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Poison The Well

Hailing from Florida's southern tip, Poison the Well arose quickly within the underground hardcore punk scene, becoming a major touring act in several U.S. markets on the strength of a confident debut album and energized live performances. The band favored a style of metalcore that evoked the guitar histrionics of Slayer and the brutal stomp of Hatebreed, while also balancing the proceedings with doses of warmth and melody. The result attracted attention from major labels, resulting in a brief stint on the roster of Atlantic Records. Although the band's tenure in the major leagues was short, Poison the Well remained a potent draw among hardcore punk fans, and albums like 2007's Versions illustrated a willingness to push boundaries without losing the band's metal-styled muscle.

Poison the Well initially took shape under the name An Acre Lost, a band formed by original Poison the Well vocalist Aryeh Lehrer and guitarist Ryan Primack. After releasing a split 12" through Ohev Records, the musicians adopted a new name and issued 1998's Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder, an EP featuring new material and several tracks from the spit 12". Poison the Well's lineup was amorphous from the start, hinting at the numerous transformations in personnel that would later occur. Since the group's formation in 1998, however, the most recognizably stable lineup has consisted of Primack, guitarist Derek Miller, vocalist Jeff Moreira, bass player Mike Gordillo, and drummer Chris Hornbrook.

In 1999, the band signed a record deal with the notable New Jersey-based hardcore imprint Trustkill, and they commenced work on a debut full-length album after spending that summer on tour. The Opposite of December was recorded at Studio 13 with producer Jeremy Staska at the helm, and the album proved to be a smash success on the hardcore scene. Combined with the group's incessant touring regimen, it helped establish them as a premier metalcore act. Poison the Well spent most of 2001 on the road, touring with the likes of Cryptopsy and Candiria while working on material for their sophomore effort, 2002's Tear from the Red.

The band's innovative third album, You Come Before You, was released in 2003 by Atlantic Records. Poison the Well had graduated to the major leagues, and the guys closed out the year with a slot on the annual Take Action Tour and end-of-year concerts with Every Time I Die and the Bronx. Lineup changes also took place, and by early 2005, Poison the Well were comprised of Primack, Moreira, Hornbrook, guitarist Jason Boyer, and bassist Benjamin Brown. The bandmates continued to tour and work on new material through the year, and the following summer was spent on the third annual Strhess Tour alongside acts like Shadows Fall, It Dies Today, and Still Remains.

By the end of 2006, Poison the Well had lost their association with Atlantic and returned to the indie world by partnering with Ferret Records. Additional changes arrived in the form of the band's fourth album, Versions, which incorporated instruments like banjo, mandolin, and slide guitar into a brash, Western-tinged sound. Two years later, however, the band returned to a traditional hardcore sound with The Tropic Rot. ~ Ryan J. Downey, Rovi
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Damn I love the song Nerdy especially since it was the first song I learned how to play on the drums and played it for the longest time to get my head off of the bull s**t that I was going through and plus I just wanted to be able to say that I could play their music and from that point on I've been listening to them and their sick f**king break downs because it used to get me so f**king pumped up to go into the pits
Damn I remember when I first heard these guys I was in high school and that was when I first got into the world of hard core and metal music and I just feel in love with it especially since I have been having a lot of s**t go wrong in my life
2def4u
You come Before You, one of the greatest albums ever written, so bummed they split up.
Ptw for Life
I always enjoy their pre-"You Come Before You" music more...
Feeling it, hard rock roots, varying tempo and time signatures, mixed minor & major key tonality, dirty electric guitar riffs and a gravelly male vocalist. Yup sounds awesome!
Agreed ta214m5- Definitely one of my all time favorite bands period!! I only wish I had been able to see them... This station is absolutely fabulous!! All the bands are amazing on here!! Takes me back, always good memories :^) Some of these bands I've gotten the pleasure and privilage of seein' and others, well, there's still hope and time ;^)
You come before you is one of my all time favs
awesome band
what year was tropic rot published?
jpcarlson05
nerdy just came up, and it looks like they corrected the coverart for opposite of december
alexscothern
Opposite of December was a gateway album for me. Pointed me in a musical direction and I never looked back. Love you PTW.
P.S., Pandora is not displaying the correct album art for The Opposite. The real one is way more badass.
I miss this band so much!
Will always be one of my favorite bands. Always. Hope you guys make more music in the future....
one of my favorite bands of all time!
dstacey20
Sick!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
bromide01
SLEIGH BELLS RULEZ!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
THIS SUCKS! IT'S BORING!
bromide01
Ha ha. He's in a girl band now.
one of the most original, sincere bands to ever be pigeon-holed "metalcore". True dat
why do all these metal bands take there band picture in the woods. is that sopose to make look hardcore or something. it makes them look like they need a hug
you dont have either of their good albums, i have never been more disapointed in my entire life...
I won't be happy until Opposite of December is here. Drums sound phenomenal on that album...
I dont like this band anymore they sounds like nothing..... d o n t f**king tell me there is melody in their new album.... hahaha those guys are used and tired they should retire before releasing another crapy album like versions.... thats my opinion f**got
nconn32986
tropic rot is epic
All of the naysayers who say that Poison the Well are "blah" now are obviously not interested in artistic evolution. "Versions" is by far my favorite PTW album for it's creativity, atmosphere and still uncompromise d energy. They've come such a far way and I think that they become better and better with every album. True artistry lies in progression, not in staying the same to please other people.
f**king phenomenal.. . past and present.
Zombies may or may not be good for your health, depending on the respawn timer.
HAHAHA. i love chknCOOP's comment. but yeah, i love this band so much. they rock.
Poison the Well is soo blah now. Opposite of December is one of the best hardcore albums in that time frame. Most excellent albums came out around then. Botch, Drowningman, Converge good ole times.
chris_smith0 5
i agree with last comment
WTF!??!??!?!
Where the hell is "Opposite of December" and "Tear from the Red"??? Those are my favorites!!
Fail, Pandora.
Epic Fail.
divinehairsp r a y
As far as I know, there isn't a CD version of that....i think it's vinyl only
Does anyone know if there is a CD version of their album they cut when they were known as, "An Acre Lost"? I have all the Poison The Well albums but I want their early stuff, because their best album is "Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder."
coo thanks...

-ricky
botchla is on 'Tears from the Red'
does anyone know if there track "botchla" is on an album?
it doesnt say it is, atleast its not on the two albums above...

-ricky
irishdrpkik
exactly, if you cant see how they have evolved you obviously dont understand music to well...Poiso n the well is my number band of all time and always will be!
NO MATTER WHAT, WILL ALWAYS LOVE THEM.
03 album rules fkn life man... they sound horrible now

SHAME !!

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