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

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