Germany's The New Black scored some major kudos and recognition with their 2009 debut. After countless festivals and an immense amount of touring, TNB has found time to record their second album II Better in Black. This album solidifies their major mix of melodic hard rock and heavy metal with modern nuances (think a more sophisticated and innovative Hinder or Nickelback).
The New Black delivers a deep rock and roll groove accented by some metal edge and heaviness and surrounded by intense melody. TNB charms with hooks and melody on The King I Was and catchy Batteries and Rust. Downgrade, with its crisp pace, can sound like power metal, but it's more like heavy melodic rock. TNB can rock with geniune accessibility as on the southern tinged pary rocker Altar Boys, the quirky and clever pop sound on Happy Zombies, and arena styled rocker My Favorite. Later, metal heaviness blends with crackin' hooks on Last Chance to Throw Dirt.
The modern accents are obvious, if not deliberate, and maybe redundant as on Into Modesty, Better in Black, or When It All Ends. Thankfully, this is not acquiensce to current trends but, rather, real creativity on The New Black's part.
Honestly, there's not a bad song on Better in Black. But some songs are better than others: by example, the closer Sun Cries Moon, while interesting, is rather unpersuasive. Nevertheless, The New Black's Better in Black finds the band in their groove: solid melodic hard rock with an intense groove and enough metal edge to be dangerous. Recommended.