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The New Black

Formed: 2008
From: Germany
Last Known Status: Active

Latest The New Black News

Below is our complete The New Black news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

The New Black Unveils Album Details

The New Black is gearing up to release "A Monster's Life" this coming February 26th, 2016 via AFRM Records. Produced by Jacob Hansen, the cover art and track listing for "A Monster's Life" can be seen below.

1. Long Time Coming
2. Blockbuster Life
3. With A Grin
4. Send In The Clowns
5. Dead In The Water
6. Buddha Belly
7. The Beer Of No Return
8. A Pill Named Ting
9. Better
10. That’s Your Poison, Not Mine More...

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The New Black Releases Music Video

The New Black has a new video out for "Any Colour You Like (As Long As Its Black)," which comes off the 2013 album "III: Cut Loose." Check it out below, and the band also comments:

"‘The glass half empty, and filled with piss...’ Ah, well. It all looks pretty normal at first. But there is something dark lurking at the edges. Unnoticed, decay sets in, and the blackness might be closer than you think. But then again life goes on. As does the music. And the fart jokes.

"‘Any Colour’ is not exactly a song about peace, love and good happiness stuff. But fun to play live. Like fart jokes, pretty much. Enjoy, comment and - this actually important - please spread around.“

"The clip was once more directed by Thew New Black‘s Fludid. No spiders, cockroaches, worms or musicians were harmed during the filming. All pyro scenes, car chases and naked dancers had to be omitted due at the last minute." More...

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Sinner Announces 30th Anniversary Shows

AFM Records has issued the following announcement about Sinner performing special 30th anniversary shows:

"Three decades into the sign of the Sinner – what better reason to celebrate can one imagine? Mat Sinner and his band will play three special concerts in Germany (Sinner + surprise guests). Also joining the 'Sinfest' concerts are Voodoo Circle and The New Black." More...

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The New Black Posts "Sharkpool" Music Video

German groove metal band The New Black posted a new video for the track "Sharkpool." The song appears on band's upcoming third LP "III: Cut Loose," which was issued this past Friday through AFM Records. The band previously released the first music video for the release with the track "Count Me In," which can can be viewed over at this location. The New Black features Ex-Tyran Pace/Ex-Paradox/Ex-Stormwitch guitarist Fabian Schwarz.

Check out "Sharkpool" here:

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The New Black Posts "III: Cut Loose" Preview Clip

German groove metal band The New Black posted a preview clip for the band's upcoming third LP "III: Cut Loose." The album is scheduled for release on March 15th, 2013 via AFM Records. A video for the track "Count Me In" can be viewed over at this location.

The track listing for "III: Cut Loose" is:

1. Innicence & Time
2. Count Me In
3. Muzzle & Blinkers
4. Superhuman Mission
5. Cut Loose
6. Any Colour You LIke (As Long As It's Black)
7. BUrning D
8. Not Quite That Simple
9. Sharkpool
10. The Unexpected Truth
11. One Thing I Know
12. Antidote

Check out the preview clip here: More...

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The New Black Premieres New Music Video

German groove metal band The New Black premiered a new music video for the track "Count Me In" over at Metal Hammer Germany at this location (also shown below). The song appears on the forthcoming LP "III: Cut Loose," which is scheduled for release on March 15th, 2013 via AFM Records.

Check out "Count Me In" here:

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The New Black Reveals Album Details

"III: Cut Loose" will be the title of the upcoming album by Germany‘s heavy rockers The New Black. It will be released on March 15th, 2013 via AFM.

Mixing duties were handled by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Pretty Maids) who commented: "These guys completely floored me with their stylish mix of both modern metal and vintage rock 'n' roll. This is a band that could get big if things are done the right way!"

"III: Cut Loose" was recorded and produced by the band itself, and making-of-footage from the studio can be found at The New Black's Facebook profile. Further details will be announced shortly. More...

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The New Black Announces United Riff Service Tour

German groove metal band The New Black announced a string of dates in May with country mates Tieflader in Germany, which is dubbed the "United Riff Service" tour. The band is currently touring in support of its 2011 release "II: Better in Black," which was released in January 2011 through AFM Records.

Confirmed dates for the "United Riff Service" tour are as follows:

10.5. Berlin, DE @ White Trash
11.5. Würzburg, DE @ B-Hof*
12.5. Stuttgart, DE @ Universum
13.5. Köln, DE @ Underground**

* with additional support from A Million Miles and Nump
** with additional support from Crossplane More...

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The New Black Posts New Music Video

German groove metal act The New Black has posted a new music video for the song "Soon." The song appears as a bonus track on the limited edition of the latest release "II: Better In Black," which is available now through AFM Records at this location.

Check out "Soon" here:

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AFM 15th Anniversary Festival Packs All-Star Card

AFM Records is celebrating its 15th Anniversary this year. In addition to a three CD compilation, the label has also put together an all-star lineup for a festival in Hamburg, Germany on November 26, 2011. The lineup for the show includes headliners U.D.O. along with Voodoo Circle, Orden Ogan, Kissin' Dynamite, Dark Age, The New Black, Lake Of Tears, A Life (Divided), Mob Rules, Byfrost, XStahlmann, Buried In Black, Black Messiah and Crystal Viper with a special act to be announced.

The special 15th Anniversary 3CD compilation will be released on October 28, 2011, but festival attendee's will receive the package free with a ticket purchase.

The track listing for the "AFM Records 15th Anniversary Compilation" is:

CD 1:

1. 24/7 (U.D.O.)
2. Avantasia (Avantasia) (Single Version)
3. The Black Mare (Dragonland) (Edit)*
4. Broken Hero (Iron Mask*)
5. Soulburn (Masterplan)
6. Temple Of Stone (Brainstorm)
7. Brotherhood Of Light (Morton)
8. Heavy Metal Never Dies (Iron Savior*)
9. Watching In Silence (Circle II Circle)
10. Night Of The Sin (Crystal Viper)
11. Dominator (Oz*) More...

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The New Black Posts New Music Video Online

German hard rock act The New Black has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "The King I Was" which is taken off of the band's forthcoming full length album "II: Better In Black." You can view the music video below:

Here is the "II: Better In Black" tracklisting:
1. Better In Black
2. The King I Was
3. Batteries & Rust
4. Downgrade
5. Into Modesty
6. Altar Boys
7. Happy Zombies
8. My Favorite Disease
9. Fading Me Out
10. When It All Ends
11. Last Chance To Throw Dirt
12. Sun Cries Moon

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The New Black Announces New Single

Germany's The New Black has announced their new digital single as "The King I Was." The digital EP's tracklisting is as follows:

1. THE KING I WAS (new song)
2. SIMPLIFY (live)

The digital EP can be found on iTunes and Amazon. "The King I Was" will also be found on their upcoming album "II: Better in Black," which will be released on January 21st."

The band comments on the new single, "'The King I Was' is one of our favorites of 'II: BETTER IN BLACK,' with all the good stuff we like: heavy riffs, magic hooklines and shredding guitars. We hope you dig it, too. Let us know, what you think. To give you something more alongside the new tune, we dug out two rare version of songs from the debut. The single‘s tracklist reads as follows:" More...

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The New Black Announces Tour With Powerwolf

THE NEW BLACK will share the stage with POWERWOLF on the “Bible Of The Black” Tour. Check them out at the following tour dates:


20.03.2010 D-Neckarsulm, Fear Dark Festival (/w/Powerwolf/)
26.03.2010 D-Neukirchen bei Fulda, Sägewerk (/w/Powerwolf/)
27.03.2010 D-München, Backstage Club (/w/Powerwolf/)
10.04.2010 D-Hannover, Musikzentrum (/w/Powerwolf/)
11.04.2010 D-Köln, Underground (/w/Powerwolf/)

THE NEW BLACK (without Powerwolf)

05.03.2010 D-Heidelberg, Halle02 (/w/Doggirl/)
06.03.2010 D-Esslingen, Rock For One World

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The New Black Begins Recording New Album

THE NEW BLACK has begun recording their second album, which will be released in the spring or summer of 2010 through AFM Records. The band comments, “Sounds good, doesn..'t it? What started as stupid idea born out of the love of "the riff" and playing it (and a tsunami of Caipirinhas, to be honest), is going into round two. Ha! We have around 17 songs in different states of completion, some of them in true TNB fashion, some of them with a twist or two, but all kicking our asses or patting our backs. Or both. Phat guitars: Check. Killer hooklines: Check. Shamelessy playing exactly what we like: Check."

"Several people said the new stuff sounds heavier and more metal, others said it sounds more Rrrrock and even more melodic, so you do the math: It..'s TNB and then some. We make the boobies and the balls shake! More on that later."

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The New Black Announces Album Release Date

German band The New Black has issued the following update about the release date for their upcoming album:

"Dear Blackies and Blackettes!

"There's bunch of news this time, but let's announce the coolest one first: Our debut album "The New Black" will be released in the US on June 2nd! Canada will follow around that time, too. Can we get a 'Hell yeah!'?

"If the reactions over there are so full of sweet rock love as they were here... we can't wait! By the way: You can still download the single for free here or over at our friends at Gibson Guitars. And your buddies should know this, right?

"Probably equally cool is that we will play Germany's Serengeti Festival on June 27th - alongside Down and ... Anthrax!

"TNB loves Anthrax, baby! And who wouldn't? They wrote the book with songs like 'Among The Leimsen', 'Günt-Ho', 'Now It's Schwarz', 'Who Cares Weiss' and the always wonderful 'Didulfnikufesin'. If you listen closely to our album, you might even find... er, never mind, never mind. (Cough, cough.) That weekend will be a good one, and we're working on more festivals.

"Additional show news real quick:

"TNB were also confirmed for the Börsencrash Festival in Wuppertal, Germany on October 16th. Our show at Munich's Backstage on May 7th was postponed until July 3rd, when we will play with Tito & Tarantula."

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The New Black Posts Live Video Online

German band The New Black has issued the following statement about a new live video being posted online:

"Dear Blackies and Blackettes!

So you heard some stuff, but you also want to see those five hot dudes in black pants rocking out? You want to see Günt shake that mane, you want to see war faces and shred, baby, shred?

OK, here we go: To get us all over to Jan 23rd when our debut "The New Black" finally sees the light of day, we dug out some footage from a Sep '08 show, filmed by the one and only Bomber at the B-Hof in Würzburg, our home base of sorts, where we played our first show and where we rehearse (if we do, haha).

So here's "Not Me", which you probably haven't heard before, a little fight song, in a nice bootleg style video from a small and sweaty club show. It's live, baby, so expect it to sound even better (er, yeah) on the album."

The video can viewed below. More...

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The New Black Announces Debut Album Release Date

The New Black has issued the following year end update including information about the release date of their upcoming debut album:

"Dear Blackies and Blackettes!

It’s that time of year again. But actually, we are bewildered. Is it Christmas already? Do they change the day every year?

But forget all the stress with getting presents, killing a duck for dinner and getting enough booze in the house to make singing really smooth… It’s too early. Our Christmas is on Jan 23rd, when our debut album comes out. After a lot of work and even more laughs!

C’mon, think about it: We just played our first show in January, wrote more songs, got awarded “Demo Of The Month” four times in big German magazines, finished the album, wrote music for an American movie, signed a deal, played with Zakk, played with Black Stone Cherry, got shows with Volbeat confirmed for Jan/Feb, and most importantly felt a lot of love from you guys - and now the thing actually coming out? How cool is that? More...

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The New Black Announce Live Date For Germany

SINNER / ex-TRACEELORDS guitarist Christof Leim have banded together with members of PARADOX, RUNAMOK and ABANDONED to form THE NEW BLACK. They have been confirmed to play the B-Hof in Würzburg, Germany on January 26th. MOTORJESUS is on the bill as support.

The New Black has been described as the missing link between THIN LIZZY and IRON MAIDEN. The band has launched an official MySpace page at this location. Five demo tracks are currently available for streaming.

According to Leim the pre-production for nine of the 11 songs due to appear on their debut album is complete. More details will be revealed soon.

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