The New Black - 'III: Cut Loose' (AFM Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Ross Welford   
Thursday, 14 March 2013 04:00

the-new-black-iii-cut-looseThe New Black are a band that may have slipped under your radar but this 12 track album should see them raise their heads up and out of the mire. Coming on like the bastard cousins of Black Label Society (minus the annoying beardy bloke), Black Stone Cherry (but cooler), Black Spiders and Black Box (okay,  made that one up..) these German rockers have written a great, straight up rock 'n' roll record that covers the ground between Punk Rock and Southern Hard Rock.


Motorhead will be a point of reference no doubt - check out opener 'Innocence And Time' or 'Cut Loose' - 'Cut Loose' seemingly stealing Motorhead's 'I'm So Bad (Baby I Don't Care)' - and you'll instantly see the chugging guitars that epitomise Lemmy and Co, add to that some decent vocals and you're already no doubt interested?


'Muzzle & Blinkers' may be one of the slower cuts on this disc but it's an interesting track that keeps you hooked with some random lyrics and a great flow and feel - If the Foo Fighters wrote this, it would be massive; a great track no matter who wrote it with its great guitars and drums, it really does get the emotions flowing and the head will be banging with vigour.


These boys have got the groove thing down tight and it really does reflect in every song. 'Superhuman Mission' is more of the same great, simple rock that they're nailing with every track on here. 'Any Colour You Like (As Long As It's Black)' is another - it sits somewhere in the middle between Alter Bridge and Black Label Society and is just another killer tune. 'Sharkpool' and 'Count Me In' are just more great tunes that will rattle along inside your brain (check out the video for the latter at their web page) and you'd never guess that this band don't hail from some backwood swamp in America.


Every song on here has a great groove and forms the basis of the whole The New Black ethos. You'll be impressed by just how accomplished this band really are - they prove that heaviness doesn't have to come at the expense of melody and whilst obviously following their heroes, they can still keep it fresh sounding. Plus if you get in there early enough, the first edition comes with a bonus 5 tracks!


If this was the age of tapes, this would get warped to fuck due to excessive play.