Kamelot – Poetry For The Poisoned

     I read a review of this album (a few, in truth) and I cannot believe that anyone actually listened to the thing. They appeared to have read the lyrics but one actually stated that the song “The Zodiac” was about role-playing, as in sexual role playing. Nothing is as asinine as that assumption.

     What anyone needs to consider before listening to this album is that guitarist, founding member, and main songwriter, Thomas Youngblood, had a death in his family; that of his mother. 
     When my own mother died, and we were not that close, it brought up many questions about my own mortality and that is a place you don’t want to go but eventually everyone has to.
     Thomas and his mother were close. Hence, the music for Poetry For The Poisoned is more dark in nature compared to Kamelot‘s earlier releases. I am not saying the early albums were not dark, they had much darkness to them, but, the earlier albums were guided by conceptual idea’s whereas Poetry… is not.
     I am not going to say that every song is as strong as the next or one before it.
     Taking everything into account that other reviews said, I started listening to the album in a random order rather than the prescribed one (instead of The Great Pandemonium playing first, My Train Of Thought played as opener, or any other of the songs in the disc). It is funny how a song, considered weaker than another, has better momentum depending on when it is played.

     I have said it before about Kamelot and am saying it again, listen to the music, not one part of it, but everything as an entire.
     Take the song The Zodiac, it is about the Zodiac killer, who has never been caught. The song itself steps into the mind of the killer in a probable capacity; the many differing voices of the vocalists involved and the various emotions sustained throughout, signify that our man was a bit crazy. I think the usage is brilliant in its portrayal.

     So maybe Kamelot does have a problem, that being they are assuming their listeners are intelligent enough to figure out what it is they are trying to convey without the band having to give an explanation about every lyric, every melody.
     Then again, Kamelot has never had a drastic change in the course of their sound. Each album is different, but not so much so that long-time fans feel alienated by the band.
     Whatever the case may be, I listen to Kamelot for their well-roundedness (is that even a word?) and excellent songwriting. Metal doesn’t all have to be screaming over the same three power-chords with a dozen notes bent and sustained past the rhythm as some kind of lead. If anything, Kamelot reminds me of fellow Florida Metal band, Savatage – an excellent and proficient band that never got the respect they deserved… until they started making christmas music (TSO).

Track Listing For Poetry For The Poisoned:
01: The Great Pandemonium
02: If Tomorrow Came
03: Dear Editor
04: The Zodiac
05: Hunter’s Season
06: House On A Hill
07: Necropolis
08: My Train Of Thought
09: Seal Of Woven Years
Poetry For The Poisoned
10: Pt. I.    Incubus
11: Pt. II.   So Long
12: Pt. III. All Is Over
13: Pt. IV. Dissection
14: Once Upon A Time

Japanese release has the instrumental Thespian Drama as a bonus track
EU version has a cover of Nick Cave‘s Where The Wild Roses Grow
Supposedly, the U.S. version has an uncut version of House On A Hill. If it does it is not on my CD.

There are many guests on the album, including, Simone Simons of Epica, Björn “Speed” Strid of Soilwork, John Oliva of SavatageTrans-Siberian OrchestraJohn Oliva’s Pain, Gus G. of Firewind and Ozzy Osbourne, and Amanda Somerville of her own damn self.

     In all, as a fan of Kamelot, I was not, in any way, disappointed by Poetry For The Poisoned. I am disappointed that vocalist Roy Khan has left the band earlier this month.

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