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The Opposite of December / Tear from the Red

Poison the Well

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Arguably the best hardcore album ever

A long, drawn out review may attempt to spoil you from what awaits in "The Opposite of December" - which is the sole inspiration behind the modern Metalcore genre. I'll be as brief as possible. Lyrically, nothing compares to the pain, depth and sincerity Jeff brings to your ears - the album's closer "My Mirror No Longer Reflects" is probably one the greatest (and most haunting) endings to any album ever made. The instrumentals are often crushing, yet unexpectedly subdued with melodic elements - a technique they've popularized. Immerse yourself in a rare musical experience - bone chilling yet beautiful. Next, consider "Tear from the red" a continuation of their debut - paralyzingly but not quite as gripping. By this time, Poison the Well spawned dozens of imitators, inadvertently casting a shadow over their own innovations. Still, you get two excellent albums for the price of one with this reissue- you will not forget either.

Holy Smokes

"The Opposite of December" is one of the greatest albums ever released, any genre of music. On top of that you get the pretty good follow up "Tear From the Red". Amazing deal.

The Opposite Of December ...

This alum changed how I viewed and listened to music. I bought it on advice from a store clerk at a small music store because I was looking for something heavy but not the same old sound ( this was back in 2002) If you love where MetalCore has taken us, you must own this album because without them you would not have that sound. This is considered Punk but it truly is HardCore with poetic lyrics and melodic change ups that keep you intensly listening. Poison The Well and another band called Diecast were leaders in today's new sounds.


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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