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PAINT IT BLACK’s New Lexicon was not easy to produce, but it’s gritty, thunderous and ugly—just the way hardcore punk should be.

New Lexicon marks PAINT IT BLACK’s first recording with new drummer Jared Shavelson (Hope Conspiracy, None More Black) and Josh Agran (Knives Out) and boasts guest vocals from Jeff Pezzati (Naked Raygun). Still, many of the best surprises occur behind the scenes.

Rather than straining to re-create “lo-fi” in a studio, New Lexicon rings in an aggressive clarity from engineer J. Robbins’ (Modern Life is War, Against Me!). With a thick low-end up front (think Bad Brains’ Roir sessions), New Lexicon says that aggression doesn’t have to be found only in thick guitars.

From here, the album was passed on to co-producer Oktopus of the indie hip hop group Dalek. Here, the existing sounds of feedback, bass booms and cymbal crashes were twisted into haunting ambient interludes and serpentine waves trailing behind the buzz saw riffs.

With little debate, this is PAINT IT BLACK’s finest hour… or, half-hour, anyway, with 15 songs clocking in at a dizzying 30 minutes, 26 seconds.

New Lexicon is out now in stores and is . The digital version of the album is available from , , , and most other digital music services.

New Lexicon is available on vinyl through and will also soon be available in the Jade Tree estore.

Thoughout Europe, the album is available from and in Japan, .

1. The Ledge
2. Four Deadly Venoms
3. We Will Not
4. Past Tense, Future Perfect
5. Missionary Position
6. White Kids Dying of Hunger
7. Gravity Wins
8. Dead Precedents
9. The Beekeeper
10. Check Yr Math
11. So Much for Honour Among Thieves
12. New Folk Song
13. Saccharine
14. Severance
15. Shell Game Redux

Of course, that’s not all. PAINT IT BLACK is preparing to hit the road in support of the album. Check out the dates below.

02/22/2008 Allentown, PA @ Jan’s Room (with War Hungry, Middle America, and Torch Bearer)


03/01/2008 New York, NY @ Knitting Factory New York*
03/02/2008 Providence, RI @ The Living Room
03/03/2008 Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East
03/04/2008 Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Park Convention
03/05/2008 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
03/06/2008 Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage
03/07/2008 Virginia Beach, VA @ Peppermint Beach Club

*Word on the street is that there are still a few tickets available to the exclusive in-store in NYC with the purchase of New Lexicon.

Keep an eye on the for any tour related updates and further details.

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