PAINT IT BLACK: Amnesia: 7” EP

I heard bits of Paint It Black years ago and didn’t think much of ‘em. Not bad by any standards, but it didn’t capture me, and thus I didn’t pay attention to what they did. That being said, I didn’t know what to expect from this. Crudely, this is a piece of modern hardcore that isn’t a complete outcast from Bridge 9’s catalog as a whole. However, leaving it at that would not do it justice. After the quality of the production value, the first thing that hit me was how heated and ferocious this is—pretty unrelenting. However, PIB accompanies the pummeling with melody, such that the melody doesn’t detract from overall force—kinda makes me wonder if this is what Gorilla Biscuits would be like if they were angrier and around now. It also makes me want to reassess my previous thoughts about Paint It Black.

 –Vincent (Bridge 9,