Paint It Black

CVA

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Don't dismiss Paint It Black as a typical wannabe punk band looking to capitalize on the new-millennium wave of angst rock. Their debut album, CVA, is layered with the classic high-speed percussion, throaty vocals, and aggressive presentation found in contemporary punk revivalists; however, Paint It Black don't lose themselves in the process of rebelling against the corporate machine. This 17-song set is ablaze in frontman Dan Yemin's intense state of mind. Vocally, he might come off sounding like everyone else, but he's sharp-witted on a lyrical level. He's quick in style and sound, and behind the harsh demeanor is compassion. Paint It Black are fearless in making such a trait work for them musically, and songs like "Womb Envy" and "The Fine Art of Falling Apart" may sway you to think this is nothing more than a mess. But again, Paint It Black refuse to be ignored. Dropkick Murphys have done it with being charming, but Paint It Black make it known that they're beyond that. CVA is loaded with political debates, lacking in tradition, and those aware of punk's ever-changing face will appreciate the bombast of Paint It Black.

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