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Poison the Well

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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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Poison the Well

    Metalcore

    Metalcore
    2 songs

Albums by
Poison the Well

Top Songs by
Poison the Well

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    Popularity
  2.   Botchla
  3.   Nerdy
  4.   12/23/93
  5.   Letter Thing
  6.   Slice Paper Wrists
  7.   Deportation Spreads
  8.   Pieces Of You In Me
  9.   Crystal Lake
  10.   Lost in Silence
  11.   Wish For Wings That Work
  12.   Turn Down Elliot
  13.   Not Within Arms Length
  14.   A#no.1
  15.   When You Lose I Lose as Well
  16.   Sparks It Will Rain
  17.   Celebrate the Pyre
  18.   The Notches That Create Your Headboard
  19.   Pleading Post
  20.   PSA
  21.   Apathy Is a Cold Body
  22.   The Opinionated Are So Opinionated
  23.   Torn
  24.   Sticks and Stones Never Made Sense
  25.   Artist's Rendering of Me
  26.   D10 D11
  27.   Run Desire Gone Clean
  28.   Shuffle
  29.   Purple Sabbath
  30.   Cinema
  31.   Pleasant Bullet
  32.   The Realist
  33.   A) The View from Here Is... B) A Brick Wall
  34.   For a Bandaged Iris
  35.   Material Christ
  36.   Parks And What You Meant To Me
  37.   Horns and Tails
  38.   Moments Over Exaggerate
  39.   Lazzaro
  40.   Obstacle
  41.   Without You and One Other I Am Nothing
  42.   Antartica Inside Me
  43.   The First Day of My Second Life
  44.   Naive Monarch
  45.   Riverside
  46.   Meeting Again for the First Time
  47.   Loved Ones
  48.   Ghostchant
  49.   Karsey Street
  50.   My Mirror No Longer Reflects
  51.   Mid Air Love Message
  52.   Breathing's for the Birds
  53.   You Will Not Be Welcomed
  54.   Bowie
  55.   New Fast
  56.   Who Doesn't Love a Good Dismemberment
  57.   Exist Underground
  58.   Are You Anywhere
  59.   Grain of Salt (What's the Use of Having a Heart)
  60.   Composer Meet Corpse
  61.   Rings From Corona
  62.   Prematurito el Baby
  63.   Nagaina
  64.   Sounds Like the End of the World
  65.   Slow Good Morning
  66.   To Mandate Heaven
  67.   Makeshift Clay You
  68.   Zombies Are Good for Your Health
  69.   Pamplemousse
  70.   Soma
  71.   Wrecking Itself Taking You with Me
  72.   Artists Renderign of Me
  73.   Medley
  74.   12/23/1993
  75.   Mid Air Love Massage
  76.   Tear From The Red
  77.   The View from Here Is.../A Brick Wall

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