The New Black – III: Cut Loose seemed to me to be rather an odd band name as I scrolled through the list of new releases sent to me from the record company. But I thought what the hell? And gave it a quick spin to see if it was any good. Good Morning!!! It was quite good and I found myself easily listening to the album cover to cover on the inaugural run.
The album’s title, III: Cut Loose, thereby implys that this is their third recording. My deductive reasoning powers were tip top as that was exactly correct! These Germans got together in 2009. So far they have released a self-titled début and the secondary effort II: Better In Black. Both of which have now worked their way into the top ten on my wish list of CDs to own. I love discovering new bands and The New Black is a great one.
The New Black is comprised of Fludid handling vocal duties, Christof Liem and Fabian Schwarz wailing the guitars, Gunt Auschrat plunking the bass and Chris Weiss bashing the skins. The New Black have set the stage, opening up for the likes of AC/DC, Alter Bridge, Volbeat and Black Label Society. On the band’s Facebook page the second release is described as follows: “This is our kind of party: Black Label Society bring the booze, Pantera spice it up, Thin Lizzy add some taste, and Alter Bridge smooth it over before Metallica turn it black… And you can be there, too, with the second album by The New Black…” Sounds pretty intriguing to me, so if that’s what they say about the second album, let’s spin III: Cut Loose and see what we find contained therein.
THE NEW BLACK – III: Cut Loose (Album Review)
The album blasts off with “Innocence & Time” sounding very Motorhead-ish and making you sit up and take notice right away, like an awakening. The second track, “Count Me In”, shows off the band’s love of rock with huge riffs and the power of a great song. This groovy anthem moves along nicely. The powerful stompers “Muzzle & Blinkers” and “Superhuman Mission” are sure to have your fists in the air and maybe even a little air-drumming with a couple of pencils….or was that just my reaction? The title track, “Cut Loose”, oozed out of my speakers next, dripping with 80’s melody and groove and the appearance of a harmonica to boot.
The next song, “Any Colour You Like (As Long As It’s Black)” while being a sort of theme song for The New Black could also be easily heard on rock radio with its catchy sing-along chorus. From there we head into groovy, funky, pounding beat of “Burning D” followed by the high energy and catchy, hooky riffs of “Not Quite That Simple”. With its biting grooves, “Sharkpool” is a stand out track and quickly becoming my favourite on the record. The Texas twang beginning of “The Unexpected Truth” throws another flavour into the mix for another potential radio hit. The “piss-off” attitude of “One Thing I Know” seethes through the speakers. We finish up the album with “Antidote” and the furious pounding of the cut leaves you wishing there was more as you hit play and start again.
THE NEW BLACK – III: Cut Loose (Final Thoughts)
I was pleasantly surprised with the stylish mix of both modern metal and vintage rock and roll (as they have been described), the heavy melodies, abundant catchy riffs and grooves making this a muscular offering that is meaty like the finest prime cut, grade A steaks. Check it out and crank it up!