Marko Saaresto sounds just like a fresh and young Ozzy Osbourne, while his band, Poets Of The Fall merging classic values of Rock and Metal with sometimes Pop-like melodies, some typical Scandinavian vibes and a very clean, stripped to the bone, but modern sound.
While the opening “Running Out of Time” is an almost classic Rock/Metal song, the following “Temple of Thought” is more a Nordic Pop song with guitars and hidden Symphonic Metal layers in the background. And Poets Of The Fall juggling through the album between being radio-friendly and staying Rock. This is – generally – a quite hazardous game because you might ended up falling between the two chairs. While “Cradled in Love” reminds me of the score of the Twin Peaks or a possible runner for Eurovision, on “The Distance” they bring back some riffs merged with modern electronic layers.
Poets of the Fall (POTF) is the result of years of jamming and writing music. It all started when rock singer and Irish trad buff, Marko “Mark” Saaresto, and jazzy guitarist, Olli Tukiainen, decided to give it a go and form their own band in 2002. A little later industrial-machine-trance-man Markus “Captain” Kaarlonen was asked to kindly come on board, and so, POTF, was born from three very different worlds merging. On tour the band is supported by Jani Snellman (bass guitar), Jaska Mäkinen (rhythm guitar, backing vocals) and Jari Salminen (drums, percussion).
The band’s debut album “Signs of Life” was released in January 2005, it entered the Finnish Top 40 album chart at number one and has been certified platinum by the Finnish IFPI. The album was also awarded the Emma Award for the “Best Debut Album of the Year 2005” and the band received the “Best Newcomer of the Year”-Award.
The Poets’ second album “Carnival of Rust” was released in April 2006, it also went straight to No. 1 on the Finnish charts, and it has been certified platinum.
The third POTF-album, entitled Revolution Roulette, was released in March 2008. Its cover was designed by Tuomas Harju and features a giant padlock with a built-in roulette, abandoning the lolipop used on the previous album-covers. The record marks the first POTF-album not produced in Markus Kaarlonen’s living-room, but the band’s own professional studio. It went straight to the top of the Finnish charts and was certified gold two weeks after being released.
“Twilight Theater”, the band’s fourth studio album was released in March 2010, it went straight to the top of the Finnish album charts and was certified gold a week after release.
“Temple of Thought” is scheduled for release on March 21 2012. The band released the music video for the song “Cradled in Love” on 3 March 2012. “The Happy Song”, an original song written for Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, will also appear on the album.
01 – Running Out of Time
02 – Temple of Thought
03 – Cradled in Love
04 – Kamikaze Love
05 – The Lie Eternal
06 – Skin
07 – The Distance
08 – Show Me This Life
09 – Morning Tide
10 – The Ballad of Jeremiah Peacekeeper
11 – The Happy Song