Strata
Strata Presents The End Of The World


4.0
excellent

Review

by project86fan USER (10 Reviews)
August 8th, 2007 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An excellent and diverse mix of ballads and hard-edged rock. Strata creates a unique yet accessible chunk of alternative rock.

Strata is:
Eric Victorino (Vocals)
Ryan Hernandez (Guitar)
Hrag Chanchanian (Bass)
Adrian Robinson (Drums)

Good luck pronouncing Hrag's name if you ever see them him after a concert...anyway,

I have not listened to their debut album, so I will be reviewing this album without comparison to their previous work. Strata apparently used to have nu-metal influences, but they do no longer. This album is highly ambient moderately heavy rock and prominently features Eric's talently vocals. The rest of the instrumentation is highly capable but nothing amazing.

The album starts off with a bit of a dud in Night Falls . While perfectly fine and well-written, it does nothing to distinguish Strata from the numerous bands that play similar music. It does pack a good deal of energy though, which is always a good way to start the album. Also of note, this was the first Strata track I heard, and I briefly thought the band had a female vocalist...Eric was amazing range. The next track is a ballad, which one usually doesn't find on track two, but it is here because it is amazing track, Hot/Cold is arguably the best song here. It features very poetic lyrics and is one of the most emotionally moving songs I've ever heard, a standout track for sure. Eric said it was his favorite song on the disc, and it is a close second in my eyes.

Cocaine, We're All Going To Hell is one of the best songs of 2007, though, and tops everything else on the album. This song was obviously chosen as their first single, because it is everything a single should be. It features familiar structure, but is flawlessly executed. Strata often has good lyrics, excellent ambiance, and great vocals... however they often don't all occur at once...Cocaine is the perfect combination of the best elements of the band's sound.

The album slows down and drops off in quality after Cocaine, always a disappointment, but there are no songs that have to be skipped. Coma Therapy sets an excellent mood, and is a pleasant listen, though it drains the momentum Cocaine had established. Stay Young features the best lyrics of the album combined with upbeat music, which is a refreshing diversion from a very somber album.

The second half of the album drags as the quality of ballads decreases...they are all good, but start to sound similar. Plus, the dreary tone of the album starts to make time drag, there is only so much sorrow I can appreciate at one time...a great album, right up there with Blue October if you ever need an album to commit suicide to. The other notable track is The New National Anthem which is a wicked rewriting of the lyrics to the American national anthem. Lyrics include, "O' Say, can you see? By the dawn's early light
we get 'em young, give 'em guns and ship 'em off to fight." Very strong and passionate anti-war song, but if you happen to be patriotic, I've warned you....you might be offended.

Strata Presents... is a very solid album, none of the songs have to be skipped, and if the album weren't so monotonously dark and emotional, it'd be a great straight listen. Cocaine and Hot/Cold are two amazing songs, and The New National Anthem and Stay Young are also worth checking out. The whole disc is worthwhile if you enjoy this style of music...a solid 4/5.



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project86fan
August 8th 2007


26 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm surprised no one else added/reviewed this. Am I the only one that listened to this album?...a real gem in my opinion. Any feedback on album or my review? Thanks.

Unreal
August 8th 2007


229 Comments


good review, I cant comment on the music though :/
(although I am trying to broaden my horizens)

nikotine9
August 9th 2007


33 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Man you forgot "The Dotted Line" thats my favorite song
i also love The New National Anthem.
strata changed alot from their debut cd which was all rock. now they are pop! woo! Stay young has good lyrics but i think the dotted line has the best lyrics on the album
peeeeeeece

Mainwaring
September 6th 2007


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I didn't think Night Falls was a dud. Either way, good review and great album. I'm so glad I found these guys.

It's only 8 dollars on Amazon. That's such a steal.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2007


2688 Comments


"Stay Young" is a wonderful song, but everything else isn't very good. I even gave the singer's book a shot, but it was also really bad. He's sort of like a smaller-scale Tom DeLonge in terms of his pompousness and soapbox preaching, but he's not as low in common sense as Pete Wentz is.

Unfable
July 27th 2008


5 Comments


Their first album was much better, but this one isnt too bad I guess. Eric should of hung around a little longer.

coleba
December 1st 2010


788 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Severely overlooked album. Huge step-up from first. Vocalist steals show and gives album an oddly progressive feel.

Pndi
October 8th 2012


465 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^ backed

Feather
January 6th 2014


1368 Comments


Great album, just heard it the other day.

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