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Poetry for the Poisoned [Special Edition, CD+DVD]

KamelotAudio CD
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Kamelot originated in 1991, and signed their first record deal in 1994. Since then they have toured the world and released 8 studio albums, including most recently The Black Halo and Ghost Opera. Ready to continue their rise to the pinnacle of Metal royalty with their 9th studio album, “Poetry for the Poisoned”, founding guitarist Thomas Youngblood and vocalist Roy Khan are joined ... Read more in Amazon's Kamelot Store

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  • Audio CD (September 14, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Edition, CD+DVD
  • Label: Kamelot Media Group
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,268 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Great Pandemonium
2. If Tomorrow Came
3. Dear Editor
4. The Zodiac
5. Hunter's Season
6. House On A Hill
7. Necropolis
8. My Train Of Thoughts
9. Seal Of Woven Years
10. Poetry For The Poisoned Pt. I - Incubus
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Great Pandemonium Video
2. Stockholm Sessions (Band Interviews)
3. Kamelot "Pick and Play"
4. Norway Rock Festival 2010 (Hunter's Season)
5. House On A Hill (uncut bonus track)
6. PFTP Background images

Editorial Reviews


On their ninth studio album, Kamelot once again bring their epic sound to bear on unsuspecting ears with Poetry for the Poisoned. Like their other albums, Poetry is a kind of sweeping prog metal symphony, taking heavy metal into the majestic and wide-open spaces of classical music. While Kamelot haven't done much to innovate on their sound, they certainly haven't lost a step, delivering track after track of densely arranged power metal packed to the brim with swirling keyboards and driving guitar work. What really makes the band stand out, though, is singer Roy Khan. With Khan's background in opera, his voice is a powerful presence in the songs that's able to stand out without overshadowing the rest of the music. Given their style of music, there's a fine line between getting lost in the composition and overpowering everything else, and it's a line that Khan and Kamelot walk well. Really, balance is what Kamelot are all about, adding just enough symphonic and progressive elements to make the songs interesting without turning them into academic exercises and enough power metal to ensure that the songs are heavy without letting them get too cheesy. With all of these things working in harmony, Poetry for the Poisoned makes for a welcome addition to the Kamelot discography. -- Gregory Heaney - All Music Guide

Product Description

Deluxe CD/DVD edition includes bonus DVD. 2010 release from the Metal masters. Poetry For The Poisoned, their ninth studio album, is their most diverse and complete album to date. Initially written in the remote woods of Norway, and with final songwriting sessions completed in Germany, the dynamic compositions of Poetry For The Poisoned take the listener on an emotional journey that touches both the mind and soul with its mix of Progressive elements, Modern Rock, dark arts and, of course, Power Metal!

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not their Best, But Good Enough... October 12, 2010
By Ardra
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
With POETRY FOR THE POISONED, you get a sneak preview of some of the inner demons haunting vocalist Roy Khan, which apparently led to his nervous breakdown and cancellation of the US tour in the fall of 2010.

Apparently Roy suffers from panic attacks, and the title cut is his homage to this terrible feeling he gets when one of them strikes. "The Great Pandemonium" as a cut has a very cool intro, but unfortunately the song itself falls a little short. The video is extremely dark and flirts with some death metal 'corpse' imagery and hellish imagery. It is the darkest thing Kamelot has done yet and fans (this one included) are not 100% happy with it.

Track 2, "If Tommorrow Came" sounds more like modern post-"Ghost Opera" Kamelot - this album does seem to be a logical progression from that previous work - with some odd vocals thrown in, though it is mostly a familiar sound to Kamelot fans.

Track 3, "Dear Editor" is the spooky, haunting intro to Track 4, "The Zodiac", about the infamous serial killer. This track has John Oliva as guest doing some very rough scary vocals, contrasted against Khan's smoother voice. The refrain is a little trudging, but the guitar solo is quite good - Thomas Youngblood really has a spectacular performance on this album, with perhaps his best guitar solos yet, in this case, evocative almost of David Gilmour from Pink Floyd.

Track 5, "Hunter's Season" is a nice melodic, somewhat melancholic medium-paced rocker with a good melody that shows off Khan's voice to its best application. This is one of the easiest songs on the album to listen to, and is generally well-liked by fans.

Track 6, "House on a Hill" is a lovely ballad featuring the gorgeous and talented Simone Simons from EPICA alongside Roy once again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Starts slow, but improves in the second half December 13, 2010
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Initially I was a little disappointed with this album. I realize they had a big hill to climb after 'Black Halo', but when I first started listening I was impressed with song 1 (The Great Pandemonium), but then the songs dropped off in quality dramatically (IMO). The bad transitions rubbed me the wrong way.

But then 'House on a Hill' kicks in and the album improves significantly. It continues to improve with the Poetry for the Poisoned series (Parts 1-4) and concludes with a special edition 'House on a Hill'. Excellent! Totally recovered what I thought would be an average album (at best).

This album is definitely worth purchasing for Kamelot fans. But be sure to give it 3-4 complete listens before making a judgment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poetry...with a bit of Poison January 21, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Note: I would give it a 3.5 star, but you can't so I am rounding up.

After the much debated Ghost Opera (2007), Kamelot's Poetry for the Poisoned (2010) brings the band back on the scene in spectacular fashion...along with a few disappointments. In my experience, Kamelot albums have tended to be better quality when focused on either a theme or story (Epica, The Black Halo, The Fourth Legacy, Karma). Poetry for the Poisoned suffers from this lack of direction, despite the brilliance of the intense, dark, brooding lyrical content and atmosphere, a continuation of 2007's Ghost Opera (though in many ways superior). Roy Khan, despite his age (40), is a powerful and effective singer, with incredible emotion and technical control moving in to fully replace his younger, wider range. Thomas Youngblood again shows his magic fingers with some truly inspiring guitar leads. The rest of the band does what they do best, building a multilayer painting of musical darkness. Many guest singers join the ranks, and either support or elevate the music, but in no way fault it. A strong entry into Kamelot's library despite certain missteps in production and song choice.

Before I break down my thoughts song by song, I just want to mention that many people have complained about mixing issues, with a mild electronic effect on the guitars, and a dull muting of certain key instrumentation. It may just be me, but I did not find any of these issues (maybe it has to do with the CD itself?) to be particularly troublesome, though I bought it via download. So just FYI, if you are concerned about this factor, the download should work. Otherwise, it's just personal taste.

-When the music is good, it is GREAT!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kamelot February 26, 2011
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. While it won't score points for creativity, Poetry for the Poisoned maintains Kamelot's stellar reputation for quality, giving us one of the band's most exciting and enjoyable albums to date. This is a gem of melodic prog-metal: well-written, impeccably performed and produced, and genuinely fun to listen to. Taken has a whole, Poetry for the Poisoned sticks to Kamelot's winning combination of intense (though never overbearing) metal, a dark tone, dynamic songwriting, melodramatic lyrics and lots and lots of memorable guitar and vocal highlights.
"Great Pandemonium" opens the affiar very predictably but very powerfully. It's a crowd- pleaser, as is every opening song on Kamelot albums, but the mood and precision of the song sets the bar high. Luckily the group keeps things consistant, with an excellent mix of dynamics and melodies which follow. Youngblood gets some fantastic soloing in, while the rhythm section stands out during the many tempo changes throughout, lending a lot to the dramatic feel of the band here. The keyboard work is very subtle, nothing at all like the up-front work of Rudess or other more symphonic prog-metal groups. Palotai uses his many keys for textures and sweeping tones, which is probably the biggest element of the band's "power-metal" feel. He is clearly more into contributing to the whole rather than trying to steal the spotlight, which I think is actually present in the whole band, and is meant quite complementary. Kamelot's music isn't ostentatious, it's just really really good. The whole band feels like they work very well together, and are more concerned with making an excellent record than anything else. The centerpiece of the album, the 13-minute title piece, is a highlight in the band's songlibrary. Great stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome album
Published 15 days ago by James Forero
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome-sauce
Kamelot is an awesome symphonic metal band! This album just blows my mind every time I hear it! Great vocals by Roy Kahn and Simone Simmons, and all around awesome music! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brandy Thomas
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Published 8 months ago by V. Dickinson
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointed. Hopefully it warms up on me...
I was a little disappointed with this album. The sound of the album just isn't quite up to par with the past few albums and the melodies sound almost forced. Read more
Published 10 months ago by JWW
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty & poisonous prog/power metal poetry
Just as the above editorial review notes, maintaining a fine sense of balance are, for the most part, what Kamelot are all about. Read more
Published 13 months ago by A. Stutheit
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the most interesting takes on the afterlife
the vocals of roy khan, are just as good live as in the studio. and the visual pictures i get in my mind when i listen to the lyrics portrays vast unimaginable possiblilities of... Read more
Published 13 months ago by T. Labrum
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkest and hardest Kamelot album to date! I love it!
In my opinion, it's better than Ghost Opera,definitely harder and darker. It has one of my favorite Kameot songs in Hunter Season and the album shouldn't be overlooked. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Callan Mori
1.0 out of 5 stars Such a let down...
I'm not going to go into huge detail in why I don't like this album. I'm just going to say that if you liked the heavy style of their previous albums, you won't enjoy this album. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Andrew Downey
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this is a great album. a must for any fan of kamelot. just love it. I do really recommend it.
Published 20 months ago by marvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy. This. Album.
This album does have a couple flaws but not enough to rob them of that fifth star. The guest vocals in the first track could give a new listener the wrong impression that Kamelot... Read more
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The Forth Legacy and Karma are 100% power metal. After that it gets odd. Definitely hints of prog and gothic in their later albums but Kamelot will always be a power metal band to me if only for the lyrical themes. I, for one, see it as a positive that they don't sound like just another power... Read More
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