Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Available to Download Now
Buy the MP3 album for 7.99
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available


Tropic Rot + Bonus Track (Aust Excl) [Extra tracks, Import]

Poison the Well Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Available from these sellers.

Buy the MP3 album for 7.99 at the Amazon Digital Music Store.

Amazon's Poison the Well Store

Visit Amazon's Poison the Well Store
for all the music, discussions, and more.

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Product details

  • Audio CD (3 July 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Ferret
  • ASIN: B002ECN4IC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 558,960 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
5.0 out of 5 stars
5.0 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raising the bar, again. 6 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
PTW have dug deep on this record and have really raised the bar. One of the first reviews I read of this album put it up there with Isis' Wavering Radiant as one of the top albums of the year. This left me a bit dubious, and on the first spin it appeared to be good, but no where near Isis' efforts.

However, on the third or so listen, it really grows into itself. It's no Opposite of December, but all the better for it. The record feels as if it's what PTW have been aiming for in the past ten years since Opposite was released (yes, TEN years ago!). It's unmistakably a PTW album, but everything is so much more sharper and precise. Maturer.
It's like comparing a can of effervescent excitable lager to a bottle of 10 year aged single malt. They're similar in base ingredients, and yet have a huge subtle distinction.

Top 10 record of the year, without a doubt.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible 25 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
I have been a Poison The Well fan for a number of years now and this, their sixth full-length, does not disappoint.

From the moment opening track 'Exist Underground' hits you, you'll be hooked. These are a band who stand firmly out from the rest of the metalcore crowd. They've always been a little different from the rest but I feel with this album, they've truly hit the nail on the head.

2007's 'Versions' took a lot of getting used to, as the band were experimenting with new sounds and had just suffered a severe line-up change, forcing them to record as a 3-piece. It seems as though 'The Tropic Rot' achieves everything that fell (albeit slightly) short on the last record. The style is very similar but there are no tracks that in any way lower the bar set by the opening track.

This album shows the band's ability to create raw, aggressive songs whilst throwing in a lot of melody and tons of experimentation. They seem to draw influences from a huge range of genres which really makes for interesting listening. I'd recommend this album to any open-minded fan of heavy music. This is Poison The Well's best album yet.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  14 reviews
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poison the Well does it again 8 July 2009
By Josh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Like another reviewer here, I've been a fan of Poison the Well for quite some time. What I never seem to understand is why people complain about how they've changed. Of course Poison the Well has changed since The Opposite of December. They have dug deep into their musical talents and more importantly, their lives. If you can hear the lyrics on this album, you will feel them as well. At this point, I've listened to this album more times in completion than I did when Versions first came out (and I love Versions). The other reviewer I've read probably heard a few songs before giving their honest opinion. The best way to describe the way this album flows is a mix between You Come Before You and Versions in the sense that The Tropic Rot brings the more raw emotion that Poison the Well brought with You Come Before You, and the more polished and musically pioneering sound of Versions.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just keeps getting better and better 17 Jan 2010
By The Expanse - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
PTW was a slow grow for me. The first album I got by them was Versions...a noisy, static-filled, chaotic rock record that sounded like Hank Williams got kidnapped by The Refused and provided half the studio instrumentation. (And the record worked - very well - but that's not the record I'm reviewing now :)) This one is way easier to like on the first listen, and continues to develop, because of how strong the songs are. These guys make a fast punk beat sound so much heavier than any other band. They have a great ear for balancing the clean and screamed vocals to create dynamics within their pounding songs. They continue to push the envelope of hardcore, leaving all breakdowns and gimmicks behind and giving me hope that there's a future for the genre. (track to sample: "Antarctica Inside Me")
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars f'ing p*ssed ptw broke up... 2 Oct 2012
By Kory C. Bentley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
...but they took a bow on an extremely positive note. I've been into ptw since you come before you. And backtracked their discography since then. I'm a swedish death metal fan with a soft spot in my heart for metalcore (botch, glassjaw, poison the well). This album is just fantastic. The progressive sound of versions meets the heavy rythms and epic clean choruses of all their previous records. Its got that unique twanginess (if that's even a word), but its the "wild west" kyuss vibe you get from versions. Idk its hard to explain. But I love this cd!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album to date 16 Sep 2009
By Sneaky Pete - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Taking the intensity of "You come before You" and mixing it with the experimental dynamics of "Versions" equates to one of the best hardcore albums that has come out in a long time. This is a genuinely unique album that steps away from the traditional recipe of most heavy music to offer a true evolution. Poison the Well has absolutley nailed it on this release, a must own.
5.0 out of 5 stars (4.5 stars) An overall fine piece of American metalcore 10 Nov 2013
By A. Stutheit - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
To the uneducated pallet, Florida's Poison The Well might sound like "just another metalcore band." But before you go off believing such a ridiculous notion, realize that this quintet has been around for quite a long time. In fact, by dating all the way back to 1997, PTW actually predated most of the bands that are apart of this whole metallic hardcore craze of the new millennium, and even are the source of inspiration for many of the groups that really are apart of it. And plus, Poison The Well have some experimental-leaning releases to their name. On 2007's "Versions," for example, the band even went so far as to explore some country music tendencies. As such, 2009's "Tropic Rot" is not so much a rehash of the now very popular metalcore wave as it is a very confident and fairly triumphant (and indisputably successful) return to studded form.

The pummeling aggression of the set-opening "Exist Underground" does eventually relent by segueing through a tuneful part complete with bright and subtle melodies and emotive clean crooning, but is mostly centered around furious hardcore bellowing and heavy, churning guitars. And "Cinema" works in very similar fashion, as does "Sparks It Will Rain," which features similar-sounding elements while at the same time working in reverse order as "Exist Underground" and "Cinema." See, it boasts a melodic guitar intro that soon gives way to up-tempo aggression with heavy guitar and chugging bass riffs and visceral vocals.

After that, though, things take a turn for the more melodic side, starting with "Pamplemousse," which is a warm and inviting soundscape that finds supple melodic singing being laid over a flowing bass groove, and dexterous, marching drum fills. The tune is also highlighted by an excellent bass intro. And the succeeding "Who Doesn't Love A Good Dismemberment" might feature a grindcore-esque title, but is actually a song that explores more of the band's melodic and experimental side.

But back on their patented metallic hardcore sound, album centerpiece "Antarctica Inside Me" boasts an excellent energy crescendo, as the whole number builds to an amazing climax laden with big, doom-tinged riffs and throat-tearing screams. But said track then concludes with the sound of a mournful violin -- or at least something close to it -- playing in the background. As such, Poison The Well might come under some intense scrutiny for including this part, but they at least deserve props for keeping the arrangements unpredictable. "When You Lose I Lose As Well" also furthers this increasingly experimental, melodic, and subdued side of PTW, as it is almost completely acoustic and cleanly sung, although it does conclude with a couple of Slipknot-worthy screams.

Moving along, both "Are You Anywhere?" and the album-closer, "Without You And One Other I Am Nothing," offset lightly-plucked guitar melodies with explosive blasts of abrasive metalcore/metallic hardcore. But before you get your panties in too much of a twist, realize that there are a couple of songs (near the end of the record) that are almost completely brutal, and rip pretty much from start to finish. "Celebrate The Pyre," for example, is one blistering song that, with its buzzsaw riff and commanding bellows, offsets PTW's more experimental ventures by putting melody on the far back burner. And so does "Makeshift Clay You," which is a much more traditional and straightforward jaunt of classic American hardcore that lays forcefully pounding drums, Jamey Jasta-stylized vocals, and blustery guitars over a solid, grumbling bass bottom.

"The Tropic Rot" might not feature any real, genuine classics, but it does have a number of different standouts that are well worth your time, attention, support, and hard-earned money if you are into hardcore, raw metalcore, and/or crossover. These are all songs that prove that proves Poison The Well still have plenty of game left in them, no matter how old they might be.
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Look for similar items by category