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

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