The New Black

Century Media
Release date
14 Jul 2006
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Decimator 2:53 42,330
2 You Suck 2:40 52,409
3 Antiproduct 3:56 28,314
4 Monument 4:11 33,944
5 Wrong Side 3:36 43,552
6 Hope 5:02 32,225
7 Far Beyond Metal 4:36 46,954
8 Fucker 3:53 35,053
9 Almost Again 3:43 40,896
10 Plyophony 1:54 19,428
11 The New Black 6:16 33,561

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  • Idiots-Rule

    I've been listening to SYL for quite many years now and this one still hasn't grown beyond a "decent" opinion for me. I don't know, maybe Devin somewhat forced it to get out of the record contract quickly, as he ended the band soon after its release. It also feels like it's missing something of a "mood". I get a strong feeling that some tracks were just old (scrapped) stuff laying around that they put together and made a record with - it has a lots of filler tracks. Some tracks are great, though - Wrong Side, The New Black, Almost Again... Far Beyond Metal is fun. I'm glad they did a studio recording of it before disbanding.

    7 May 11:17pm Reply
  • Hanz22

    vv absolutely..

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Alarus-Lar

    Шедевральный альбом! Трэки "Far Beyond Metal", "Almost Again", "Antiproduct", "Wrong Side", "Hope" вне всякой похвалы. Советую обязательно послушать! Всё очень мощно, оригинально, технично, энергично, в меру брутально, быстро и мелодично.

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Sharp-Ton

    Heavy ending is heavy.

    3 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Cassandra-Leo

    Obviously this isn't as good as City, SYL or Alien but this still has a lot of amazing cuts on it. Decimator, You Suck, Wrong Side, Fucker, Far Beyond Metal, Almost Again, Polyphony, and The New Black are all pretty great. The mastering is unacceptably awful though.

    18 May 2013 Reply
  • Martin-Death

    Just decent, but very shitty compared to City & HAARHT

    17 Apr 2013 Reply
  • B4LU

    Not so deadly as my favourite City, but still good.

    7 Apr 2013 Reply
  • FrostBiter666

    You Suck, Fucker and Far Beyond Metal are absolutely mind-blowingly amazing. The rest are okay. [2] i'd add Almost Again, Polyphony and The New Black to that.

    30 Sep 2012 Reply
  • IAINoodle

    I could happily float around The ISS with Almost Again glaring out my ipod

    27 Sep 2011 Reply
  • fatalportrait99

    You Suck, Fucker and Far Beyond Metal are absolutely mind-blowingly amazing. The rest are okay.

    26 Jul 2011 Reply
  • mikuwna

    in this album we can clearly see how strapping gone to end... i mean its still fucking kicks, but more melodic parts takes most of the songs... but there are still precious songs... energetic You Suck, brilliant Wrong Side with lyrics, giutar solo and Devins opera vocals. im hipnotizing with Hope and drums part of Gene Holgan. and Far Beyond Metal, hymn for metal headbangs. awesome Fucker, melody but still crushing Almost Again, and absolutly genious Plyophony, which can give us taste of Devins solo album - Zitolid The Omniscient. in some songs drums - diamond on the crown named strapping young lad - are too lazy, slowly, like no Gene... but album is still great!

    25 Jun 2011 Reply
  • kcnirva

    stop complaining, this is pure genius just as everything Devin did with SYL

    20 May 2011 Reply
  • mutiilator

    Doesn't get good until the last 3 songs.

    25 Apr 2011 Reply
  • xXSymbiotic

    Agreed with beermonster, this album still kicks my ass.

    6 Nov 2010 Reply
  • JonteJH

    Wow! Wrong side,Far beyond metal and Fucker........Bruuuuuuutal

    27 Oct 2010 Reply
  • BeerMonster

    So what if this doesn't have much new. It's a great peice of work and has grown on me greatly over the years. I am glad they wrote and released this. Yes i feel that being contracted to do 5 albums means they rushed the last few, but this is an album is still miles ahead of so much else out there and it's funny, tongue-in-cheek and well played. I have the Ltd edition with the cover of Zodiac as the final track and that just takes this album all the way upto 11!

    15 Oct 2010 Reply
  • JohnLithium

    So disappointing, and easily one of his worst albums, both in terms of the preceding Strapping Young Lad albums and Devin Townsend's work as a whole. No interesting ideas, either musically or lyrically. Boring compressed production with ill-fitting sound samples straight out of the "Methods of Mayhem" sound library that many, many other metal bands (such as Tiamat, etc) love to use. All the guest musicians added relatively little to the overall presentation. You'll never convince me that this album wasn't rushed.

    14 Jul 2010 Reply
  • BigBrian666

    @ledheadtaylor nah man, Gene Hoglan is his weapon of choice on this, he only every used Drumkit from hell on the Ziltoid Record btw what an awesome album

    27 Jun 2010 Reply
  • metal_owns

    This is definitely not their weakest. The New Black shits all over HAARHT and self-titled.

    23 Jun 2010 Reply
  • ledheadtaylor

    Is he using drumkit from hell on this?

    2 Mar 2010 Reply
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