Poison The Well – ‘Tear from the Red’ 20th Anniversary Edition LP splatter

Florida metalcore veterans Poison the well gave his second classic album of 2002 tear of red a 20th anniversary vinyl reissue via Federal Prisoner earlier this year featuring new black and white album art on three different vinyl variants. They quickly sold out, but now we’re thrilled to team up with them on an exclusive re-release. The impressive half purple, half white edition with black splashes is limited to 1000 copies. Get yours here as long as they last.

Here’s what we said about the album in our list of 15 albums that defined the post-hardcore boom of the 2000s:

Poison the Well’s 1999 debut album The opposite of December (which we’ve included on our metalcore list) helped start the melodic scream/sing metalcore movement that exploded in the early 2000s, but instead of joining the Killswitch Engages and Avenged Sevenfolds of the world and capitalizing on the popularity of the sound they helped create, Poison the Well went in increasingly experimental directions that were too outrageous to be lumped in with metalcore. The jump of The opposite of December to PTW’s second album in 2002 tear of red wasn’t as drastic as that achieved by Cave In between LP1 and LP2, but the adventurous tear of red still feels more closely tied to the albums on this list than early 2000s metalcore. The opposite of Decemberthe production style of is very emblematic of 90s metalcore, tear of red has a rich, spacious sound that defies any particular niche and sounds as fresh today as it did in 2002. It’s heavy, but in a much more ethereal way than its predecessor, and it’s just as full dark acoustic passages and clear voices. in a more emo/indie rock style than on the band’s debut. The opposite of December spawned many imitators, but few bands dared to succeed in copying tear of red.

Poison the Well, which recently reunited, has an upcoming show right now: Furnace Fest in Birmingham, AL.

For more Poison The Well retrospective reviews, read our articles on The opposite of December and and you come before you.

Get our new tear of red variant here.

Jack L. Goldstein