Company: Insomniac Release: 2014 Genre: Reviewer: Eric Compton
Fans of the band should be pleased
Poets of the Fall have released five albums prior to 'Jealous Gods', two of which went platinum and two gold in their homeland of Finland. The Helsinki band have been active since 2003 and have a number of charting singles including "Carnival of Rust" (#2) and "Locking up the Sun" (#3). So the question is...why have I never heard of these guys before? Probably because this brand of meticulously played commercial rock doesn’t make my playlist often. The band are thorough in their skillset, elaborating on these heart-felt songs with soothing guitar leads, piano and layers of harmonized vocals. None of it is particularly heavy, but as an alternative power source, the musicality and talent is full force. Marko Saaresto, the band's primary songwriter and lead singer, is similar to Jorn Lande on the more soulful vocal melodies. The album's diversity is the band's forte, showing off some hip hop influences on "Choice Millionaire" while the instrumental "Rogue" displays more cobalt riffs and soaring leads. Fans of the band should be pleased with this offering and it's lyrical approach; this completes the conceptual trilogy started in 2008 with 'Revolution Roulette'.