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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 3, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ferret Records
  • ASIN: B000NJXBY0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,720 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Letter Thing
2. Breathing's For The Birds
3. Nagaina
4. The Notches That Create Your Headboard
5. Pleading Post
6. Slow Good Morning
7. Prematurito El Baby
8. Composer Meet Corpse
9. You Will Not Be Welcomed
10. Naive Monarch
11. Riverside
12. The First Day Of My Second Life

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Poison The Well's new album, Versions, is about to turn the heavy music landscape upside down. And in case you somehow missed the last few years: that's just par for the course. The band could have easily recreated the seminal fury of The Opposite of December or Tear from the Red. Or rested on the laurels of the creative apex of 2003's You Come Before You. Instead, the band's Ferret Music debut is nothing less than the next step-forward for the entire genre. Combined sales of over 300,000 records (in the US alone) is ample evidence that what the Florida band has been doing since 1998 -- combining brutal dirges with moody experimentation -- has connected with the people who have seen them on Warped Tour and Sounds Of The Underground. Like their tour-mates in the Deftones, Thrice or Cursive, Poison The Well is not afraid to push the envelope, and their supporters always choose to follow -- even when corporate America craps its pants.

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Poison The Well's new album, Versions, is about to turn the heavy music landscape upside down. And in case you somehow missed the last few years: that's just par for the course. The band could have easily recreated the seminal fury of The Opposite of December or Tear from the Red. Or rested on the laurels of the creative apex of 2003's You Come Before You. Instead, the band's Ferret Music debut is nothing less than the next step-forward for the entire genre.

Like the band, the "kids" wouldn't have it any other way. Poison The Well's audience is always up for the challenge. A combined sales of over 300,000 records (in the US alone) is ample evidence that what the Florida band has been doing since 1998 -- combining brutal dirges with moody experimentation -- has connected with the people who have seen them on Warped Tour and Sounds Of The Underground. Like their tour-mates in the Deftones, Thrice or Cursive, Poison The Well is not afraid to push the envelope, and their supporters always choose to follow -- even when corporate America craps its pants.

The album is imbibed with grooving swampiness and esoteric contemplation, all anchored by the brutal stomp that has been imitated by many in the year's since PTW first emerged, but never duplicated. Written over the past year and recorded in Sweden with producers Pelle Henricsson and Eskil Lovstro -- the masterminds responsible for Refused's "The Shape of Punk to Come" -- the album is a mission statement from a band renewed and resolved to conquer new artistic ground at every turn, on their own terms.

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The more you listen to this album, the more you will be amazed by how refreshingly unique it is.
Tophe07
Not because you like hardcore, because you expect a band to make music just to fit into a genre, rather than music they themselves desire to make.
CriticNic
If PTW's 1st album "The Opposite of December" would've been released in 2003, it would've been a commercial giant.
KevinDeets

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tophe07 on April 25, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
These guys have really done it this time. Anyone who's followed PTW over the years has been treated to constant progression. They've decided to follow their hearts instead of following what many of their fans and the industry have demanded.

With 'You Come Before You,' PTW broke away from being thought of as a Hardcore band. With 'Versions' PTW has crept into a totally different territory. The more you listen to this album, the more you will be amazed by how refreshingly unique it is.

The music goes from surreal to epic to disturbing to powerful, and never stays in one emotion long enough to let you get comfortable.

It's truly inspiring to see this band innovate when they could just as easily dumb it down to sell a few more CDs. I get the feeling that these guys understand how short life is, and realize that there is no point in messing around with mediocrity.

This album will surely get buried under all the other garbage that's being released. But hey, that's alright. Because for the small group of people that are touched by this music, it'll be profoundly rewarding.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By KevinDeets on April 23, 2007
Format: Audio CD
If PTW's 1st album "The Opposite of December" would've been released in 2003, it would've been a commercial giant. That was one of the most ground-breaking and influential albums in melodic hardcore, metalcore, or whatever genre you want to call it. Unfortunately PTW did not share the commercial success that other bands (Shadows Fall, Atreyu, Underoath, Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying) had during that time.

"Versions," likewise, is way ahead of its time. It's really the 1st album, at least that I've heard, to fuse country w/ metal & hardcore. This album has the band stepping into uncharted territory. The use of twangy guitars, banjos, and horns add a different flavor to the album without being over-used, as evident on "Slow Good Morning" & "Riverside." Songs like "Letter Thing" & "The Notches that Create Your Headboard" are fast, driving tunes that'll please vintage PTW fans. "Nagiana" starts off a a laid back, soothing track that continues to build into an intense climax. The album also has Ryan doing some new riffing and Jeff using a vocal style that is a perfect mix of his melodic singing and his screaming. My favorite song on the album is "Prematurito El Baby."

This album probably will not be a commercial success, but it may very well have the same impact on heavy that "The Opposite of December" had. Pick this album up. Give it a few listens. You'll be impressed. I guarantee it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Gutowski on April 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD
First off, just get this album.

Then listen, and enjoy.

You'll then notice that the more you listen, the better it gets. If you're liking parts, after a few listens you'll probably be enjoying the entire album. Eventually you'll realize just how incredible this album is. Then later on, a radio is turned on, you wince, and long for this CD or something of similar high caliber.

In summary, this is not a business venture, but rather it's innovation and originality. It is music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By UltraJoeBot on October 2, 2007
Format: Audio CD
With the current metalcore scene producing a new band every minute, each one tuning their guitars just as low as the last one, it's easy to get lost. Someone screams indiscernibly over pounding double bass, which then alternates with a catchy, melodic anthem of a chorus, and the occasional breakdown is thrown in for good measure. The formula sounds great for about 15 minutes, after which the monotony takes over and the repetitive hollow structures start blending the interchangeable songs into a calculated blur, leaving you desperate for something with actual substance. Going to see a show with four metalcore bands on the bill can be like listening to Atreyu on your iPod on the way to the venue, to see an Atreyu tribute band open for Atreyu. When the house music blasts over the PA in between sets, you're probably in store for some more Atreyu.

So it's great to hear one of the bands who pioneered the genre, continuing to break new ground, unafraid of pushing the envelope even further. On their new album Versions, Miami veterans Poison The Well largely abandon the hardcore roots that they had already begun shying away from on 2003's You Come Before You. Instead of the slow, chunky palm-muted riffs that were so heavily featured on their earlier work, Versions finds guitarist Ryan Primack employing a more blues-influenced style, exploring the whole spectrum of his instrument. Like the dirty tone and dissonant chord voicings used to such brutal effect by bands like Tomahawk, it's less of a swampy crunch and more of a spaghetti western jangle. It's loud, noisy, and beautifully discordant, but most of all, it doesn't sound like anything their peers are doing.
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1 of 0 people found the following review helpful By Dennis W. Alvey on May 22, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Dont have a lot of time to review. I'm just gonna go with "uh... this record is awesome". These guys sound like a different band and a better band every time i hear them. Loved this record.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Murat Batmaz on June 2, 2007
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Considering Poison The Well has had close to fifty member changes over the years, it is amazing how they are still able to preserve the core elements of their music, without falling into the trap of being terribly repetitive like most of the metalcore bands out there. Versions sees them developing a sound that marks their music more diverse than anything else they have released before.

They have abandoned the more straightforward aspects of their earlier work, and to compensate for the lack of ever-present energy, they have incorporated an array of rich instrumentation, including non-metal ingredients like banjo, mandolin, et cetera. This has certainly enhanced the melodic quality of songs like "Letter Thing" and "Breathing's for the Birds", both of which seamlessly juxtapose their aggressive vocal stylings and intense guitar riffery with more cultivated melodic arrangements and escalating synth parts. While the brutal aggression certainly takes a secondary role here, the clever arrangements and solid production work perfectly to highlight the music on the entire album.

Chris Hornbrook's drumming and percussion throughout the CD is stunning, especially on the two shorter cuts "Prematurito El Baby" and "Composer Meet Corpse", complete with killer sound effects and rhythmic clusters. As for Ryan Primack's guitar work, he starts most of the tunes with clean acoustic intros, as on "Nagaina" -- a strong mixture of sludge-driven riffage and pain-ridden vocals -- and "Pleading Post", arguably the zenith of this album in that it fills large spacey sections with myriad background noises propelled by enigmatic vocal shifts and super melodic guitar transitions.
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