THE NEW BLACK
II: BETTER IN BLACK
The New Black return with their sophomore effort, the aptly titled 12-track II: BETTER IN BLACK. While this German quintet offer very little in the originality department, their surprisingly Americanized hard rocking blend of dirty guitar grooves and catchy vocals finds a home in between the snarl of Black Label Society and the polish of Shinedown (“The King I Was”). Equipped with a colossal sound begging to be played in sports arenas and commercial radio (“My Favorite Disease”), this troupe builds their sound from the Nickelback paradigm (“Second Chance”) and backs it all up with a punch that fans of the aforementioned groups should heartily embrace.