Paint it Black [I]New Lexicon[/I] Review

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 boasts guest vocals from Jeff Pezatti (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. Copies available on colored vinyl. Under exclusive license from Jade Tree.

01. The Ledge
02. Four Deadly Venoms
03. We Will Not
04. Past Tense, Future Perfect
05. Missionary Position
06. White Kids Dying Of Hunger
07. Gravity Wins
08. Dead Precedents
09. 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

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