Poetry for the Poisoned

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Poetry For The Poisoned
Poetry For The Poisoned
Studio album by Kamelot
Released September 29, 2010
Recorded Gate Studios, Wolfsburg, Germany, 2009/2010
Genre Progressive metal, power metal
Length 57:00
Label Marquee/Avalon (Japan), Edel Music (Europe), KMG Recordings (North America)
Producer Sascha Paeth and Miro
Kamelot chronology
Ghost Opera
(2007)
Poetry for the Poisoned
(2010)
Silverthorn
(2012)
Reissue cover
Live from Wacken - Limited Tour Edition reissue cover (2011)

Poetry for the Poisoned is the ninth studio album from metal band Kamelot. It was released on the earMUSIC label, a subdivision of Edel,[1] on September 10, 2010 in Europe, and four days later in North America by the band's own label, KMG Recordings.[2]

It is the last Kamelot album with longtime lead vocalist and songwriter Roy Khan who left the band in 2011, and the first with original bass guitarist Sean Tibbetts, who left the band in 1992 prior to any release and returned in 2009 after 17 years.

A video was recorded for the song "The Great Pandemonium" and released on the band's official YouTube channel on September 6.[3]

Tracklisting[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Great Pandemonium" (feat. Björn "Speed" Strid) Roy Khan, Thomas Youngblood 4:24
2. "If Tomorrow Came"   Khan, Sascha Paeth 3:58
3. "Dear Editor"   Khan, Youngblood 1:18
4. "The Zodiac" (feat. Jon Oliva & Amanda Somerville) Khan, Youngblood, Paeth 4:00
5. "Hunter's Season" (feat. Gus G.) Khan, Youngblood 5:34
6. "House on a Hill" (feat. Simone Simons) Khan, Youngblood, Paeth 4:14
7. "Necropolis"   Khan, Youngblood 4:16
8. "My Train of Thoughts"   Khan, Youngblood 4:08
9. "Seal of Woven Years"   Khan, Youngblood 5:13
10. "Poetry for the Poisoned, Pt. I: Incubus"   Khan, Youngblood 2:57
11. "Poetry for the Poisoned, Pt. II: So Long" (feat. Simone Simons) Khan, Youngblood 3:24
12. "Poetry for the Poisoned, Pt. III: All Is Over" (feat. Simone Simons) Khan, Youngblood 1:03
13. "Poetry for the Poisoned, Pt. IV: Dissection"   Khan, Oliver Palotai[4] 2:00
14. "Once upon a Time"   Khan, Youngblood 3:45

Bonus Tracks[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
15. "Thespian Drama (instrumental)" (Japanese/vinyl single edition bonus track) Palotai 3:46
16. "Where the Wild Roses Grow" (feat. Chanty Wunder, EU limited edition bonus track) Nick Cave 3:59
17. "House on a Hill (uncut version)" (US edition bonus track) Khan, Youngblood, Paeth 5:02

Special Edition DVD[5][edit]

  • "The Great Pandemonium" (video)
  • Pick and Play for the song "The Great Pandemonium"
  • Live at Norway Rock Festival 2010
  • Interviews with each Kamelot member
  • Background Images
  • "House on a Hill" (uncut version) (US version only)

Limited Tour Edition[edit]

In 2011, a reissue of Poetry for the Poisoned entitled Poetry for the Poisoned & Live From Wacken: Limited Tour Edition was released on April 15 on Europe and May 10 in the US. The album was released as a double-disc set, with the first disc featuring Poetry for the Poisoned as previously released and the second disc contained 8 live tracks from their show at Wacken Open Air 2010.

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1:

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Great Pandemonium" (feat. Björn "Speed" Strid) Roy Khan, Thomas Youngblood 4:24
2. "If Tomorrow Came"   Khan, Sascha Paeth 3:58
3. "Dear Editor"     1:18
4. "The Zodiac" (feat. Jon Oliva & Amanda Somerville) Khan, Youngblood, Paeth 4:00
5. "Hunter's Season" (feat. Gus G.) Khan, Youngblood 5:34
6. "House on a Hill" (feat. Simone Simons) Khan, Youngblood, Paeth 4:14
7. "Necropolis"   Khan, Youngblood 4:16
8. "My Train of Thoughts"   Khan, Youngblood 4:08
9. "Seal of Woven Years"   Khan, Youngblood 5:13
10. "Poetry for the Poisoned, Pt. I: Incubus"   Khan, Youngblood 2:57
11. "Poetry for the Poisoned, Pt. II: So Long" (feat. Simone Simons) Khan, Youngblood 3:24
12. "Poetry for the Poisoned, Pt. III: All Is Over" (feat. Amanda Somerville) Khan, Youngblood 1:03
13. "Poetry for the Poisoned, Pt. IV: Dissection"   Khan, Oliver Palotai[4] 2:00
14. "Once Upon a Time"   Khan, Youngblood 3:45
15. "Where the Wild Roses Grow" (feat. Chanty Wunder) Nick Cave 4:51

Disc 2 - Live from Wacken Open Air 2010:

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Great Pandemonium"   Khan, Youngblood 4:28
2. "Human Stain"   Kamelot 4:24
3. "Center of the Universe"   Kamelot 5:37
4. "Pendulous Fall"   Kamelot 3:57
5. "Hunter's Season"   Khan, Youngblood 5:16
6. "Karma"   Khan, Youngblood 5:27
7. "Forever"   Khan, Youngblood 10:14
8. "March of Mephisto"   Kamelot 7:31

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[6]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com[7] 4/5 stars
Dangerdog[8] 5/5 stars
Darkscene[9] 8.5/10 stars
Lords of Metal[10] (88/100)
MetalKingdom[11] (9.3/10)
Metalstorm[12] (6.9/10)
Metalunderground[13] 4/5 stars
ReviewBusters[14] 9/10 stars
Sputnikmusic[15] 3/5 stars
StereoKiller[16] (4.25/5)
The Metal Circus[17] 8/10 stars
Sea of Tranquility[18] 5/5 stars

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Norwegian Albums Chart[19] 7
Finnish Albums Chart[20] 21
Swedish Albums Chart[21] 23
Greek Albums Chart[22] 24
German Albums Chart[23] 32
Belgian Albums Chart[24] 40
Dutch Albums Chart[25] 43
Swiss Albums Chart[26] 48
French Albums Chart[27] 54
Japanese Albums Chart[28] 55
Austrian Albums Chart[29] 57
Italian Albums Chart[30] 57
Canadian Albums Chart[30] 11
US Billboard Top 200[30] 72
USA Billboard Hard Rock Albums[30] 6
USA Billboard Indie Charts[30] 15
UK Albums Chart[31] 155

Personnel[edit]

Band members[edit]

Guests[32][edit]

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