Poets of the Fall
Carnival of Rust


5.0
classic

Review

by LampshadePelican USER (1 Reviews)
October 23rd, 2012 | 16 replies | 3,275 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A perfect rock album, full of meaning and purpose.

Poets of the Fall are a rock band from Helsinki, Finland. The majority of the music is written and recorded by the three founding members, Marko Saaresto (lead vocals), Olli Tukiainen (lead guitar) and Markus "Captain" Kaarlonen (keyboards, production).

Poets are quite unique in their delivery. Nothing they do could be considered groundbreaking by structure, but the way they deliver the music feels genuine and fresh. It is dirty at times and weeping the next. With vocals that grab you at the core, powerful guitars, and a driving and talented rhythm section, Carnival of Rust is a must listen.

The immediate thing that is noticed is that Marko's vocals take center stage from opener Fire thereon. His voice fills up the air around you with a stadium sized presence. His range is commendable and always progressive throughout the album. It's absolutely perfect for this band and for the genre as well. His lyrics are typical in subject at times, but spoken in a way that leads astray from insipid writing. This is to say there are some clever metaphors and stellar poetic structures. Marko seems dedicated to these words, like they are being permeated on his soul. The way he sings the title track "Carnival of Rust" is absolutely enthralling.

"It's all a game, avoiding failure when true colors will bleed
All in the name of misbehavior and the things we don't need
I lust for after no disaster can touch us anymore and more than ever I hope to never fall
Where enough is not the same it was before"


This then bursts into a supremely memorable chorus. This happens many times and there is not a single weak song on the album. Hooks are everywhere, and you can feel the enjoyment and feeling in playing these songs.

The guitars of Olli and Jaska are equally soaring. Often creatively effects driven, they fill up the rest of the dynamic range with atmosphere, grit and riffs. There is much variation to the guitar work as well, going from classic rock solos and ballads to more progressive leads and crunchy rock riffs. I will also add that the bass is audible and tasteful. It will in fact, lead some songs along, like in "King of Fools". The bass in that song is incredibly meaningful. There is no shortage of bass here. The drums tend to stay out of the way unfortunately, though there is a good variation of production drum-wise. It sounds like they really went out of their way to find the right drums and tones.

Piano, keyboard, samples, and orchestra pieces are well implemented on a majority of the tracks. They are never in the way, and only serve to add atmosphere in most but not all songs. Sometimes they do indeed drive the song like in the final chorus in "All the way for you", or in the luscious and beautiful ballad "Dawn". Dawn closes the album in an epic fashion. Everything about this song is heart wrenching. A perfect way to close the album for sure.

There is one thing I find troubling about Carnival of Rust. The production is overdone. It sounds like things are a little too compressed, and it can squeeze a little life out of some songs. This is actually more noticeable on later albums, especially Temple of Thought. Do not let this turn you away because:

This album truly is classic through my eyes and ears. It is the most consistently strong album I have heard in a long time. With extraordinary lyrics and songwriting to be found here, Poets deserve a lot of attention and success for creating a perfect rock album, full of meaning and purpose.


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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 23rd 2012


15997 Comments


only thing i heard of these was that song on Max Payne, are they really that good ?

Digging: Hominido - Estirpe Litica

PayneTiger777
October 23rd 2012


4390 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

They are a consistently good modern rock band that has produced 5 stellar albums. Carnival of Rust has to be my favorite song/album by these guys.

LampshadePelican
October 23rd 2012


87 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah, they are super consistent and are quite amazing.

LampshadePelican
October 23rd 2012


87 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Also my first review, so hit me with what you've got!


SaneTBP
October 23rd 2012


1698 Comments


tittle track is sweet teehee

PayneTiger777
October 23rd 2012


4390 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I like the review and the only criticism I have for you is that you shouldn't use so many lyrics from the songs because it takes away from the review. Maybe just a small lyric that you thought was meaningful?

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 23rd 2012


15997 Comments


"Poets of the Fall are quite unique in a sense of delivery."
Poets of the Fall are quite unique in their delivery.

"Hooks are abound"
Hooks abound

"and will often transmute sound quality"
doesnt really make sense



LampshadePelican
October 23rd 2012


87 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thank you guys. I appreciate it. I changed a couple things. Payne, i feel like I needed to post two song lyrics to really help show his swell writing but I will keep it in mind for sure!

CaptainDooRight
October 23rd 2012


29095 Comments


might check this for my lady

Digging: Kangding Ray - Solens Arc

Ecnalzen
October 23rd 2012


6530 Comments


Here's a full album stream on Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7RQET1div8

I just started listening after seeing the review. Guy has a great singing voice.

LampshadePelican
October 23rd 2012


87 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Captain you would be true to your name for doing so! I'm glad you're listening. I can only hope my review will spark more interest!

Youtellme
October 23rd 2012


1351 Comments


"only thing i heard of these was that song on Max Payne, are they really that good ?"

Same for me lol

I guess i should at least check out the album where that song comes from.

OmairSh
June 23rd 2013


11017 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Gravity jams hard, the clean melody and bass are good during the second verse

Digging: Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes

LampshadePelican
June 30th 2013


87 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I still can't get enough of this album, even after all these years...so good.

Ecnalzen
May 12th 2014


6530 Comments


Love that crunchy guitar riff on the chorus of Maybe Tomorrow.

Greenpaw
July 11th 2014


197 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I hardly get to listen to these guys anymore since I lost my iPod and got Spotify, but damn is this album good.



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