"The Black Sea" (Sik World; 2006)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

A plethora of hard rock styles collide on Divided By Zero's 15-track offering, giving "The Black Sea" a lot for the listener to grasp hold of. 

From the heavier Disturbed-by-way-of-Avenged Sevenfold aura of "Double Negative" to the 311-esque funk of "Strike in the Time-Bomb Town" and "Ashes of Armies," this San Diego based outfit manages to churn out some uninspired, slickly produced nuggets ready for modern rock radio airwaves or the speakers of the shopping mall's alternative shops. But, when the band tones it down, as on "The World is Not Mine," they've got a somewhat earthy vibe that unfortunately gets undermined by the nu-metal meanderings of tracks like "Damn the Dream."

If you dig Flaw, Buckcherry and Godsmack, and are seeking a super-polished hybrid of these bands rolled into one, "The Black Sea" is the album you've been waiting for. 

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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