What Dan Yemin and the rest of Paint It Black (including new drummer Jared Shavelson) do on “New Lexicon” is impressive to put it mildly. They claw their way through fifteen songs in just over half an hour with a sense of urgency and anger that you just don’t hear often enough. We did of course already hear it on the band’s two previous albums but for “New Lexicon” Yemin had some ideas on how to pimp the 80ies hardcore punk sound he has perfected over the years.
J Robbins did a wonderful job producing the album. Especially by bringing the bass way up front which makes my living room floor rumble and has me running for the table while yelling ‘earthquake!’ every single time. When the album was done, it was sent over to co-producer Oktopus of the indie hip hop group Dälek who worked his magic by transforming feedback and cymbal crashes into haunting sonic nightmares. The result is a an album that is as melodic as it is brutal and it does not bore for a single second. Extra kudos to the photographer who did a great job with the pics in the booklet!