Kamelot - Poetry For The Poisoned


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Release date: 10 September 2010
Style: Symphonic power metal

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Disc I
01. The Great Pandemonium [feat. Björn "Speed" Strid]
02. If Tomorrow Came
03. Dear Editor
04. The Zodiac [feat. Jon Oliva]
05. Hunter's Season
06. House On A Hill [feat. Simone Simons]
07. Necropolis
08. My Train Of Thoughts
09. Seal Of Woven Years
10. Poetry For The Poisoned
    1 - Part I: Incubus
    2 - Part II: So Long
    3 - Part III: All Is Over
    4 - Part IV: Dissection
11. Once Upon A Time
12. Where The Wild Roses Grow [bonus] [Nick Cave cover]
13. Thespian Drama [Japanese bonus]

Disc II [Live from Wacken 2010]
01. The Great Pandemonium
02. Human Stain
03. Center Of The Universe
04. Pendulous Fall
05. Hunter's Season
06. Karma
07. Forever
08. March Of Mephisto

[Super Limited Collector's Edition Bonus 7" Vinyl]
01. Rule The World [Live - Wacken]
02. Thespian Drama

Additional info
Line-up:
Khan - Vocals
Thomas Youngblood - Guitars
Sean Tibbetts - Bass
Casey Grillo - Drums
Oliver Palotai - Keyboards

Guest members:
Björn "Speed" Strid - Vocals on "The Great Pandemonium"
Jon Oliva - Vocals on "The Zodiac"
Gus G. - Guitars on "Hunter's Season"
Simone Simons - Vocals on "House On A Hill", "Poetry For The Poisoned" II and III
Amanda Somerville - Vocals on "The Zodiac", Choir on "Poetry For The Poisoned" I-IV
Chanty Wunder - Vocals on "Where The Wild Roses Grow"
Cloudy Yang - Backing Vocals
Sascha Paeth - Additional Guitars
Miro - Additional Keyboards and Orchestration

This is the first Kamelot album not to feature Glenn Barry, and the first to feature original bassist Sean Tibbets.

Release dates:
Japan - September 1st (via Marquee/Avalon)
Europe - September 10th (via earMusic/Edel Music)
North America - September 14th (via KMG Recordings)

Recorded at the the Gate Studio, Wolfsburg, Germany, in 2009/2010. Produced by Sascha Paeth and Miro. Additional tracking took place in Tampa, Florida, as well as various studios in Sweden, Greece and USA.

The artwork was created by many artists, including Spiros "Seth" Antoniou, Natalie Shau and Michal Loranc.

Available in four versions:
- Regular CD edition
- Digipak CD with bonus DVD
- Digibook CD with bonus DVD
- Two-LP gatefold vinyl edition

Bonus DVD material:
- "The Great Pandemonium" (video)
- Exclusive and in-depth interviews with each Kamelot member
- "Pick and Play" for the song "The Great Pandemonium"
- "Poetry for the Poisoned" background images
- Exclusive video footage from Norway Rock Festival 2010
- Bonus song "House On A Hill" (uncut version) (05:00)

Staff review by
Daniell
Rating:
5.9
Kamelot, at least in my eyes, has always been a band that sought their own path through the world of metal. The most fitting description of their sound is, no matter how I hate to admit it, power metal. Not the cheesiest, happiest German type, but power metal nevertheless. What made it more distinguished than most of the other power bands were Thomas Youngblood's distinctive guitar style, clever use of keyboards and orchestrations, and, above everything else, Roy Khan's vocals - so unlike any other metal singer, so non-metal so to speak. These three essential elements carried Kamelot's music through almost 20 years of their career, which has been on the rise all that time. Being quite a prolific band, they managed to deliver 9 full length releases, whose quality was constantly satisfactory, with occasional hints at excellence (Epica, Ghost Opera). Some progressive and symphonic elements crept into Kamelot's music in the meantime, making it richer, more textured and ambitious.

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published 18.09.2010 | Comments (146)

Guest review by
ponderer
Rating:
9.0
Brilliant. This cd will probably be totally misinterpreted by many, but after listening to it enough it finally dawned on me that Poetry for the Poisoned is just an evolutionary step of Kamelot's musical genius. It's nice to see this band evolving and growing from their power metal roots into something which appeals more to the musically inclined as opposed to serving up the same driving beats and power chords cd after cd. Welcome to the world of progressive metal.

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published 12.12.2010 | Comments (21)

Guest review by
ZGoten
Rating:
8.2
Three long years fans had to wait for an all new full-length studio album, and here it finally is. So what's the deal on Poetry For The Poisoned? In a word - great, although not as great as expected. Kamelot is one of those bands that kept improving from album to album until they reached their zenith with the incredible The Black Halo. The following release was a letdown for many fans, because of new influences on the band's sound. If you are one of those fans, then better pass on this record, since it's one step further along the same road. If you however, like me, loved Ghost Opera, definately give this one a try.

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published 15.12.2010 | Comments (4)

Guest review by
Kais
Rating:
8.8
It's been 5 years since Poetry For The Poisoned was released. Five long years in which illustrious Kamelot and Conception vocalist decided to bid farewell to the music industry as a whole, for a higher cause, and it was the first studio appearance of original bassist Sean Tibbetts, after long-time bassist Glenn Berry had left the band.

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01.09.2010 - 04:18
Rating: 9
*!*
Well....its leaked but i didnt hear it yet, hope these guys got some great stuff done on this one
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01.09.2010 - 06:32
pcgecko85
Found the leaked copy.... not overly impressed so far. Need to listen a few more times.
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01.09.2010 - 13:48
Wishmaster
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It has leaked, but I don't know what to say about the CD. I need to listen to it more.
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04.09.2010 - 17:11
Keitaro333
After a first listen i thought it was a little weaker... but after a few more listens i kinda like it so far.
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06.09.2010 - 12:33
Aergorn
I have listened to it much i very like it especially THE ZODIAC with jon olivia
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06.09.2010 - 16:46
Rating: 8
Dargor
It's very different than any other Kamelot albums, but after a couple of listens I personally think it's a big step forward for the band.
I think this album might be my favorite album so far. Very solid and mature.
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07.09.2010 - 09:33
Rating: 9
Imraghil
Written by Dargor on 06.09.2010 at 16:46

It's very different than any other Kamelot albums, but after a couple of listens I personally think it's a big step forward for the band.
I think this album might be my favorite album so far. Very solid and mature.


I totally agree with you.
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07.09.2010 - 17:35
Rating: 7
Jiri
Roy can hardly sing now.
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07.09.2010 - 18:09
shisha
It is not just power metal anymore. This is one of the most theatrical sounds in metal music today, with all needed complexity and most of all, beautiful atmosphere. Ghost opera was the first step towards this sound, and now they have got it full, with nothing more to add. Great piece. And it will take some time to get inside complete album.
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07.09.2010 - 18:32
BynersA7X
Godly *--*
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"Seize the day or die regretting the time you lost..."
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10.09.2010 - 02:43
Rating: 7
farfaramir
Good surprise, I was expecting something like Ghost Opera (Not a bad album, but mediocre in many ways), this album is very good, however, it's has some really boring fillers. Except for that, really interesting album.
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10.09.2010 - 09:21
Ancient Ruin
The great pandemonium and hunters season are the 2 best on the cd. the rest will wash out I feel.
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10.09.2010 - 11:33
Rating: 5
Daniell
No, you don't
Kamelot wants to expand their sound, but they kind of fail at that on their latest release.
The album is doubtful to say the least.
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Now loving:
Avatarium - Pearls and Coffins
Iron Maiden - Empire of the Clouds
Ahab - The Weedmen
Finsterforst - Mach dich frei!
My Dying Bride - Feel the Misery
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10.09.2010 - 17:20
Rating: 6
howNowBrownSow
Pretty disappointed by this. No energy, no hooks, too many bells and whistles.
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10.09.2010 - 18:27
Rating: 8
Dargor
I feel like they are a lot more confident in what they are doing than on Ghost Opera. They were looking for a new sound that still feels like Kamelot and I think they got it. The 4 parts Poetry For The Poisoned portion of the album is simply amazing.
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10.09.2010 - 19:33
Rating: 6
Valaskjalf
TheImperturbable
Written by howNowBrownSow on 10.09.2010 at 17:20

Pretty disappointed by this. No energy, no hooks, too many bells and whistles.


Yup, same for me dude. Not convinced by this..
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IF THE MILK IS SOUR...I AINT THE KINDA PUSSY TO DRINK IT
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10.09.2010 - 20:24
Rating: 6
Chris Steele
I dont see this album as something special, only a few good songs on.
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10.09.2010 - 21:57
Rating: 5
BlankFile
Am i the only one thinking that Kamelot is getting slower and slower? I noticed that in Ghost Ópera and now the same thing happens in the new CD. Kamelot is a different band since Ghost Ópera definitely. The Black Halo remains their best opus without a doubt. About this new cd i have heard it only once, and i have to say that it didn´t impressed me much. I had a feeling of Deja Vu, like i was listening to Ghost Ópera 2. So far the highlights of the album are "The Great Pandemonium", "Hunter´s Season", "House in the Hill" "My Train of Thoughts" and the best song of the album for me "Poetry for the Poisoned" all of the parts. The other songs, so far, are just fillers. From what i´ve heard i think this cd is as good as Ghost Ópera, not better, nor worse just equal. But hey im going to listen a few more times, just to see if it grows on me.
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11.09.2010 - 00:21
Rating: 7
ZGoten
"The Great Pandemonium", "If Tomorrow Came" and "Hunter's Season" definately have a haunting melody, and "Poetry for the Poisoned" is great as well. The rest is a little "meh" for Kamelot's standards, but still good. Overall the album is really good. I expected a little more to be honest, and it's definately not on "The Black Halo"-level, but I enjoy listening to it.
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11.09.2010 - 10:02
Rating: 10
Gague
Lyricssssss!!!!!!!!!!
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11.09.2010 - 15:00
c0ok1e
The opening track - Great pandemonium is great. But the rest of the song are totally different style and sounds ok only
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11.09.2010 - 22:49
Rating: 8
Malaghost
All duets with Simone's crystal voice are breathtaking, gotta listen em over and over again. Another pure power highlights of this album: Hunter's Season, Once Upon A Time, The Great Pandemonium.
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12.09.2010 - 21:41
Rating: 7
Ag Fox
Angel No More
Written by Daniell on 10.09.2010 at 11:33

Kamelot wants to expand their sound, but they kind of fail at that on their latest release.
The album is doubtful to say the least.
agreed. I'm very dissatisfied with the album, because Kamelot is my favourite band >:
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12.09.2010 - 21:47
Reza
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Of course this album has a Bonus Track too.
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13.09.2010 - 12:15
Rating: 5
Daniell
No, you don't
The duos are cheesy, not amazing. The guitars are subdued and overly hidden in the background. If I review this album, and I might, its rating will be lower than Ghost Opera...
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Now loving:
Avatarium - Pearls and Coffins
Iron Maiden - Empire of the Clouds
Ahab - The Weedmen
Finsterforst - Mach dich frei!
My Dying Bride - Feel the Misery
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13.09.2010 - 23:36
Rating: 5
BlankFile
As i said before i think Kamelot is getting a bit slow. The fast songs that Kamelot made very often are almost missing nowdays, since Ghost Ópera the band became different, musically speaking. I think in terms of quality is better than Ghost Ópera, but not much better. But still is miles away from the quality of albums like "Epica", "Karma" and the best of Kamelot for me "the Black Halo". Maybe with a few more spins i change my opinion a bit... Who knows?
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14.09.2010 - 01:39
Rating: 8
Piratepinoy
Kamelotian
Great album in overall, don't top TBH, but stands out from the rest of the discography.
BUT, what I miss is a REAL ballad, and a true ending, conclusion. The album sort of ends with no bang or high point... Memento Mori closes up TBH, and Anthem concludes GO.
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14.09.2010 - 11:44
c0ok1e
Anyone bought the limited edition? Just wondering the pick and play is for guitars only or all instruments? Im interested in the drums :p
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15.09.2010 - 04:09
Rating: 6
timgrimes
Worse than Epica, The Fourth Legacy, Ghost Opera and Karma. Might be worth a listen for you but stick to what is best within the band. Pretty let down with all the hype this album had. Better luck next time Kamelot. I won't stop listening though.
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15.09.2010 - 19:29
Rating: 8
Piratepinoy
Kamelotian
Written by timgrimes on 15.09.2010 at 04:09

Worse than Epica, The Fourth Legacy, Ghost Opera and Karma. Might be worth a listen for you but stick to what is best within the band. Pretty let down with all the hype this album had. Better luck next time Kamelot. I won't stop listening though.


Lol, I know how you feel man, but it's not that bad though At first, yes, I was like "wtf?". But PftP just simply needs a few listening in order to get into the songs. HOWEVER there are mainly two (or three) things I miss: 1. A true, pure ballad ala "Don't You Cry, "Wander", "A Sailorman's Hymn, "Anthem" and 2. A sort of a climax point/conclusion... TBH had "Memento Mori", Fourth Legacy had "Lunar Sanctum" etc. I enjoyed the album track "Poetry for the Poisoned" and "Once Upon a Time", but I feelt a sort that the ending was sort of unfinished...
And 3. (in my case) I really wanted "Danse min vise, Gråte min sang" ("Dance my melody, cry my song" played live with Roy's Grandfather Kåre on the album I mean, it might be one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard live... Instead of "Where the Wild Roses Grows"... I can understand since it's a Norwegian folk thing, but they already did a french ver. of "Don't You Cry"... Oh well, maybe on Roy Khan's Solo album

All in all, PftP's a good release... but far from Epica and The Black Halo.
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