When I first received this CD for review I was honestly expecting to give it a pretty dismal review. Contrary to (what seemed like) most of the people in Philadelphia, I really wasn’t all that impressed with Paint It Black’s demo…it didn’t blow me away like I was expecting it to. After the first listen, it seemed their latest full length CVA was going to meet the same fate. Determined to give a fair review, however, I made myself listen to this record over and over again (clocking in at under 20 minutes, this task was not all that difficult). With each subsequent listen, I found myself enjoying this record more and more, finding new things here and there to appreciate.

If you don’t know, PIB plays fast, angry hardcore that isn’t necessarily anything special, but I honestly don’t think that’s what they’re going for. They hit you in the face, say what they want to say and aren’t going to apologize if you don’t like it. I have to respect that, because they manage to sound different than most of the bands I’ve been hearing lately.

The bottom line for me is the simple fact that not only does Paint It Black not blow me away IMMEDIATELY, but it’s also not at all what you’d expect coming out of the members of this band. This unexpected sound is shocking at first, but once you simply take it for what it is, you can grow to seriously enjoy the record a lot. You just don’t expect such a fast and angry sound to come out of ex-members of Kid Dynamite, Lifetime and The Curse. A few things though: I still don’t like the demo songs. Granted, they sound a lot better re-recorded, but I still think the newer songs are better and I believe that as they write more, Paint It Black will continue to improve. Also, Dave Wagenshutz is still my favorite drummer in hardcore and punk rock by FAR.

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