July 29, 2003
PAINT IT BLACK [I]CVA[/I] REVIEW
Well, there's no question about it; Jade Tree won the battle for Kid Dynamite's legacy. In the battle of the Blacks between Fat Wreck Chords' own Kid Dynamite offshoot None More Black and Jade Tree's own Paint It Black, Paint It Black wins by knockout in the third round.
The new kings of Philadelphia shred through seventeen tracks in not much more than the same number of minutes. With only half the songs pass the one minute mark, and none exceed two, "CVA" is short, fast, and loud enough to challenge even the legendary Kid Dynamite album. A hint of melody as if by accident permeates this otherwise uncorrupted fit of old school hardcore frenzy.
This genre of music is pretty straightforward, but Paint It Black is anything but. Without breaking or altering the rules at all, they soar over the benchmark and the superabundance of bands sitting on it. The sweat, spit, and blood pouring out of "CVA" is bound to be the envy of hardcore bands everywhere for years to come.
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