ECG (El Fuser)
Label: EPIC/RED INK
Is America ready for a bilingual Fall Out Boy? We're going to argue yes -- and we'd also suggest that Monte Negro have a lot more going for them. They're bilingual, steeped in both American and Latin rock and, well, good. The 2007 album Cicatrix was the product of a band that finally found its sound: passionate, clean, hard-driving and stylistically dynamic. While they don't shy from emo, their range is impressive, with echoes of everyone from Juanes to Zoe. Welcome back, melodic rock.