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  • Audio CD (January 13, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Roadrunner UK
  • ASIN: B00061HTKC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,506,050 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 12/23/93
2. A Wish for Wings That Work
3. Artist's Rendering of Me
4. Slice Paper Wrists
5. Nerdy
6. To Mandate Heaven
7. Not Within Arms Length
8. Mid-Air Love Message
9. My Mirror No Longer Reflects

Customer Reviews

This album is a must for any metal/hardcore fan.
Anthony J. Knutson
I just started listening to Poison the Well and they are really good for a hardcore/grindcore screamo whatever they're considered now a days, band.
Zach
The guitar riffs, drum beats, and bass lines mold together to form a beautifully composed album.
radii

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Wheelchair Assassin on April 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I don't listen to much hardcore. While I have a certain respect for what bands like Hatebreed and Sick Of It All do, I think they too often just go charging forward and forget about things like writing interesting and memorable songs. So when it comes to hardcore, most of the time I'd rather listen to metal. Poison The Well, however, is different, and I mean that in the best possible way.
From the opener "12-23-93" all the way to the concluding "My Mirror No Longer Reflects," "Opposite of December" evinces nothing less than top-notch crafstmanship. Melody, complexity, heaviness, and raw emotion are all thrown into a blender here, and the result is some of the most insanely addictive and memorable stuff you could ever hope to hear. Poison The Well use hardcore as a jumping-off point, but elements of melodic metal and even progressive rock can also be heard. Like almost any great band, Poison The Well transcend the limits of any one genre. This is just great stuff, period.
The music has a lurching, spasmodic quality, like the very fabric of the Earth is being torn apart. The aggression and breakdowns associated with hardcore are here, but the precision of the playing and irregularity of the time signatures are more reminiscent of math metal bands like Meshuggah and the Dillinger Escape Plan. Of course, those are two of my favorite bands, so that's definitely a good thing. The guitar work of Derek Miller and Jose Martinez is especially impressive. Their riffs pack all the punch that you'd expect from any decent hardcore band, but they also carry an impressive sense of melody. Poison The Well isn't a band that has two guitarists for no apparent reason: the interplay and dynamics these guys create is stunning.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By General Zombie on March 31, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I will not mince words. This album rocks, flat-out. Rocks hard. If you enjoy rocking, get it. That's really all that needs to be said. Still, I'm gonna go on and on for a while.
This album combines the best elements of hardcore and metal with plenty of melody. It's complex and quite heavy like a metal cd, but adds a stronger emotional element and increased rawness. At it high points, this is some of the most emotionally intense music I've ever heard, particularly on the first 2 tracks and the end of the 8th track. PTW knows better than perhaps any band I can think of understand how to convey emotions with their instruments beyond sheer rage. The songs are quite concise, 3 minutes long on average, but they aren't your simply, 3-chord punk affairs by any means. There is nary a conventional song structure to be found here, with plenty of tempo and mood changes in every track. The vocals are well done, mainly consisting of pained howls with some low-key, occasionally near spoken word "clean" vocal sections. The drumming is powerful as well, with prominent placement in the mix and lots of double bass work.
All 9 tracks stand-out. 12/23/93 is one of the best, with some heart-wrenching, tragic lyrics(seems to be about a friends suicide?) and an immensely powerful final 1/3, beginning with a very brief but very affecting clean vox section finally degenerating into inhuman howling and shrieking guitar lines. Simply outstanding. A Wish For Wings That Work is next, and perhaps the single best track on the album, with more strong lyrics.(once again, about suicide) It has a great, subdued clean-guitar section with haunting spoken vox.(Forever is such an unpleasant word/It begins to eat at you, from the inside out/Beg for Sleep, as this noose is tied/around, around, your neck. Creepy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "free_to_fly_away_from_her" on June 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Wow is all I can say about this cd. A friend recently turned me onto this awesome hardcore group and I've loved them ever since. I love most kinds of music, but hardcore, especially Poison the Well, is the best! EVERYONE NEEDS THIS CD!...If you're just not into hardcore, you can at least appreciate their lyrical talents. I love Slice Paper Wrists, A Wish For Wings That Work, Artists Rendering Of Me, as well as My Mirror No Longer Reflects. And their songs just aren't all screaming, there's emotion and well, it's just indescrible. I don't think you can get this kind of beauty and maturity from any other group, especially if you spend your time listening to songs that the artists don't even write themselves. That's not music. PTW makes music, and damn good music at that. This genre isn't- well, to be blunt- isn't respected as much, and that's everyone else's problem. Just because you like hardcore doesn't mean your in a gang and plotting to kill somebody tonight. So don't think that buying this cd means your conformed to some stereotype. I love PTW and their music, and at least sample the songs if you're still not sure whether to get the cd or not. I hope my review helped you! :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "timmy-poo" on January 15, 2002
Format: Audio CD
First off, I'm not the biggest fan of hardcore music. Just not my main type of music I like to listen to. But this CD, and this band... how can you not like it? Any fan of heavy music should worship this CD. I'll admit, this is the only hardcore CD I own, but it's just simply amazing. There's great screaming, good lyrics, an amazing drummer, and brutal guitars. The thing that turns me off from most hardcore bands are the vocals - too much screaming, or incoherant screaming. Poison the Well include a lot of beatiful singing in their songs, and the contrast is is quite good. When they are screaming, it's intelligible and really conveys the power of the song. Check out 12/23/93, Slice Paper Wrists, Nerdy, and To Mandate Heaven to see what I'm talking about. Maybe they'll convert you too.
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