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New Black, The - s/t (8/10) - Germany - 2009

Genre: Hard Rock
Label: AFM Records
Playing time: 47:48
Band homepage: New Black, The


  1. Everlasting
  2. Why I Burn
  3. Coming Home
  4. More Than A Man
  5. Simplify
  6. 50 Ways To Love Your Liver
  7. Ballad Of Broken Angels
  8. Not Me
  9. Superman Without A Town
  10. The Man Who Saw The Universe
  11. Welcome To Point Black
  12. Wound
New Black, The - s/t

Right, Iím going to get this out of the way straight away. THE NEW BLACK rock. They rock hard.


Impressively, they rock with great production values, and some sweet harmonised riffs (as well as the usual galloping Hard Rock riffs) as well as some awesome solos. The pace is either gloriously fast or poundingly mid-tempo, and the lyrics too are catchy and great (you can only wake up guilty/if you find the time to sleep) with the ability to stay in your head for a while.


Occasionally, the band rock even heavier than a lot of Hard Rock bands, with some aggressive shouting and some hammering riffs and guitar rhythms. ď50 Ways To Love Your LiverĒ despite the fun title is a particularly notable rocker, with the aforementioned shouts standing out well as well as a simply stunning performance overall from the vocalist Ė who performs admirably well throughout the entire record, with a voice that would fit on any Hard Rock classic.


Most impressive overall with the way the band rock is just how experienced and professional they sound. The production is crystal clear, and the pacing of the record is just perfect. The rocking does let up a bit in the second half, but itís hardly a reason not to listen to the album. If you appreciate Hard Rock in any way, then you should really get this. It rocks. Hard.

(Online March 24, 2009)

Raven Blackburn

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