Poets of the Fall is a rock band hailing from Finland that I'm very surprised they're not more of a name stateside when it comes to excellent rock music. I've been a fan of the band for about two years, loving both albums they've released (their debut "Signs of Life" and their sophomore effort "Carnival of Rust"), and they've since released their third album "Revolution Roulette".
This album has a heavier collective tonality than their previous albums, showing a strong effort from the band that bests many rock albums released stateside in the past year. From the energetic album opener "More" to the soothing, yet thoughtful "Where Do We Draw the Line", the band radiates such control, punch, and poise in their music. Some of my favorite tracks from this album include "The Ultimate Fling", which alternates from being playful and tongue in cheek to really rocking out in an anthemic way, "Psychosis", the band's heaviest song effort to date, "Revolution Roulette", which does a great job matching the instrumentation to the theme of the song; "Passion Colors Everything" (my personal favorite); and "Clevermind". There really isn't a song on this album that doesn't engage you in some fashion, lyrically as well as tonality wise.
I think Poets fans will love this new effort from the band, and I would urge those who haven't heard of Poets of the Fall to try this and their other albums for an excellent rock band that will be around for years to come. Strong lyrics, great instrumentation, and just well rounded on all levels.