John Kurzweg, producer for Creed and Puddle of Mudd, has put his nÜ-metal stamp all over the major-label debut for young rockers Socialburn.

John Kurzweg, producer for Creed and Puddle of Mudd, has put his nü-metal stamp all over the major-label debut for young rockers Socialburn. The group's guitarist/singer/songwriter Neil Alday has the genre's signature scratchy, testosterone-charged vocals and sorrowful lyrics down pat. While many of the musical arrangements ring a Creed or Puddle of Mudd bell, Socialburn ably lays down competent tunes. Any track would fit right into radio's present hard-rock-heavy playlists. Plus, "One More Day" gives Alday a chance to stretch his vocal muscle, even rivaling Creed's Scott Stapp and Nickelback's Chad Kroeger. Socialburn might have a shot at representing the next generation of lovelorn guy rock. But in sounding so eerily like its predecessors, the band might have a hard time getting heard over the current nü-metal din.—SA