PAINT IT BLACK: New Lexicon: CD

New Lexicon is Paint it Black’s third edition of the textbook on how to make modern hardcore punk. There are a few revisions made, and a few more twists added; such as some spacey effects and more attention to melody (most notably the last track with Jeff from Naked Raygun singing backups). For the most part though, you know what you’re getting with Paint It Black: fast songs, a distinct lack of “mosh parts,” and lyrics ranging proudly from the political to the socio-political. If you’re into that sort of stuff, you’ll probably enjoy what is easily their best record yet. –Nick Toerner  –guest (Jade Tree)