Paint It Black – New Lexicon

February 25, 2008

Thumping bass, frantic, screeching buzzsaw guitars, and growling, screaming vocals: Ah, the soothing sounds of hardcore punk are still alive, courtesy of Philadelphia band Paint It Black, who have just released their third album, New Lexicon. In between the fiercely delivered societal rants, they throw in some new wrinkles of their own, including the ambient/noise transitions between certain songs. It’s always good to hear a band carrying on the hardcore punk tradition, especially when it’s done with the passion and intelligence on display here. Standout cuts: “We Will Not,” “Past Tense, Future Perfect,” ” “New Folk Song” and “Shell Game Redux.”


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