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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
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  1.   Song
  2.   Botchla
  3.   Nerdy
  4.   12/23/93
  5.   Pieces Of You In Me
  6.   Wrecking Itself Taking You with Me
  7.   Moments Over Exaggerate
  8.   Material Christ
  9.   Turn Down Elliot
  10.   Rings From Corona
  11.   Lost in Silence
  12.   Bowie
  13.   Breathing's for the Birds
  14.   You Will Not Be Welcomed
  15.   Meeting Again for the First Time
  16.   To Mandate Heaven
  17.   Slice Paper Wrists
  18.   Deportation Spreads
  19.   D10 D11
  20.   Without You and One Other I Am Nothing
  21.   Who Doesn't Love a Good Dismemberment
  22.   When You Lose I Lose as Well
  23.   Sparks It Will Rain
  24.   Pamplemousse
  25.   Makeshift Clay You
  26.   Exist Underground
  27.   Celebrate the Pyre
  28.   Are You Anywhere
  29.   Letter Thing
  30.   Pleading Post
  31.   Prematurito el Baby
  32.   Naive Monarch
  33.   PSA
  34.   Crystal Lake
  35.   Pleasant Bullet
  36.   Apathy Is a Cold Body
  37.   Zombies Are Good for Your Health
  38.   A) The View from Here Is... B) A Brick Wall
  39.   Loved Ones
  40.   Ghostchant
  41.   Grain of Salt (What's the Use of Having a Heart)
  42.   Karsey Street
  43.   Wish For Wings That Work
  44.   For a Bandaged Iris
  45.   Lazzaro
  46.   Sticks and Stones Never Made Sense
  47.   Artist's Rendering of Me
  48.   Run Desire Gone Clean
  49.   Nagaina
  50.   Sounds Like the End of the World
  51.   Torn
  52.   Horns and Tails
  53.   Mid Air Love Message
  54.   The Opinionated Are So Opinionated
  55.   My Mirror No Longer Reflects
  56.   New Fast
  57.   Purple Sabbath
  58.   A#no.1
  59.   Riverside
  60.   Shuffle
  61.   The Realist
  62.   Slow Good Morning
  63.   Parks And What You Meant To Me
  64.   Obstacle
  65.   Not Within Arms Length
  66.   Composer Meet Corpse
  67.   The Notches That Create Your Headboard
  68.   Cinema
  69.   Antartica Inside Me
  70.   The First Day of My Second Life

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