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The Tropic Rot (Deluxe Edition)

Poison the Well

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Album Review

After exploring elements of country music during 2007's Versions, Poison the Well revisit the lean machinations of hardcore punk with Tropic Rot. Gone are the mandolins, banjos, and acoustic guitars that added relief to the band's pummeling assault. Instead, Poison the Well return their focus the dividing line between melody and abrasion, often exploring both sides during the same song. Much of the grunt work is done by frontman Jeffrey Moreira, who screams his throat raw or sings in a brooding, alt rock croon according to the songs' demands, while his bandmates brew up ominous concoctions beneath him. Tropic Rot flirts with electronics and briefly references the western sounds that dominated Versions, but it defiantly lacks the liberal agenda of the band's last album, wishing to breathe new life into the hardcore realm rather than break the genre's conventions. As such, this is a fairly confident return to form, and longtime fans will likely file the album alongside The Opposite of December.

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This record's depth is beyond words. If music were a visual art, this album would be the Mona Lisa, period.

Biography

Formed: 1998 in Florida

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

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...
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