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Where the hell did this come from?,
This review is from: You Come Before You (Audio CD)
Where the hell did this come from?! Poison The Well were a good band steadily rising to the top of the modern hardcore table with their blend of breakdowns and emotive bellows (imagine a wounded bison and you sort of get the picture). Then they released this.
Despite some melodies on previous release Tear From The Red I don't think anyone could have foreseen just how far Jeff Moreira had come vocally when You Come Before You hit. The effortless transition from leonine roar to soaring melody along with some traditional hardcore gravelly throat showed a vocal dexterity hitherto hidden.
It wasn't just Moreira who raised his game with You Come Before You. The whole band, led by principal song writer and lead guitarist Ryan Primack, brought new variation to the music so that, whilst previous releases could feel a little one dimensional at times, You Come Before You was an aural feast. The whole sound is quite percussive but avoids relying on breakdowns to achieve this whilst accommodating some high end noodling and ambient sounds from the guitarists.
There is not one bad track on this album, quality song after quality song is delivered with slow burners like Apathy Is A Cold Body and hardcore ragers like Zombies Are Good For Your Health showcasing a, seemingly newfound, love of diversity that we've seen continued in later releases.
Picking up the modern hardcore rule book and tearing it to shreds before setting it on fire and using the ash for guidance, You Come Before You still stands out as a milestone in the continued evolution of hardcore over the 21st century