Kamelot
Poetry for the Poisoned


4.5
superb

Review

by Greg Viessman USER (44 Reviews)
October 28th, 2010 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Kamelot's best. They abandon every aspect of the happy power metal sound for a darker mood that just works.

Called one of the driving forces in power metal, Kamelot has brought listeners a unique style of the genre. Early on, they incorporated the stereotypical sound that has defined power metal: melodramatic guitars, blistering double bass, and over the top vocals. Starting with Epica though, they shifted towards the growing power-prog sound that many bands like Symphony X were using. The Black Halo continued this and Ghost Opera brought out the bands darker side. After covering all possible aspects of power metal, I was quite interested on the direction Poetry for the Poisoned was going to take. The last two albums were disappointments as I did not like the abandonment of the band’s roots. While both had remarkable material, it could not make up for the lack of song strength on the rest of the albums. Poetry for the Poisoned changes my mind completely on the group and returns them to the mountain of power metal greatness.

The first thing that is obviously noticeable is the darker mood of the album. Ghost Opera was probably the group’s darkest album to date, but this takes that and multiples it by ten. “The Great Pandemonium” starts the record with the best bass and drum work the band has ever done; the main beat of the song is so tribal like. Roy Khan also gives us a strong performance that fans of the band expect from him every time he opens up his mouth. While the backing growls deteriorate from the song just a little, the song does not let up for four and a half minutes.

As the rest of the album goes on, the listener is continually greeted with a darker and angrier side of power metal not really seen before. Songs such as “If Tomorrow Came,” “Necropolis,” and “My Train of Thought” create a somber hopelessness sound before erupting into an epic chorus that make the listener believe that the song is going to become all happy like most songs in the genre intend. That is not the case though and can be explained after a few listens. Like it was said earlier, the drums and bass work are phenomenal; they can be heard in just about every song on here. As for the guitars, Thomas Youngblood gets his time to shine in every song except “Hunter’s Season,” which Gus G from Firewind does the solo.

By the time we reach the end of the album we do not really see any downfall in terms of quality of the songs. “Seal of Woven Years” is one of the top songs of this year. From the epic orchestral opening, to the amazing bass lines and the great chorus, the song is also one of the band’s best. Next we see a concept song split into four parts. “Poetry for the Poisoned” has a strange vampire like theme lyrically but the music accompanying it is terrific. Guest appearances by Simone Simons and Amanda Somerville add to the quality as well.

Poetry for the Poisoned has come to be Kamelot’s best work to date. While The Black Halo and Epica are great records, albeit overrated (especially The Black Halo), they really do not stand up to the quality presented on here. The drums are as tight as ever. The bass is both phenomenal and heard regularly. As for the guitars and vocals, well they have never been bad on a Roy Khan era Kamelot album. The darker mood of the album gives the band a side that they explored with a bit on Ghost Opera, but on here it just explodes. It gives them a side completely different from the days of The Fourth Legacy, Karma, and Epica. Thankfully it has become a good thing and I look forward to later albums to use this new mood of the band.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Poet
October 28th 2010


5933 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wrote first 3 paragraphs a month ago, forgot about it and now finished it tonight. So yeah, it's definitely not my best but this album still owns every other album this year.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2010


16397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Weird I thought you already reviewed this. Guess not haha, album is ok but Kamelot have done better.

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Acre
October 29th 2010


847 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Album is boring as hell. I cannot understand anyone thinking this album is better than The Black Halo; the riffs and melodies here feel lazy and uninspired, and Khan sounds like he's sleepwalking through the record. Plus, I honestly believe "Seal of Woven Years" is among the worst songs the band has ever written. :p

BallsToTheWall
October 29th 2010


44407 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

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BeardedIdiot
October 29th 2010


643 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I couldn't disagree more. This album was disappointing and, as the guys before me mentioned, veeeeery boring. Has some decent tracks, but that's about it.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2010


6112 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Khan's vocals are top notch, but i can't say the same about the music as well.

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ninjuice
October 29th 2010


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

4th best Kamelot album.......I've heard so far.

lol at this being any better than TBH/Epica.

Poet
October 29th 2010


5933 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Black Halo is the most overrated album ever released.

qwe3
October 29th 2010


21362 Comments


lol power metal

OllieS
October 29th 2010


2031 Comments


Nice review. I will support the notion TBH is fairly overrated.

IRAI
October 29th 2010


1567 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this album is mediocre for their standards, which is still way above a lot of their contemporaries.

there are some good songs on here, but i love Khan being a powerful force in the chorus of a song, and he stays eerie and subtle here, so it's less memorable throughout.

BELT THOSE PIPES KHAN! WE KNOW YOU CAN!


Epica is better than TBH. as ive said many a time. you cant have pt. 2 without a pt. 1, and TBH would be less effective if Epica didnt beat the living shit out of you with an awesome set-up(and awesomely amazing and memorable songs) to suck you into the story.

if youve only listened to TBH, youre missing out.


Dreamflight
October 29th 2010


1760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The review is actually much better than the album itself.

Maybe it's the lack of spins, but so far it sounds dull as hell. Ghost Opera was already a significant drop of quallity comparing to TBH, but this turned out even worse than I expected.

I'm starting to think that Karma and TBH were actually the "missteps" of a very boring career.

However, l still didn't give up on this album, maybe it would grow with more spins, dunno.

JubJub12
October 29th 2010


24 Comments


I've heard mixed things about this

BallsToTheWall
October 29th 2010


44407 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Black Halo is the most overrated album ever released.



That is the most preposterous thing i've ever heard. And by preposterous I mean false, untruthful, blasphemous, and ridonkulous.

Dreamflight
October 29th 2010


1760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

BLASPHEMY!

Acanthus
July 3rd 2013


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Necropolis" is the standout for me so far (not all the way through the album), this is a really
subdued album it seems.

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Toondude10
July 7th 2013


3947 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Kamelot's best"

No, good album, but no.

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