', 'Orchid'... I really could name them all except maybe dirty little secret is a little too light for me. I don't worry about anyone stealing it cause I have it downloaded on my computer, but I would definetly download it all again if my computer crashed or something. If you are unfamiliar with strung out this is a good CD (or exile into oblivion) to get hooked on.

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    This is the worst reviews I've ever read. How is this album pure punk? Its clearly more metal influenced. And to say the lyrics are weak is ridiculous. Jason Cruz is one of the best songwriters in punk rock. Also how the **** do you compare Rise Against to Strung Out? Strung Out has been around longer and is more diverse than those peta freaks, Rise Against. Rise Against isn't half as good as Strung Out. Anyway its pretty clear that the person doing this review doesn;t know what hes talking about. The album is amazing and it should be as no surprise.
    i apologize for trying to get a review for such a great band, andrew, i think their cds need more reviews and if ud like to tell me how this album is then review it please. believe me i think strung out are way more skilled than rise against, i was trying to compare it with an album i thought sounded similar. and imo the lyrics on this album suck compared to anything else theyve released. i also cant hear the 'metal' sound except in their solos.