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March 2, 2005

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Paint It Black is back with Paradise the follow-up to their 2003 release CVA. This album is hard, fast, loud, and unfortunately over before you know it (Please no sexual jokes). What else would you expect from members of Kid Dynamite, Lifetime, and Good Riddance? Paradise has a few less songs, but believe it or not it actually clocks in a few minutes longer than their debut, despite not a single song on this album clocking in over a minute forty-five. Despite their brevity, all the songs still come off sounding complete incorporating breakdowns and buildups to keep the songs more interesting than might be expected for a minute’s worth of music. The only shortcoming is that the songs tend to hit on similar formula throughout the album. However, if you are a fan of Paint It Black or Hardcore Punk in general, this won’t bother you in the slightest. If you’re looking for hardcore of a melodic nature, with throaty, gruff vocals, and some sing-a-longs to go with your circle pits, then pick up Paradise. What else are you going to do with that ten dollars; go see “Son of the Mask?” I didn’t think so.

For Fans of: Any band stemming from Kid Dynamite, Strike Anywhere, starting circle pits


Joel Parker