(8/10) It's hard to describe The New Black's sound. The guys describe themselfs as a mixture of the Black Label Society with some Nickelback and Pantera embedded. I think it describes the new album pretty well.
"A Monster's Life" is the bands fourth album and it's the first one that doesn't follow the numbering mentioned in the title. No "IV" mentioned, it's just "A Monster's Life".
This time the Southern Rock influences got a bit more into the forefront, like in "Send in the Clowns" or rocking "Buddha Belly".
The New Black also show their sense of humor - yes, German do have humor - looking on song titles such as "The Beer of No Return". The name could be from Tankard but the alternative metal, reflected by this tune, is pure The New Black with some Zakk Wylde cross-references.
In general the album doesn't come with a real downer. Each of the ten tracks reveals it's own beauty even though I must say that I like it most when the guys decide to play heavy like in "Better". The mighty guitars are a real treat for your ears while the melodic vocals give the tune a certain catchiness.
The New Black's fourth strike is containing well done alternative metal that is spot-on. Cool.
- Long Time Coming
- Blockbuster Life
- Win a Grin
- Send in the Clowns
- Dead in the Water
- Buddha Belly
- The Beer of No Return
- A Pill Named Ting
- That's Your Poison Not Mine
Genre: Alternative Metal
Release Date EU: February 29th, 2016