Poison the Well On Hiatus
2010-07-15 by Adam Thomas STAFF | 128 Comments

Poison the Well have announced that they are going on an indefinite hiatus after being a mainstay in the metalcore and post-hardcore communities for well over a decade. A statement from the band reads:



So, after twelve years of being a band, countless tours around the world and records being released, we have made the decision to take some time to explore other interests in our lives. We've all reached a point where we feel like we need to take a step back from the band and pursue other things. PTW has been an all encompassing, full time thing for such a long period that this isn't an easy thing to do. We want to thank everyone who has supported us in anyway, whether it be buying a record or a shirt, to the occasional robbery from time to time. Once again, thanks for everything and we couldn't have done any of this without you.


Twitter

Band Page: Poison the Well

Comments:Add a Comment 
Iamthe Nightstars
July 15th 2010

2177 Comments


Lame. Very.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
July 15th 2010

17192 Comments


I'm leaving again on metal heart breaker

Ire
July 15th 2010

41744 Comments


This will do well for their legacy.

cvlts
July 15th 2010

8954 Comments


metalcore gettin its ass whooped this year.

Satellite
July 15th 2010

20674 Comments


Nooooooo.

Digging: Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels

PanasonicYouth
July 15th 2010

7411 Comments


what the fuck man
first lewd acts now this?

blindsided21
July 15th 2010

146 Comments


FFFFFUUUUUUU!!!

I was just getting into them. Such a good band.

Dunpeal
July 15th 2010

3590 Comments




certainly been around long enough to warrant a hiatus. one of the cooler band names imo

therunningboard
July 15th 2010

16 Comments


The whole Lewd Acts-PTW combo here is really awesome. What a shitty day.

AbyssalCreation
July 15th 2010

2041 Comments


Damnit! I still haven't seen them live!

This is a very sad day indeed.

Digging: Renounced - The Melancholy We Ache

Athom
Staff Reviewer
July 15th 2010

17192 Comments


Their shows from the first half of the 00's were a lot more energetic than the rather hit or miss atmosphere of the last couple of years. that being said, even at their worst they were better than most.

Dunpeal
July 15th 2010

3590 Comments




really? i actually got lucky enough to see them open for Deftones, which i thought was impressive considering PTW was relatively unknown at the time

Athom
Staff Reviewer
July 15th 2010

17192 Comments


when was that? because Poison the Well have been rather well known for a long ass time. I mean they
didn't have like mainstream success, but when You Come Before You came out they really exploded in
popularity (headlining tours/mainstage at warped back when it kinda meant something) and most people
that got into hardcore/metalcore in the beginning of the decade (that I know) got hooked by Opposite
of December. I actually think that their popularity peaked back from 2003-2005.

Fapper
July 15th 2010

649 Comments


Opposite of December ruled my life

witchxrapist
July 15th 2010

10907 Comments


Eh, at least they went out on a good note.

Digging: Stray From the Path - Our Oceania

Burn2Burn
July 15th 2010

2378 Comments


fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

Chrisjon89
July 15th 2010

3337 Comments


"We want to thank everyone who has supported us in anyway, whether it be buying a record or a shirt, to the occasional robbery from time to time."

Heh. =P

Sad to see them go, great band, but I'd be interested to see what they do next individually if they stay in music.

Digging: Ichiko Aoba - 0%

witchxrapist
July 15th 2010

10907 Comments


The robery line had me loling so hard.

pavygravy
July 15th 2010

117 Comments


posion the well were a talented band and had many excellent records ...

killrobotmusic
July 15th 2010

670 Comments


Makes sense, they have been doing this for such a long time. One of the few heavier bands that I still find myself listening to from time to time.

Infernis
July 15th 2010

398 Comments


Yeah, it's a shame considering the new record was actually not bad at all. These guys helped me kind of get into the music I'm into now at large. Who knows though, maybe they'll be back and do something else. Can't blame them at all for being you know, people.

witchxrapist
July 15th 2010

10907 Comments


Well they said it's hard for them to do this, so chances are they'll be back.

I'm just glad that everything after Distance Makes The Heart Grow Fonder was consistently awesome.

witchxrapist
July 15th 2010

10907 Comments


And that I got to see em live. c:

bringthegjaw
July 15th 2010

88 Comments


poopy.

Captain North
July 15th 2010

6768 Comments


NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

MY FAVOURITE BAND

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Mordecai.
July 15th 2010

8270 Comments


Eh, at least they went out on a good note.


this. i can't see progressing any further from TR tbh, so this will be good for their legacy assuming they don't start up again.

Captain North
July 15th 2010

6768 Comments


^They redefined things from each album to the next. I have faith they could have still progressed.

I am so massively bummed though. I know I missed their glory years as well.

hipnotoad
July 15th 2010

207 Comments


This fucking blows, Poison the Well has quickly become one of my favorite band over the last couple years, all their albums are excellent, and The Tropic Rot was no exception. It was easily one of my top 5 favorites of last year, think I even gave it a 4.5. Needless to say, this fucking blows.

Emim
July 15th 2010

26468 Comments


Inveigh is gonna be pissed...

bailar11
July 15th 2010

2433 Comments


stop that

ShadowRemains
July 15th 2010

20220 Comments


so this will be good for their legacy assuming they don't start up again.


unless they pull an alice in chains


Dunpeal
July 15th 2010

3590 Comments



when was that? because Poison the Well have been rather well known for a long ass time.



had to be 2003-2004ish. that's when i was in NOLA

they may have been somewhat known in the scene, but when nobody really reacted to their set, I would have to say they weren't generally known among the Deftone faithful

i would say that back then they were more undergroundish/upandcoming, so that's why it was a pleasant surprise when Deftones chose them to open for them. it was a small venue too and somebody threw a shoe at Chino. Needless to say he was pissed and said "you're not getting your shoe back" lol



uberdeathmetal
July 15th 2010

32 Comments


höeüöhöhöhöhö

Lelle
July 15th 2010

2150 Comments


New record was excellent so at least they end it on a positive note. That being said, this is really sad news

Dolving999
July 15th 2010

1609 Comments


Damn... You know, PTW had just begun to improve themselves. Since Versions, they kinda drifted away from the metalcore scene only to bring 2 of the best albums I've heard in my whole life.

Same thing happened with Deftones, and what do you know? They actually are more popular now than a decade ago...

Captain North
July 15th 2010

6768 Comments


^Um...they only had one album after Versions.

The fact is, they created the style of music that makes some of the most money in the scene, and had the balls to step away from it and continue to (successfully) push the boundaries of hardcore, despite a drop in popularity. They deserve enormous credit for that

iamSeraph
July 15th 2010

857 Comments


:/

Digging: Everley - The Tyger and the Lamb

accompliceofmydeath
July 15th 2010

4170 Comments


I'm fucking crushed.

MotherBrain
July 15th 2010

64 Comments


Well this sucks....

dinomania
July 15th 2010

97 Comments


Sucks- new album got me back into them

cfbassist
July 15th 2010

327 Comments


hopefully after the hiatus they come back and rock faces even more, i've been listening to this band for almost all of my "listen to good music" phase of my life

Apollo
July 15th 2010

10239 Comments


still no Inveigh comment here...I'm surprised.

This does completely suck. Such a great band.

Yordy
July 15th 2010

525 Comments


Wow, this really sucks. Really bad. As many have said, they are leaving on a good not though. I think we will remember these guys for a long long time.

Inveigh
July 15th 2010

24752 Comments


The fact is, they created the style of music that makes some of the most money in the scene, and had the balls to step away from it and continue to (successfully) push the boundaries of hardcore, despite a drop in popularity. They deserve enormous credit for that

well put Captain.

still no Inveigh comment here...I'm surprised.

haha, there was a news article submitted early yesterday afternoon that I commented on, but it got removed due to the acronym PTW being in the title. I made a list about this yesterday too.

Anyways, yes this sucks major ass. This was the band that got me into metalcore back when the heaviest things I was listening to were Deftones and Metallica sometime in the late 90s. I luckily got to see them live 4 times (once with Candiria sometime in 2001, Warped Tour 2003, Sounds of the Underground 2005 and played a show with them in DeKalb, IL in 2008 on the day I graduated). They were having money issues for awhile from what I gathered by talking to them briefly a couple years ago, and I just don't think they could continue to make this their main source of income -- which is sad because The Tropic Rot was (in my opinion of course) the best album of last year and one of their best albums overall.

Inveigh cried himself to sleep last night after masturbating feverishly to Nerdy and A Wish For Wings That Work. :-(

TheBaneofSputnik
July 15th 2010

1525 Comments


That's not cool. I was masturbating to thoughts of Abe Vigoda last night, but you don't see me going around screaming that to everyone.

Apollo
July 15th 2010

10239 Comments


'Inveigh cried himself to sleep last night after masturbating feverishly to Nerdy and A Wish For Wings That Work. :-("

lmfao

Inveigh
July 15th 2010

24752 Comments


but weren't you howling like a wolf while strokin it, Nick? that's not any different.

TheBaneofSputnik
July 15th 2010

1525 Comments


You can't blame me! I have very rough hands!

witchxrapist
July 15th 2010

10907 Comments


The fact is, they created the style of music that makes some of the most money in the scene, and had the balls to step away from it and continue to (successfully) push the boundaries of hardcore, despite a drop in popularity. They deserve enormous credit for that

They didn't create any style of music, there was tons of melodic metalcore before them.

Inveigh
July 15th 2010

24752 Comments


you should spit in em first

Inveigh
July 15th 2010

24752 Comments


I'd be interested in who was releasing melodic metalcore albums before 1998

Apollo
July 15th 2010

10239 Comments


^me too

TheBaneofSputnik
July 15th 2010

1525 Comments


Yes, please inform us, Mappy.

witchxrapist
July 15th 2010

10907 Comments


Well the face that Undying and Prayer For Cleansing were both around in 1996 and 1997, and that Skycamefalling's demo came out in 1997...

Aftershock was around well before either of those bands.

JS.

Inveigh
July 15th 2010

24752 Comments


yeah but those bands weren't playing melodic metalcore back when they first started. Skycamefalling's demo sounds practically nothing like 10.21 and Aftershock was more akin to Integrity than their later incarnation in KsE.

I never really thought of Undying or Prayer for Cleansing as all that melodic (at least not in the vein of PtW, Skycamefalling, 7A7P etc) but if we're just going by when they were "around" then PtW was around before 1998 -- I was just talking about when their first release came out.

TheBaneofSputnik
July 15th 2010

1525 Comments


Aftershock WAS ESSENTIALLY another version of Integrity, Prayer for Cleansing weren't really a melodic metalcore band when they first started out, playing more melo-death inspired music. Also, Skycamefalling's demo came out around Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder(actually, I think SCF's demo came out AFTER Distance), and sounded nothing like 10.21. NOTHING LIKE IT.

TheBaneofSputnik
July 15th 2010

1525 Comments


DAMMIT BLAKE!!! YOU BEAT ME TO IT!!

Inveigh
July 15th 2010

24752 Comments


same wave length broheem

Apollo
July 15th 2010

10239 Comments


time for a muthafuckin brodown

Inveigh
July 15th 2010

24752 Comments


alright bust out the Hatebreed

TheBaneofSputnik
July 15th 2010

1525 Comments


BORN TO BLEED
FIGHTING TO SUCCEED
BUILT TO ENDURE WHAT THIS WORLD THROWS AT ME!

Apollo
July 15th 2010

10239 Comments


Facing what consumes you is the only way to be free.
Released from those poisonous fears.
Resurrected once and for all.
You want me to hold my tongue,
Then why the fuck am I here?
You want me to bottle my rage,
Cause you never had the heart to say what I say.

witchxrapist
July 15th 2010

10907 Comments


What are you guys talking about?

Prayer For Cleansing, Undying, and Aftershock had TONS of melodeath riffs throughout their whole careers.

Skycamefalling's demo has a lot of just hardcore parts to it, but there's a good amount of melody.

Inveigh
July 15th 2010

24752 Comments


NO ONE CAN RELATE TO MY ABANDONMENT
I WALK THIS EARTH ALONE IN SEARCH OF SALVATION

FOREVER! FOREVER!

FOREVER ALONE!!!!

TheBaneofSputnik
July 15th 2010

1525 Comments


No offense mappy, but when you said Stick to Your Guns was melodic hardcore, I lost all respect for your opinions.

witchxrapist
July 15th 2010

10907 Comments


lol don't take anything I say about stick to your guns seriously.

but saying undying and prayer for cleansing isn't melodic.

lol.

witchxrapist
July 15th 2010

10907 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3I8dhsyX3pc

like, how this not melodic?

Apollo
July 15th 2010

10239 Comments


STRAIGHT TO YOUR FACE! STRAIGHT TO YOUR FACE!

TheBaneofSputnik
July 15th 2010

1525 Comments


No one said that they weren't melodic, but there is a distinct difference between just being melodic and playing melodic metalcore.

Inveigh
July 15th 2010

24752 Comments


I'm talking about the first band to release a melodic metalcore album that people actually paid attention to -- not what band practiced in their parents' basement first, you can debate about that kind of stuff all day long. The fact is that Poison the Well were the first band 99% of people remember doing the whole hardcore band with melodic riffs, palm-muted chug-style breakdowns and clean-sung choruses thing.

witchxrapist
July 15th 2010

10907 Comments


k well shush

http://twitter.com/poison_the_well

last few updates = yayyyy


Apollo
July 15th 2010

10239 Comments


"Just to be clear..PTW is NOT completely done. We just want to take a break for a while. I know we will create again, that's not an issue... "

fucking eh

Inveigh
July 15th 2010

24752 Comments


fuckin sweeeeeeeet!

and yeah I get a little worked up about this band for some reason... there are probably lots of people on this site who can attest to that lol

TheBaneofSputnik
July 15th 2010

1525 Comments


In every corner and space I search for you,
I've only found your vocal cords.


witchxrapist
July 15th 2010

10907 Comments


thats my favorite one :D

Poncharelo
July 15th 2010

27 Comments


They deserve it. Thanks to you PTW!

TheBaneofSputnik
July 15th 2010

1525 Comments


For a Bandaged Iris is quickly rising up the PTW ranks for me

Inveigh
July 15th 2010

24752 Comments


HATE THAT I'M NEVER CERTAIN OF WHAT NEEDS WHAT MOOOOST

ant4tbc
July 15th 2010

373 Comments


what the

jmh886
July 15th 2010

788 Comments


Sad news but it doesnt seem like theyre done forever. They have had a couple long hiatuses before. Im surprised they are still together after all these lineup changes. You come before you and tear from the red and are definitely two of my favorite albums ever. And all the others are solid as shit.

STARE AT ME NOWWWWW
ON YOUR WAY DOWNNNN
STAREEEE ATTT MEEEE

cfbassist
July 15th 2010

327 Comments


BUT I ADOREEE HERR, THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN, OVER MY DEAD BODYYYYY
OF COURSE I THINK ABOUT IT, BURN MY PATHHH, IF IT DOESSS, BURN MY PATHHHHH

crowing51
July 15th 2010

3446 Comments


this just ruined my day, one of my fav bands. at least i have seen them 4 times.

TomAkaVeto
July 15th 2010

1593 Comments


Glad I got to see them live at least once.

Bummer to hear this though. At least they're going out in style.

Xplisit
July 15th 2010

1646 Comments


forever is such an unplesant word
it begins to eat you from the inside out
beg for sleep
as this noose
is tied

BrahTheSunGod
July 15th 2010

1279 Comments


Saw them at Warped Tour way back in the day; were amazing. RIP

botb
July 15th 2010

9518 Comments


NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Nikkolae
July 15th 2010

4746 Comments


this sucks so badly ):

Digging: We Came Out Like Tigers - Ever-Crushed at Pecket's Well

paradoxycles
July 15th 2010

22 Comments


wow this sucks so much fucking ass

starttostop
July 15th 2010

128 Comments


Poison The Well = NICER DICER, shame they broke up.

WHY DO YOUR EYES PARALYZE MEEEEEEE????

myhigherpie
July 15th 2010

3027 Comments


Damn... I love this band so much. This really sucks =/

SteelErectedb4you8er
July 15th 2010

2613 Comments


With every part of mine
fall away with every bit of you
I miss me
give me some place to find
I'll meet cold everyday
think of all I need you around
but for now anyways
hands held tight around me leave me
hands held tight around me
with every part of mine
fall away with every bit of you

This song got me into them when it came out. But I have to say Tropic Rot brought my respect back up for this band. Maybe after a break, they will take it to the next level.

SladetoBlack
July 15th 2010

152 Comments


Can't believe so many people thought Tropic Rot was so good...it was average at best. You Come Before You was their magnum opus, and I only saw them going downhill from TR, so their breakup is probably for the best.

SteelErectedb4you8er
July 15th 2010

2613 Comments


Tropic Rot was them branching out into new territory, it has a Cave In feel. I was tired of the metalcore sound by the time YCBY came out, it has some good songs and all, but Tropic Rot is them actually going outside the box.

Inveigh
July 15th 2010

24752 Comments


yeah TTR's awesome, there's not much out there like it

botb
July 15th 2010

9518 Comments


TTR rules, slade to black sux

Captain North
July 15th 2010

6768 Comments


I knew they could come back, I was just worried it'd be the typical hardcore hiatus of 10 years +. But those twitter posts make me feel a bit better.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 15th 2010

30859 Comments


Inveigh cried himself to sleep last night after masturbating feverishly to Nerdy and A Wish For Wings That Work. :-(


What'd your better half have to say about that?

Digging: Calyx and Teebee - FabricLive.76

taxidermist
July 16th 2010

7195 Comments


CHINGE SU MADRE!!!

HipsterHolocaust
July 16th 2010

774 Comments


I'm saddened by this.

Ray91
July 17th 2010

150 Comments


this fucking sucks

witchxrapist
July 17th 2010

10907 Comments


it's cool, it's only temporary

SlightlyEpic
July 17th 2010

5780 Comments


but it's indefinite

witchxrapist
July 17th 2010

10907 Comments


but look at their twitter dummies

SlightlyEpic
July 17th 2010

5780 Comments


i'm too hip for twitter silly

witchxrapist
July 17th 2010

10907 Comments


well then, no wonder ur so misinformed!!!

SlightlyEpic
July 17th 2010

5780 Comments


[img]http://i25.tinypic.com/519105.png[/img]

it doesn't matter i now have total domination of sputnikmusic.com

witchxrapist
July 17th 2010

10907 Comments


sounds

Zip
July 17th 2010

5312 Comments


we must stop him

witchxrapist
July 17th 2010

10907 Comments


but i luhhhhh sebby

HipsterHolocaust
July 17th 2010

774 Comments


well at least i can say i saw them live a few times.

HipsterHolocaust
July 17th 2010

774 Comments


They're good.

eleventhsun
July 18th 2010

1475 Comments


I always found their older music simplistic but effective. They had a good run

Slimjim367
July 18th 2010

512 Comments


this saddens me greatly

HipsterHolocaust
July 18th 2010

774 Comments


They gotta come back... They just gotta come back!

Piglet
July 18th 2010

4651 Comments


All good things come to an end.

Quen
July 18th 2010

1633 Comments


To an end? They're coming back, if they don't I'm going to piss a chicken

Scoot
July 18th 2010

17670 Comments


At least now they don't have the chance to get terrible like In Flames did.

Digging: Unjust - Glow

arlowf
July 19th 2010

19 Comments


Can't get into this band, grrrr.

What song by them got you into them?!?!! What was catchy?

arlowf
July 19th 2010

19 Comments


Holy shit: Cinema.
Not catchy, at all, but I now somewhat get it. They are talented.

Captain North
July 19th 2010

6768 Comments


They're not a catchy band. That's not what they do.

Captain North
July 19th 2010

6768 Comments


^....except they were a defining metalcore band turned boundary pushing post-hardcore band. They did more for both genres that the majority of those that play them have combined.

Captain North
July 19th 2010

6768 Comments


someguest, you're one of the very few people I've known to like this sort of music and dislike PTW. haha.

Versions
July 19th 2010

1 Comments


Huge fan of this bands later material. While I loved Opposite, I just dont feel it held up quite like Tear and You Come Before You did. I loved the last one and was lucky enough to see them when they came through this winter. Still were great live, but of course no one moved unless it was an old song.

In response to Distance, the split with Promise No Tomorrow (when PTW was known as An Acre Lost) was released in 1997, same time as the SCF & Undying demos. Distance was released in 1998 (which is re-recorded tracks from that split) and SCF released their first ep, Undying released theirs at the same time as well (all came out pretty much within months of each other) Prayer For Cleaning released their full length the next year.

HipsterHolocaust
July 19th 2010

774 Comments


At least now they don't have the chance to get terrible like In Flames did.

Poison The Well does no wrong.

Captain North
July 20th 2010

6768 Comments


Versions...wow, major fan there aye. Haha, but you're wrong about Opposite. Tear is the album that doesn't hold up over time. It just rehashed old ideas and the songs actually do kinda sound the same.

Captain North
July 20th 2010

6768 Comments


Yes, because although I love all of them they are not equal.

Captain North
July 20th 2010

6768 Comments


Ahh. Yeah, pretty much the same, except I can't say I ever listen to Distance any more.

HipsterHolocaust
July 20th 2010

774 Comments


theres not one thing they've done I hate.




You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





MOST VIEWED
Weezer debut new single
GO NINJA GO NINJA GO!
Dave Mustaine Slams Bass Players
Shabazz Palaces stream Lese Majes..
Fallujah reveal third track
Fozzy stream new album
Within the Ruins stream Phenomena
The Color Morale drop new song
Puscifer/Primus Drummer Heart Att..
I Killed the Prom Queen post new ..

OTHER RECENT NEWS
Lights announces new album
Rx Bandits Stream Gemini, Her Maj..
Mineral remastered albums
Doomocracy post new song
Amplifier reveal new video
Dark Time Sunshine return with ne..
Primus drummer recovers from Surg..
New Overkill Video
Mutilation Rites stream sophomore..
The Rough Boys stream new EP
Nightmare stream from Puppy
New As We Draw Song/Album
Hammerfall release new single
Another New Arkells Track
Epirus Quartet stream debut album

» see all news

RELATED REVIEWS
Poison the Well
TheOppositeof December/Tear From The Red
Poison the Well
The Tropic Rot
Poison the Well
I/III / II/III / III/III
Poison the Well
Versions
Poison the Well
Demo Record
FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2013 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy