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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the true greats,
This review is from: The Opposite of December (Audio CD)Ah, PTW's legendary debut album. Back in the day i was quite the hardcore fan before i got back into metal, and Oppossite of December was often my weapon of choice.
While those listening to the band for the first time might not find much new going on here, let them remember that PTW were one of the pioneering bands of this style and OOD spawned many an imitator on both sides of the Atlantic. It seems so simple looking back at what they did - combining the red-raw aggression of metallic hardcore with the sad, melancholic sounds of bands like Novembre of Hypocracy whilst throwing in plenty of crushing metal thrashing and stattaco riffs with some wonderfully dynamic and well placed clean singing and acoustic breaks - but at the time when this album dropped they were sublime. Enshewing hardcore's overt macho-ness, the band showed an amazing degree of humanity and vulnerabiliy beneath the storming metallic mealstrom of tortured screaming, churning guitars and Chris Hornbrock's tight drumming. Despite this, the band also avoid the pitful of many that followed them by not letting the softer moments become pitiful angsty whining, and as far as the whole hardcore/metalcore thing goes, i think OOD really found a perfect balance between aggression and melody - screaming with soul and purpose.
For me, it's kinda strange to look back at this album, which was for a long time my favourite. I remember the days when the 2nd wave of hardcore was just breaking. it was the late 90s early 2000s, nu-metal was at its peak and the metal airwaves were awash with tedious rap-metal and equally boring alternative-grunge rock bands that all sounded about 10 years out of date. Bands like PTW, From Autumn to Ashes, Converge, Dillinger Escape Plan, Skycamefalling, Evergreen Terrace, Zao, Hopesfall, Cave in, Drowning Man, Burnt by the Sun - it was such an exciting time with so many wonderful bands with a lot of variety in their sounds. But then the scene got to big for its own boots, a horrible fashion obsession crept into the proceedings and now every hardcore band sounds the same. But the memories of those great years before all that are enshrined in this album, and I get a warm fuzzy feeling of nostalgia every time i hear numbers like 'artists rendering of me' or the chilling end to 'my mirror no longer reflects'
This album sets a gold standard for metalcore that many would try and top, but few, including the band themselves, ever would. Tear From The Red and You Come Before You both had some great moments, but still were not a patch on Opposite of December, and the less said about Versions and Tropic Rot the better. But even some 10 years later, I still feel the Season of Seperation pulling at me every now and again.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poison your mind!!! (in a good way!) :),
This review is from: The Opposite of December (Audio CD)POison the well are as quality a Hardcore band as you can find. The band are soon to release 4th album proper "You come before you" which is amazing. "The opposite of demember" (2nd album proper) shows the quiality of the band even at this early stage int heir career! An underground favourite who have steadily risen to fame and for good reason.
Musically the album is a mix of searing guitars, moving from chunky muted riffs to soaring open chords. The basslines could do with being higher int he mix (but hey, you cant have everything). The drumming is usual harcore quality and the vocals are excellent! (growling screaming and a little singing for good measure).
In a sea of similar hardcore bands PTW are the cream of the crop! Always refining their sound and not afraid to progress unlike other hardcore bands! The lyrics are angry. the music is angry. but this is beautiful! This is the kind of ugly yet beautiful music that gives you a shiver down your spine.
Get this! Dont think about it! just get it! If you dont like it you dont like metal. Go back to your limp bizkit CD and sit in the corner!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius,
This review is from: The Opposite of December (Audio CD)This really is a fantastic album from beginning to end. Anyone who has any interest in the Hardcore genre should try and get hold of this album. The best qualities are the progressive mixture of musical sytle and vocals. One moment the vocals will be harsh and loud, angry and violent, and within seconds the song will slow dramatically with the help of melodic guitairs and some fantastic drum work. There is no denying that this is a very heavy album, however it differs from alot of music considered to fall under the genre. Through the vocals I always feel that Poison the Well have a little more depth than the average hardcore band.
I give this album a full 5 stars, it deserves as much.
4.0 out of 5 stars challenging screamcore,
This review is from: The Opposite Of December (Audio CD)this is poison the wells debut album and is seven years old now,but retains all of its anger,melody and purpose.Its an album that has as much emotion as any album you are likely to hear and at 28 minutes long is extremely focused and is all killer.
The album opens with the jawbreaking classic 12/23/93 and in those 3 minutes you get a prime example of what the band are about,spine breaking brutality with fearless melodies and sing a long chorus',maybe thats standard practice now and maybe even then but this is more than run of the mill music.
Slice paper wrists is the most memorable track of them all i would say as it is impossible not to love this song from the first listen,a million bands have been inspired by this grounbreaking album and i will leave it up to you to decide if they bettered it,i will say that the production isnt the strongest here but thats only a small gripe,nerdy is a heavy song that again will leave you in a shivering mess,the album closes with my mirror no longer reflects which is chaotic and builds into a crescendo of brutal riffing insanity,all in all an album you shouldnt ignore for much longer.
5.0 out of 5 stars Different,
This review is from: The Opposite Of December (Audio CD)PTW, what can you say about them? you could say that they're are one of the best bands of their genre but that wouldn't be enough, PTW blend anger, depression and so much beauty into their music, their songs basically bleed emotion, what PTW do the best is in their originality, forget about song structure this band want you to be suprised, screaming, melodic singing they do it all, and damn well.
This album in my opinion is their best, it's classic stuff from beginning to end, the opening track "12-23-93" sets the album up perfectly, simple guitars to even the most complexed riffs leading into a great chorus, and that's what you're going to get through the album.
Honourable mentions are the songs "Artists Rendering Of Me", "Slice Paper Wrists", "Nerdy", and the best PTW song in my opinion "My Mirror No Longer Reflects", an outstanding song, with a great guitar riff at the end of the song.
5.0 out of 5 stars rough diamond.....,
This review is from: Opposite of December (Audio CD)This is poison The Well's debut. The bassist and rythym guitarist are different from the other albums, but chris, derek and geoff hold the fort. Opposite of december is heavier/ more screamo than their newer excerts. Geoff's screaming voice is fresh and amazing, but at points his singing can be a bit monotone, lacking in technique. This album shows the bands humble roots and if you like there other stuff you'll like this. Great when your really pissed off and just need to de- anger yourself. well worth buying!
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exellent, highly recommended,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Opposite of December (Audio CD)This is a really great CD! It has a lot of originality in it as well as a heavy influence from the band Zao. They use a wide range of dynamics, it could be a really mellow part then all of a sudden it'll be a really stompy and heavy. The vocals use a wide range as well. Most of the time the vocals are screamed ( don't be put off they are most excellent), but also there are harmonies. In places the vocals are also layered which give it a brilliant affect! The track "Artists rendering of me" is absolutely amazing! It's no wonder that so many other bands take influence from these. Each track has some similarity, but they are each unique in there own way. A definite recommendation. If you like Hardcore you'll love this!
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