3rd Strike (band)

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3rd Strike
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3rd Strike, 2002. Left-Right: Todd Deguchi, Gabe Hammersmith, Jim Korthe, Erik Carlsson, and P.J. McMullan.
Background information
Origin California, United States
Genres Nu metal, rap metal
Years active 1995–2004
Labels Hollywood Records
Past members Jim Korthe
Todd Deguchi
Erik Carlsson
PJ McMullan
Gabe Hammersmith
Evan Holtz
Sean McCormick
Nick Manning

3rd Strike was a nu metal group, started by Jim Korthe (lead singer), Todd Deguchi (guitar), Erik Carlsson (guitar), PJ McMullan (drums) and Gabe Hammersmith (bass). Their lyrics were primarily based upon the former lives of the group's members. In May, 2002, they released their debut and only album, Lost Angel. They toured with Ozzfest and Warped Tour to promote their album, but broke up shortly after. Their song "Into Hell Again" was featured on the Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life soundtrack.


Jim Korthe, lead singer for rap-rockers 3rd Strike, grew up in San Pedro, California. Along with his friend, guitarist Todd Deguchi, the two put together a makeshift lineup for 3rd Strike, but between several unsuccessful tours and Korthe's personal problems the band disbanded during the 1990s. In 1996 Korthe and Deguchi released one album under the moniker Dimestore Hoods, consisting of vocalist Jim Korthe, guitarists Todd Deguchi and Tom McNerney, bassist Joe Puccio and drummer Mike Russo.

The two musicians continued to write together, and eventually re-formed the band with guitarist Erik Carlsson, drummer PJ McMullan and bassist Gabe Hammersmith. They began recording when Pennywise guitarist Fletcher Dragge heard their demo and connected them with his management company. By the end of 2001 they had recorded their debut, Lost Angel, which was released the following May. They supported the album at both the Ozzfest and Warped tours that summer.

Songs by 3rd Strike were featured in the PlayStation title Delta Force Urban Warfare in 2002.

In January 2007, 3rd Strike posted the following message on Myspace, "Hey everyone just wanted to post an update on whats going on. We've been pretty busy tightening up our set so we can start getting out and playing some shows. Were all really excited about getting out and playing live cause that is where all the hard work pays off. Hopefully we'll have some new pics to post up soon and some more info asap. Thanx"[citation needed]

By August 2007 the band debuted the new single "Battlecry" on Myspace followed by a promo for the Peaceful Valley, "Life Goes On".

In June 2008 drummer Sean McCormick was replaced by Nick Manning on drums. Later that year the group debuted the new song, "Revolution" taken from a 3 song Pre-Production demo of a new album.

Lead singer Jim Korthe died in his San Pedro home on January 13, 2010.[1] He was 39 years old.



Charting singles

Year Title Chart Positions Album
US Modern Rock US Mainstream Rock
2002 "No Light" No. 36 No. 23 Lost Angel
"Redemption" - No. 40


  1. ^ "Former 3RD STRIKE singer dead at 39". Blabbermouth.net. Archived from the original on 2010-04-16. Retrieved 2011-07-11.

External links

  • Yahoo! Music site on 3rd Strike
  • 3rd Strike on Peaceful Valley
  • 3rd Strike Singer Jim Korthe Obituary
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