• poison the well The Tropic Rot (CD, £11.50)

    label: ferret

    Poison the Well. Think for a second about just what those three words imply, and youíll have a good idea of how these South Florida-based posthardcore titans have approached music since their 1998 debut. With their fifth studio album, The Tropic Rot, Poison the Well reach the apex of the idea behind their name, rolling out a wide-angle take on heavy music thatís so fully realised in its boundary-pushing, it makes it impossible to imagine the genre in any other way. Like 2007ís Versions and the 2008 7Ē vinyl EP series I/III, II/III and III/III that sprang from that albumís sessions, The Tropic Rot is more post-hardcore than hardcore. Recorded in California with legendary producer Steve Evetts (Every Time I Die, Dillinger Escape Plan, The Cure, Story of the Year), the album finds PTW working with non-traditional instrumentation, cinematic influences and bigger-than-ever guitar and vocal melodies. Unlike the more wilfully eclectic approach on those releases, however, The Tropic Rot refines these outside inspirations to a veritable knifepoint.

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