In 2001, post-punk revivalists like the Strokes and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club were touted as the ones who’d finally overthrow the prefabricated pop royals Britney, Christina and Justin. But despite considerable buzz, no musical revolution swept these bands onto the airwaves. Two years later, they’re trying it again.
Proclaimed the Jackie Robinson of rock music, Living Colour not only opened the door for black musicians, it also succeeded in threatening the glam-metal establishment long before “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” A decade later, an interracial group like Sevendust is among metal’s most prominent outfits, having benefited from Living Colour’s example and their influence. Unfortunately, the band’s new album proves they are just as apt as their musical heroes to stumble.