Poets of The Fall – Ghostlight Review

If you’re already a fan, you’ve likely already grabbed this album. If you’ve been curious about Poets of the Fall, no need to wait. Grab Ghostlight now (and why not get...

Released by: Playground Music

Genre: Pop/Rock

Release date: April 29, 2022

Links: https://poetsofthefall.com/

 

Line Up:

Marko Saaresto
Olli Tukiainen
Jaako Mäkinen
Markus Kaarlonen
Jani Snellman
Jari Salminen

 

Tracklist:

1. Firedancer
2. Requiem For My Harlequin
3. Sounds Of Yesterday
4. Revelations
5. Heroes And Villains
6. Lust For Life
7. Chasing Echoes
8. Weaver Of Dreams
9. Hello Cabaret
10. Beyond The Horizon

 

 

Bands that push boundaries of what can be created sonically impress me. For the most part, in all music genres, there’s not much new under the sun, so when a band can come in and make a new sound, whether I like it or not, I at least have to give a tip of the hat for the effort made to not rehash what’s been done to death. Sure, I know, that makes me kind of a hypocrite what with my love of bands that offer nostalgic sounds, but those bands provide a different mood. I am literally “that guy” who listens to everything. There is likely something in almost every genre of music I like something from. One just has to look at my schizophrenic music collection to see that.

A band that has only been on my radar for a couple of years now is Poets of the Fall, and that is thanks to ProgPower. Sadly, I didn’t get to see them perform that year as I could only afford the first two days and they played on one of the other two days. When offered up to review their latest, Ghostlight, I was stoked. Poets of the Fall can’t necessarily be called a Metal band, though there are moments that exhibit Metal-ish hints. They’re very much a Prog Rock band, but even that is just an easy description to wrap around them. With elements of Pop, Rock, Hard Rock, Symphonic, and so many other elements throughout, slapping a label on them is almost impossible. The easiest way to describe them is phenomenal. Ghostlight is the third and final part of a trilogy. All three albums are brilliant, which includes Clearview (2016) and Ultraviolet (2018), but I think this is my favorite of the trilogy. Despite a dark, melancholy start, the songs feel hopeful and inspiring as the album progresses, though even the music can still be fairly brooding. The songwriting skills and ability to structure them perfectly are one of the many gifts this band has. It also can’t be overstated just how talented they are musically as well.

If you’re already a fan, you’ve likely already grabbed this album. If you’ve been curious about Poets of the Fall, no need to wait. Grab Ghostlight now (and why not get the previous two, because what’s a trilogy without having all three amirite?) I dig this band quite a lot. They have one of those sounds that just sticks with you and lingers a long time after the final note.

 

Written by: Chris Martin

Ratings: 9/10

 

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