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Paint It Black
Jade Tree Records

I've been getting a lot of hardcore lately, but Paint It Black has become the new yard stick by which I measure all the rest. Paying a well desearved nod to old-school hardcore such as Minor Threat and older New Model Army, PIB infuses a plethora of lessons-learned from the past to create an instant classic for the future. Veering more to the DC school of rock thanks to producer J. Robbins, the album is full of anthems and quick-witted melodic guitar changes that bring excellent pay-offs.

Guitars get the most exposure on the record as Robbins accurately gives them the most bang for the buck, micro-managing the transitions and sound effects for each song, so there is not the feel of repetition common to most hardcore albums. Bass and drums lose space in the sound, a worthy sacrifice for the whole, but a careful discerning ear can tell that both players are no amateurs, as they hold their own in the constant barrage of music. Vocals have to walk a specific line for me; they have to be pertinent and direct while carrying good melodic lines. All these requirements were met and exceeded, with the addition of some excellent hooks, and sparingly used backings that emphasized - without overbearing - the songs they were in.

A solid effort, Paradise hits all the right chords maintaining a strict hardcore edge but varying the minor influences to create something different.


Track listing:

1) Election Day
2) Pink Slip
3) Exit Wounds
4) Ghosts
5) The New Brutality
6) Athiests In Foxholes
7) Nicaragua
8) Labor Day
9) Burn The Hive
10) Panic
11) Angel
12) The Pharmacist
13) 365
14) Memorial Day

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