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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.

Customer Reviews

Is "The Tropic Rot" Poison the Well's best album ever?

Who cares?! It's the best record released this year, you can't pick up anything better than The Tropic Rot. The songs not only come together as a single unified piece, but they also stand very well on their own. Poison the Well has done this with their most recent releases, but this one does it best. Versions was best listened to as an entire album, and this one is very satisfying when done in the same fashion, but you can get that same feeling from listening to any single track on its own. Get it now! You won't regret it, I promise.

These Guys Need Some Practice...

Since Tear From The Red, PTW has been releasing some mixed bag albums. Having had as many members come in and oout of the band cant really give them a decent chance to find an honest sound. Im not gonna bad mouth this band because since the beginning of emo type metal/hardcore, these guys have been doing it better and more creatively way before it spawned an awful scene of clone bands. But this album is just sounds like their clammoring to reinvent this odd sound they created with Versions. And its just messy.

speaking as an old fan, this rules.

This is easily going to be one of the top 3 heavy records of the year. For the sake of comparison, its basically Versions with balls. Its as if they realized they'd pushed the boundaries of hardcore to the outer limits and decided to go back to the business of pulverizing ear drums. I couldn't be happier.


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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