Alternative Press - p.1613.5 stars out of 5
-- "[T]hese scene vets know not to mess with success, but it's also nice to see that a little exploration makes for a far more interesting listen."
Kerrang (Magazine) - p.50
"[T]heir most polished effort by far, imbued with a glossy melodic sheen and a production from which all rough edges have been mercilessly buffed."
Strung Out: Chris Aiken (bass guitar); Jason Cruz, Jake Kiley, Jordan Burns, Rob Ramos .
Personnel: Jason Cruz (vocals); Jake Kiley, Rob Ramos (guitar); Jordan Burns (drums).
Recording information: Hydeaway Studio, Van Nuys, CA; Hydeaway Studios, Van Nuys, CA; Sunset Lodge, Hollywood, CA.
More than two years after EXILE IN OBLIVION, Strung Out returned with 2007's BLACKHAWKS OVER LOS ANGELES, a record that marked a further shift away from its 1990s punk-pop sound. On these 12 tracks, the Simi Valley, California-based group, led by charismatic vocalist Jason Cruz, focuses more on soaring melodies and metallic riffs, a point hit home by the catchy chorus and Iron Maiden-like dueling guitars of the powerhouse opener, "Calling."