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I have to admit to never having heard of Poison the Well before I bought this, I bought it on the strength of a magazine review, and having heard just the opening track. But in no way was I disappointed. The main thing that makes this album so outstanding is the way it can switch from mild, melodic tunefulness to hardcore heaviness in a matter of seconds, always grabbing your attention. A prime example of this is track 4, 'Meeting Again For The First Time', which takes the classic quiet/loud dynamic and stretches it to the max. The cryptic lyrics add a hint of mystery also, working out what each song is about is part of the fun.
This album continues to get better everytime I listen to it, which is frequently. Track highlights include 'The Realist', 'Pleasant Bullet' and 'Apathy is a Cold Body'.
I'm not even entirely sure what I like about this so much. I suggest you buy it and find out for yourself.
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
Let's just say, like another reviewer below myself, that this is possibly the best album I have bought in a long time. The drumming is less frantic than 'December', but it fits every song, and sometimes that is more importing than showing off(dare I say it). All of the song writing on this album is so...effortless! There are no cringing spoken lyrics, as in some parts of 'December', just soaring emotional highs, deafening, tortured screams, and heartfelt situations and subject matter. This album flows from one track to another in order so well that there is no point of shuffle, because as one song ends, you will be in waiting for the next despite any change in mood, so fluently constructed as it is.
But then each song is different. Repetative 'You Come Before You' is not. At all. And let me finish by saying that the diversity of this album could encompass my entire life. Fits of rage and sheer depression are balenced with calm melodies, surprising humour (strange as that sounds), and sections that make me smile. As simple as that. Sometimes my eyes close, my stomach churns, my lips snarl, but I feel complete, as one chords sweeps inexoriably into the unsuspected next, and the truthful and honest lyrics make me look at myself in recognition as my throat clenches.
In short: Head Banging Mosh-fests, Almost acoustic, poetic vocals, and everything else a piece of music could encompass.
That might all sound a bit ridiculous but, it's...not. Just listen to it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
poison the well released this in 2003 and left a high standard to follow,their two previous offerings showed glimpses of class but this is where they showed their purpose and... Read morePublished on 28 Feb. 2006 by sean paul mccann
An astonishing album and one of the finest this reviewer has heard 'You come before You' is must-have for anyone who likes intense, brutal yet beautiful music. Read morePublished on 2 Dec. 2005 by Trephine Artist
A bit of a disappointment this one, and yet I still keep listening. Not a patch on 'opposite of december', more in the vein of 'tear from the red' and a bit more poppy. Read morePublished on 25 Feb. 2004 by mutlien