History Music / PoetsOfTheFall

23rd Aug '16 2:25:26 PM Aiguille
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* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: {{Downplayed}} and {{Discussed}} in "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGWBGFZcKGE&index=11&list=PLjACqN5i5sDWoCTXHzphV5EZtNqPEmYaP Nothing Stays the Same]]," as the singer describes wallowing in absolutist thinking in darker moments.
-->And black and white thoughts have all bowed to me\\
As Iíve walked through their unlit corridors
* BlackBugRoom: {{Downplayed}} in "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGWBGFZcKGE&index=11&list=PLjACqN5i5sDWoCTXHzphV5EZtNqPEmYaP Nothing Stays the Same]]," as the singer says he's "walked through [the] unlit corridors" that are inhabited by his [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity black and white]] thoughts.



* ChessMotifs: The album art for the radio edit of "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UX9UaCd_qI Drama for Life]]" features a red silhouette of a king piece topped with the band's [[MacabreMothMotif Morpho]] logo instead of the usual cross-shaped finial.

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* ChessMotifs: ChessMotifs:
** The [[http://www.madsupply.com/binary-3516/binary_3516.png album art]] for ''Clearview'' features a silhouette of a knight piece filled with a [[UnmovingPlaid flat]] black marble texture.
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The album art for the radio edit of "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UX9UaCd_qI Drama for Life]]" features a red silhouette of a king piece topped with the band's [[MacabreMothMotif Morpho]] logo instead of the usual cross-shaped finial.


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* DrowningMySorrows: {{Implied}} in "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGWBGFZcKGE&index=11&list=PLjACqN5i5sDWoCTXHzphV5EZtNqPEmYaP Nothing Stays the Same]]," as the singer admits he's "been doused in elixir to numb my pains."


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* EmbodimentsOfVice: In the video for "[[https://youtu.be/MKk1u5RMTn4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWIIpg-5EB4WcitMMqnXhFP Carnival of Rust]]," Mr. ''Greed'' is the [[CircusOfFear Carnival's]] brightly colored, nattily-dressed, creepily grinning barker, who happily takes the money of the gas-masked woman and gives her a prize for winning his game. He's also a [[{{Doppelganger}} dead-ringer]] for "Rust's" ''singer,'' the bedraggled, monochrome LoveHungry SadClown Zoltar, implying that the latter has some [[LiteralSplitPersonality issues]] he needs to work through about his idea of love.


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* GoodSamaritan: In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGWBGFZcKGE&index=11&list=PLjACqN5i5sDWoCTXHzphV5EZtNqPEmYaP Nothing Stays the Same]]," the singer describes the listener as being his metaphorical Good Samaritan, finding him when he's feeling lost amidst all the gambles he's taken on life.


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* GuardianAngel: In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGWBGFZcKGE&index=11&list=PLjACqN5i5sDWoCTXHzphV5EZtNqPEmYaP Nothing Stays the Same]]," the singer compares the listener to an angel who stays by him through his moments of weakness and rumination.


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* InItForLife: In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_8wYwvlmBE Drama for Life]]," while the singer thrills to his BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind, embracing his inner creative impulse and embarking on a risky adventure, he acknowledges its not without tradeoffs, admitting he's "sentenced to [[TitleDrop drama for life]]."


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* MentalStory: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_8wYwvlmBE Drama for Life]]" is about a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind where the singer attempts to grapple with and embrace his creative GhostInTheMachine, and its aftermath, never really leaving the symbol-filled confines of the singer's head.


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* RichBoredom: In the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di7NMssrqsE Daze]]," this appears to afflict OrcusOnHisThrone figure [[TragicMistake Hamartia]], as he seems thoroughly contemptuous of the decadent MasqueradeBall he's presiding over, only regaining interest at the prospect of wrecking vengeance on an absconder from the ball.


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* RobotClown: In the video for "[[https://youtu.be/MKk1u5RMTn4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWIIpg-5EB4WcitMMqnXhFP Carnival of Rust]]," Zoltar the Fortuneteller is an automaton clown trapped in a glass case, albeit an exceptionally {{sad|Clown}}, decrepit one, with monochrome, flaking makeup and faded, tatty clothes. Playing the role of a [[CommediaDellArte Pierrot]] gone to seed, he attempts to free himself from the [[CircusOfFear Carnival]] by futilely begging for his latest customer's love via an ObsessionSong.


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* SignificantDoubleCasting: In the video for ObsessionSong "[[https://youtu.be/MKk1u5RMTn4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWIIpg-5EB4WcitMMqnXhFP Carnival of Rust]]," vocalist Marko Saaresto plays both the decaying, monochrome SadClown automaton Zoltar, who sings the song, and the flamboyantly dapper, ever-grinning human barker Mr. [[EmbodimentsOfVice Greed]], underscoring that Zoltar's attitude towards love is dysfunctional.


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* TookALevelInCynic: In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGWBGFZcKGE&index=11&list=PLjACqN5i5sDWoCTXHzphV5EZtNqPEmYaP Nothing Stays the Same]]," the singer describes facing disillusionment after conversing with supposedly respectable people.
-->I've talked to the men of high regard\\
In rooms ever white and my soul grew dark by their words\\
Softly sweet as kissing lips\\
A kaleidoscope of no consolation at all


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* AWorldHalfFull: In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGWBGFZcKGE&index=11&list=PLjACqN5i5sDWoCTXHzphV5EZtNqPEmYaP Nothing Stays the Same]]," the singer ends up forming the opinion that, on balance, the world is pretty decent, weighing the world's problems and his life dissatisfactions against good experiences and the presence of someone who cares about him.
-->When sorrow calls my name\\
I know [[TitleDrop nothing stays the same]].
15th Aug '16 6:59:40 PM Aiguille
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* ''Clearview'' (2016)



* CasualHighDrop: In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_8wYwvlmBE Drama for Life]]," this imagery is how the lyrics characterize the LeapOfFaith neccesary to harness the creative impulse, including an in-context SingerNameDrop. The band is so good at managing this descent, they're ''Poets'' of the Fall.

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* CasualHighDrop: In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_8wYwvlmBE Drama for Life]]," this imagery is how the lyrics characterize the LeapOfFaith neccesary necessary to harness the creative impulse, including an in-context SingerNameDrop. The band is so good at managing this descent, they're ''Poets'' of the Fall.



** In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_8wYwvlmBE Drama for Life]]," embracing and working with the rampant creative impulse in his head results in the creation of a "mental Versailles for the singer."

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** In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_8wYwvlmBE Drama for Life]]," embracing and working with the rampant creative impulse in his head results in the creation of a "mental Versailles Versailles" for the singer."



** Personified in MonsterClown Hamartia, the sinister jester mascot of ''Twilight Theater's'' [[http://www.poetsofthefall.com/discography/twilight_theater_cover/ album art]] and VillainProtagonist singer of "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di7NMssrqsE Daze]]," who finds perverse humour and joy in others' disastrous errors.

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** Personified [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Personified]] in MonsterClown Hamartia, the sinister jester mascot of ''Twilight Theater's'' [[http://www.poetsofthefall.com/discography/twilight_theater_cover/ album art]] and VillainProtagonist singer of "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di7NMssrqsE Daze]]," who finds perverse humour and joy in others' disastrous errors.
15th Aug '16 11:47:47 AM Aiguille
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* AnthropomorphicPersonification: MonsterClown Hamartia, the sinister jester mascot of ''Twilight Theater's'' [[http://www.poetsofthefall.com/discography/twilight_theater_cover/ album art]] and VillainProtagonist singer of "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di7NMssrqsE Daze]]," personifies the concept of the TragicMistake, and finds watching others make them a source of fun.



* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_8wYwvlmBE Drama for Life]]" describes struggling and reaching a détente with one's own potentially destructive creative impulses, represented alternately by an agitated "madman" or a rampaging bull running loose in the singer's head.



* CasualHighDrop: In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_8wYwvlmBE Drama for Life]]," this imagery is how the lyrics characterize the LeapOfFaith neccesary to harness the creative impulse, including an in-context SingerNameDrop. The band is so good at managing this descent, they're ''Poets'' of the Fall.
-->Perfect near-fatal headlong dive\\
A blueprint for life
* ChessMotifs: The album art for the radio edit of "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UX9UaCd_qI Drama for Life]]" features a red silhouette of a king piece topped with the band's [[MacabreMothMotif Morpho]] logo instead of the usual cross-shaped finial.



* EnemyWithin: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_8wYwvlmBE Drama for Life]]" has the singer doing [[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind battle]] with his rampant GhostInTheMachine before deciding to TakeAThirdOption and "embrace" its chaotic influence.



* EscapedAnimalRampage: In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_8wYwvlmBE Drama for Life]]," the singer conceptualizes his creativity using bull imagery, and its depicted as running rampant.
-->He tears a stampede through my head\\
Wild and horny



* ExpositoryThemeTune: "[[https://youtu.be/Ocqtd4SYo7M?list=PLIXpL9mz02mJS0ox-8Ll9lxlOzM8D6I7- Grinder's Blues]]," the {{Rockabilly}} ThemeSong of SciFi {{Platform|Game}}er ''VideoGame/{{Rochard}}.'' where the AsteroidMiner protagonist laments that he and his crew can't deliver on the quotas set forth by their boss, and he can't think of any solution.

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* ExpositoryThemeTune: "[[https://youtu.be/Ocqtd4SYo7M?list=PLIXpL9mz02mJS0ox-8Ll9lxlOzM8D6I7- Grinder's Blues]]," the {{Rockabilly}} ThemeSong of SciFi {{Platform|Game}}er ''VideoGame/{{Rochard}}.'' ''VideoGame/{{Rochard}},'' where the AsteroidMiner protagonist laments that he and his crew can't deliver on the quotas set forth by their boss, and he can't think of any solution.



* {{Flight}}: In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_8wYwvlmBE Drama for Life]]," flying to absurd heights with the agitated "madman in [his] mind" is one of the ways the singer describes embracing his creativity.



* GhostInTheMachine: In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_8wYwvlmBE Drama for Life]]," a "prolific designer" that personifies the singer's unrestrained creativity is [[MissionControlIsOffItsMeds off-leash]], alternately depicted as a madman or rampaging animal with which the singer is in conflict.



* HappyPlace: In the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompevuR1644&list=PLjACqN5i5sDWjx8wkdUyCl4MjctV4SE6o Lift]]," Poet County Jail inmate and MadDreamer Mark sometimes retreats to a mental house stuffed with framed and flapping [[MacabreMothMotif moths]], children's toys, and illusory band mates during his psych screening.

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* HappyPlace: HappyPlace:
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In the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompevuR1644&list=PLjACqN5i5sDWjx8wkdUyCl4MjctV4SE6o Lift]]," Poet County Jail inmate and MadDreamer Mark sometimes retreats to a mental house stuffed with framed and flapping [[MacabreMothMotif moths]], children's toys, and illusory band mates during his psych screening.
** In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_8wYwvlmBE Drama for Life]]," embracing and working with the rampant creative impulse in his head results in the creation of a "mental Versailles for the singer."
* HearingVoices: In the opening seconds of "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_8wYwvlmBE Drama for Life]]," unintelligible vocalizations represent the singer's unstable creative impulse, a "madman in [his] mind," as a GhostInTheMachine nattering away from inside his head.


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* ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin: In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_8wYwvlmBE Drama for Life]]," engaging in the creative process itself is an "aggressively primal cultural high."


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* SingerNamedrop: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_8wYwvlmBE Drama for Life]]" has the singer explaining the ethos behind the band name, comparing struggling with one's rampant GhostInTheMachine to {{Flight}}, and how full embrace of the creative impulse turns a LeapOfFaith into a fulfilling CasualHighDrop.
-->Higher and higher as we fly\\
We're Poets of the Fall\\
Perfect near-fatal headlong dive\\
A blueprint for life


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* TakeAThirdOption: In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_8wYwvlmBE Drama for Life]]," when [[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind battling]] with his EnemyWithin, an out-of-control creative impulse compared to a rampaging bull, the singer elects to stop fighting and take a chance on riding it out, seeing where it takes him.
-->Just one chance to kill it dead\\
But I will embrace it\\
Into the darkness on we ride\\
To gamble is all
31st Jul '16 5:52:51 PM Aiguille
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Shortly after the band was formed in 2003, Sami Järvi, a friend of Saarestoís and a scriptwriter working at Remedy, asked him to turn a poem Järvi had written into a song for ''VideoGame/MaxPayne2''; this would turn into "Late Goodbye", which serves as the gameís end credits theme and a recurring motif. Additionally, Kaarlonen had previously worked at a software company, which contacted them to use the song "Lift" in a benchmark program. Both of these helped expose the band to a wide audience. Their debut album, ''Signs of Life'', entered the Finnish charts in the number-one spot and remained in the Top 40 for over a year.

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Shortly after the band was formed in 2003, Sami Järvi, a friend of Saarestoís and a scriptwriter working at Remedy, Creator/RemedyEntertainment, asked him to turn a poem Järvi had written into a song for ''VideoGame/MaxPayne2''; this would turn into "Late Goodbye", which serves as the gameís end credits theme and a recurring motif. Additionally, Kaarlonen had previously worked at a software company, which contacted them to use the song "Lift" in a benchmark program. Both of these helped expose the band to a wide audience. Their debut album, ''Signs of Life'', entered the Finnish charts in the number-one spot and remained in the Top 40 for over a year.



* AmuletOfConcentratedAwesome: {{Ambiguous|Situation}}ly {{Implied}} in the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biZpPNzt3II Choice Millionaire]]," with the [[TheMerch Hopecatcher]], a steel {{feather|motif}} pendant that the subversive DeusExMachina gives a labourer to facilitate escape from the Machine. Still, it is quite literally depicted as a MagicFeather.

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* AmuletOfConcentratedAwesome: {{Ambiguous|Situation}}ly {{Implied}} in the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biZpPNzt3II Choice Millionaire]]," with the [[TheMerch [[OfficialCosplayGear Hopecatcher]], a steel {{feather|motif}} pendant that the subversive DeusExMachina gives a labourer to facilitate escape from the Machine. Still, it is quite literally depicted as a MagicFeather.



* ExpositoryThemeTune: "[[https://youtu.be/Ocqtd4SYo7M?list=PLIXpL9mz02mJS0ox-8Ll9lxlOzM8D6I7- Grinder's Blues]]," the {{Rockabilly}} ThemeSong of SciFi {{Platform|Game}}er ''VideoGame/{{Rochard}}.'' where the AsteroidMiner protagonist laments that he and his crew can't deliver on the quotas set forth by their boss, and he can't think of any solution.



** In the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biZpPNzt3II Choice Millionaire]]," the DeusExMachina subversive against the Machine also wears black feathers on his armor, one of which he plucks off and transforms to gift an imprisoned labourer with a "[[TheMerch Hopecatcher]]," a steel feather pendant that functions as an {{Amulet|OfConcentratedAwesome}} to aid the labourers in escaping from the Machine.

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** In the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biZpPNzt3II Choice Millionaire]]," the DeusExMachina subversive against the Machine also wears black feathers on his armor, one of which he plucks off and transforms to gift an imprisoned labourer with a "[[TheMerch "[[OfficialCosplayGear Hopecatcher]]," a steel feather pendant that functions as an {{Amulet|OfConcentratedAwesome}} to aid the labourers in escaping from the Machine.



* {{Hallucinations}}: In the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompevuR1644&list=PLjACqN5i5sDWjx8wkdUyCl4MjctV4SE6o Lift]]," Poet County Jail inmate and MadDreamer Mark suffers from persistent visions of [[MacabreMothMotif moths]] during his psych screening, even in an InkblotTest that's later revealed to have a very dissimilar shape. He pleads with them to make him fly, and they similarly feature heavily in his HappyPlace, from which they bleed into reality.

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* {{Hallucinations}}: {{Hallucinations}}:
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In the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompevuR1644&list=PLjACqN5i5sDWjx8wkdUyCl4MjctV4SE6o Lift]]," Poet County Jail inmate and MadDreamer Mark suffers from persistent visions of [[MacabreMothMotif moths]] during his psych screening, even in an InkblotTest that's later revealed to have a very dissimilar shape. He pleads with them to make him fly, and they similarly feature heavily in his HappyPlace, from which they bleed into reality. reality.
** In "[[https://youtu.be/f0w_WYXPIMc?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWU8BGL5afu1ynDxAMPX2rH Psychosis]]," the chorus {{Discusse|d}}s the singer's hallucinations, which they frame as a source of fleeting inspiration until they decompensate again.
--->Revelation leading to my psychosis and inspiration\\
Digest another hallucination, psychosis by recreation\\
Happy till the next deterioration, psychosis



* OfficialCosplayGear: {{Invoked}} with the Hopecatcher, the steel {{feather|motif}} pendant AmuletOfConcentratedAwesome shown in the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biZpPNzt3II Choice Millionaire]]." Co-designed by Poets and the video's sponsor, Finnish jeweler Kultajousi, the original was given away in a contest, while copies are sold at Kultajousi and the Poets [[http://www.madsupply.com/en/shop/band+merchandise/poets+of+the+fall/miscellaneous/hopecatcher+pendant webshop]].



* {{Pride}}: {{Discussed}} in "[[https://youtu.be/wwkWWwns_E8?list=PLjACqN5i5sDVe5s5ehe-4hWUb_lHbQ2Nd Hounds to Hamartia]]" as the singer warns the song's subject that the arrogance they display in their ruthless pursuit of fame will eventually cause them to make a fatal error.
-->Just like magic Hubris leads, leads its hounds, hounds to Hamartia



* UnpluggedVersion: Frequently in concert.

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* TitleTrack:
** ''[[https://youtu.be/MKk1u5RMTn4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWIIpg-5EB4WcitMMqnXhFP Carnival of Rust]],'' an ObsessionSong where the singer laments that their life is a ruin without the listener's love.
** ''[[https://youtu.be/v7v8ZwWtNXY?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWU8BGL5afu1ynDxAMPX2rH Revolution Roulette]],'' a song that fatalistically talks about the odds of a FullCircleRevolution.
** ''[[https://youtu.be/KZQXv09w8hw?list=PLjACqN5i5sDXe-oj7szpVmMrZlXBpghuL Temple of Thought]],'' a love song that talks about how much the listener is valued and emphasizes that they're always on the singer's mind.
** ''[[https://youtu.be/qFqCBgT9DhM?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWoCTXHzphV5EZtNqPEmYaP Jealous Gods]],'' a love song that makes epic, grandiose romantic promises, and then wonders if this is the right attitude to take.
* TragicMistake:
** Personified in MonsterClown Hamartia, the sinister jester mascot of ''Twilight Theater's'' [[http://www.poetsofthefall.com/discography/twilight_theater_cover/ album art]] and VillainProtagonist singer of "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di7NMssrqsE Daze]]," who finds perverse humour and joy in others' disastrous errors.
** {{Discussed}} in "[[https://youtu.be/wwkWWwns_E8?list=PLjACqN5i5sDVe5s5ehe-4hWUb_lHbQ2Nd Hounds to Hamartia]]" as the singer warns the song's subject that their increasingly ruthless and arrogant self-interest will inevitably lead to a fatal mistake.
--->Just like magic {{Hubris}} leads, leads its hounds, hounds to Hamartia
* TrialBalloonQuestion: The opening verse of ObsessionSong "[[https://youtu.be/MKk1u5RMTn4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWIIpg-5EB4WcitMMqnXhFP Carnival of Rust]]" asks the listener not only if the feelings the singer has are mutual, but in a twisted exercise in WishfulProjection, whether the listener has an equally warped outlook on their romantic feelings.
-->D'you breathe the name of your saviour in your hour of need\\
N' taste the blame if the flavor should remind you of greed,
* TuxedoAndMartini: While performing their live CoverVersion of ''{{Film/Casino Royale|2006}}'''s "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcjZZIRRBNA You Know My Name]]," for The Voice's ''Livenä Vieraissa'' compilation album, they engage in Film/JamesBond cosplay, in stereotypically immaculate tuxes and {{Bowties|AreCool}}.
* UnpluggedVersion: Frequently in concert.when performing live, but only a few have seen official release.


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** For their live performance at Radio Nova's Nova Stage, they performed acoustic versions of ''Jealous Gods'' songs "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQ8GDgqq7qA Daze]]" and "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQnO7m5L8e0 Love Will Come to You]]" as well as a CoverVersion of Music/{{Adele}}'s "[[https://youtu.be/GBrzryFr-G8 Rolling in the Deep]]".
* VillainSong: "[[https://youtu.be/BAh6ay9QDtE?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUEienDV52g85W6J7chzLXV The Happy Song]]," the BraggingThemeTune for Mr. Scratch, HumanoidAbomination antagonist of ''VideoGame/AlanWakesAmericanNightmare.'' In it, an AxCrazy singer exults in his own psychopathy, while in-universe, Mr. Scratch is shown happily dancing to it as SourceMusic after murdering the people who were partying and playing the song too loudly in the room next to his.
* VisualPun: In the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompevuR1644&list=PLjACqN5i5sDWjx8wkdUyCl4MjctV4SE6o Lift]]," during his psych screening, MadDreamer Mark sometimes retreats to a HappyPlace which takes the form of rooms in a mental house, one of which seems to be an attic [[http://www.grammarphobia.com/blog/2011/11/crazy.html filled with toys]].
* WanderlustSong: DrivingSong "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di7NMssrqsE Daze]]" is about the highs and lows of touring, dealing with both the thrill of travel and the exhaustion that comes with it.
-->Rolling down the freeway, master to the speed of light\\
Screaming up in the air, bursting through the night\\
No rest, I've stayed here too long, it's time to move on
* WishfulProjection: In ObsessionSong "[[https://youtu.be/MKk1u5RMTn4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWIIpg-5EB4WcitMMqnXhFP Carnival of Rust]]," the LoveHungry singer is depicted as LovingAShadow from the outset, but it isn't enough that the object of his affection should love him back. He's also insistent they share the same dysfunctional, guilty level of fixation that he does, and telegraphs this via a loaded TrialBalloonQuestion.
-->D'you breathe the name of your saviour in your hour of need\\
N' taste the blame if the flavor should remind you of greed,\\
Of implication, insinuation and ill will, 'til you cannot lie still
* WordSaladLyrics: {{Inverted}} in-universe in the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompevuR1644&list=PLjACqN5i5sDWjx8wkdUyCl4MjctV4SE6o Lift]]," MadDreamer Mark's speech, which consists of entirely coherent lyrics from a nervous, ambivalent love song, is transcribed and treated by prison psychologists evaluating him as evidence of his schizophrenia and criminal insanity.
* WordSaladPhilosophy: {{Subverted}} in "[[https://youtu.be/f0w_WYXPIMc?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWU8BGL5afu1ynDxAMPX2rH Psychosis]]," where a chorus that confesses the singer's insanity and opening lines that seem like nonsensical ranting eventually gain context as cynical and bitter musings on fame's superficiality, until they give up and begin to plot sinister ways to exploit it.
-->It's like I'm a welcoming freak show doormat\\
Held in awe while growing fat in the head\\
This is where we all should see red
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* AxCrazy:
** {{Implied}} in the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompevuR1644&list=PLjACqN5i5sDWjx8wkdUyCl4MjctV4SE6o Lift]]." Taken together, MadDreamer Mark smiling and manifesting BlackEyesOfEvil when presented with an evidence bag containing a straight pin, a photo of a woman with moth wings that figures prominently in both his psych hearing and his HappyPlace, and his fixation on pinned moths all suggest that Mark has done very, very bad things to end up in Poet County Jail and deemed a "menace to society."
** {{Implied}} in "[[https://youtu.be/BAh6ay9QDtE?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUEienDV52g85W6J7chzLXV The Happy Song]]," wherein a LaughingMad singer engages in EvilGloating about how they're going to kill the listener. In ''VideoGame/AlanWakesAmericanNightmare,'' it serves as the VillainSong for Mr. Scratch, a sadistic KnifeNut.



* BlackEyesOfEvil: In the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompevuR1644&list=PLjACqN5i5sDWjx8wkdUyCl4MjctV4SE6o Lift]]," MadDreamer and jail inmate Mark manifests matte black eyes briefly during his psych screening when the female psychologist evaluating him confronts him with an evidence bag containing a red ball-head straight pin. Though his mouth is out of frame, his expression implies that he's ''smiling'' at the sight of it.



* BoltOfDivineRetribution: The cover of the album ''[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/af/Jealous_Gods_cover.jpg Jealous Gods]]'' alludes to vengeful dieties when paired with the title, showing a [[RulesOfTheRoad road sign]] with a lightning bolt.

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* BoltOfDivineRetribution: The cover of the album ''[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/af/Jealous_Gods_cover.jpg Jealous Gods]]'' alludes to vengeful dieties deities when paired with the title, showing a [[RulesOfTheRoad road sign]] with a lightning bolt.bolt.
* BraggingThemeTune: "[[https://youtu.be/BAh6ay9QDtE?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUEienDV52g85W6J7chzLXV The Happy Song]]," a VillainSong for Mr. Scratch, HumanoidAbomination antagonist of ''VideoGame/AlanWakesAmericanNightmare.'' In it, the singer rants about his madness with a kind of twisted pride, engaging in EvilGloating about the listener's impending death.
-->I told you I'm a psycho, psycho, PSYCHO, yeah!



* EvilGloating: The point of "[[https://youtu.be/BAh6ay9QDtE?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUEienDV52g85W6J7chzLXV The Happy Song]]," particularly in context as a VillainSong for Mr. Scratch, HumanoidAbomination antagonist of ''VideoGame/AlanWakesAmericanNightmare,'' as the singer sounds self-satisfied, even when maniacally threatening the listener.
-->Violent schizophrenia\\
You know I'm gonna get ya



* IWarnedYou: A repeated sentiment in "[[https://youtu.be/BAh6ay9QDtE?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUEienDV52g85W6J7chzLXV The Happy Song]]," as a form of EvilGloating, ranging from whispered to screamed.
-->You knew I'm a psycho\\
I told you I'm a psycho\\
Really, I'm a psycho, heh heh heh heh heh heh\\
I told ya, I told ya!



* InteractiveNarrator: In the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di7NMssrqsE Daze]]" [[MonsterClown jester]] Hamartia is narrating the thoughts of an absconder from a MasqueradeBall, (which includes punctuating a particularly wishful lyric with a hard eyeroll) the twist being its ''his'' ball she's fled, and, as OrcusOnHisThrone, he's feeling jealous enough to retaliate.

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* InsaneEqualsViolent:
** ZigZagged in the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompevuR1644&list=PLjACqN5i5sDWjx8wkdUyCl4MjctV4SE6o Lift]]." Evidence from his psych hearing combined with imagery from his HappyPlace [[ImpliedTrope suggests]] MadDreamer Mark, diagnosed with schizophrenia, delusional parasitosis and dissociative identity disorder, is genuinely AxCrazy. But in his more stable moments, it takes very little {{troll}}ing on his part to provoke varying degrees of violent responses from frustrated staff, whether the psychologists are breaking pencils and scattering papers in rage, or a guard is attempting assault.
** In "[[https://youtu.be/BAh6ay9QDtE?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUEienDV52g85W6J7chzLXV The Happy Song]]," this is the opinion of the AxCrazy ''singer'' as he [[EvilGloating smugly]] admonishes the listener for failing to realize that referring to himself as a "psycho" was NotHyperbole.
* InteractiveNarrator: In the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di7NMssrqsE Daze]]" Daze]]," [[MonsterClown jester]] Hamartia is narrating the thoughts of an absconder from a MasqueradeBall, (which includes punctuating a particularly wishful lyric with a hard eyeroll) the twist being its ''his'' ball she's fled, and, as OrcusOnHisThrone, he's feeling jealous enough to retaliate.



* LaughingMad:
** The singer of "[[https://youtu.be/f0w_WYXPIMc?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWU8BGL5afu1ynDxAMPX2rH Psychosis]]" opens and punctuates his bitter ranting with nasty chuckling.
** The AxCrazy singer of "[[https://youtu.be/BAh6ay9QDtE?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUEienDV52g85W6J7chzLXV The Happy Song]]" punctuates his open admissions that he's "a psycho" with husky chuckles or shrieky laughter depending on whether his EvilGloating takes the form of a mock-conspiratorial whisper or an enthusiastic scream.



* ObsessionSong: "[[https://youtu.be/MKk1u5RMTn4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWIIpg-5EB4WcitMMqnXhFP Carnival of Rust]]" has its LoveHungry singer advertising his deeply dysfunctional, passive-agressive fixation on his listener via an opening verse that takes the form of a TrialBalloonQuestion ''lathered'' in WishfulProjection.

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* NotHyperbole: The EvilGloating in "[[https://youtu.be/BAh6ay9QDtE?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUEienDV52g85W6J7chzLXV The Happy Song]]," makes a point of {{Impl|ied}}ying that the listener ought to have taken the singer's admissions about his mental state more seriously.
-->You knew I'm a psycho\\
Yeah, [[IWarnedYou I told you]] I'm a psycho\\
Why, why, why, why?!\\
Cause really, I'm a psycho\\
I told you I'm a psycho, psycho PSYCHO!
* ObsessionSong: "[[https://youtu.be/MKk1u5RMTn4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWIIpg-5EB4WcitMMqnXhFP Carnival of Rust]]" has its LoveHungry singer advertising his deeply dysfunctional, passive-agressive passive-aggressive fixation on his listener via an opening verse that takes the form of a TrialBalloonQuestion ''lathered'' in WishfulProjection.



* SlasherSmile: The [[http://www.poetsofthefall.com/discography/twilight_theater_cover/ album art]] for ''Twilight Theater'' gives us [[TragicMistake Hamartia]], the MonsterClown jester who finds perverse humour and joy in others' disasterous errors. No wonder he's smiling.

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* SlasherSmile: The [[http://www.poetsofthefall.com/discography/twilight_theater_cover/ album art]] for ''Twilight Theater'' gives us [[TragicMistake Hamartia]], the MonsterClown jester who finds perverse humour and joy in others' disasterous disastrous errors. No wonder he's smiling.


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* SpokenWordInMusic: After a spate of static at the end of "[[https://youtu.be/wwkWWwns_E8?list=PLjACqN5i5sDVe5s5ehe-4hWUb_lHbQ2Nd Hounds to Hamartia]]" a tinny, muted lo-fi commentary can be heard as Marko Saaresto explains that "Hounds" is a polished rehash of the first version of their earliest song, "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzsiE44Lz_w&list=PLjACqN5i5sDXHRWcD9Xpy-xI8eB_PWfJu Late Goodbye]]."


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* ThemeTune:
** "[[https://youtu.be/AzsiE44Lz_w?list=PLjACqN5i5sDVBPJGHevomO4YZd9wwVLkS Late Goodbye]]," the country-flavored, melancholic DrivingSong that serves as RecurringRiff and SolemnEndingTheme of [[FilmNoir Noir]] ThirdPersonShooter ''VideoGame/MaxPayne2TheFallOfMaxPayne,''
** "[[https://youtu.be/Ocqtd4SYo7M?list=PLIXpL9mz02mJS0ox-8Ll9lxlOzM8D6I7- Grinder's Blues]]," the {{Rockabilly}} ExpositoryThemeTune of SciFi {{Platform|Game}}er ''VideoGame/{{Rochard}}.'' where the AsteroidMiner protagonist complains that he and his crew are at the ends of their economic ropes.
** "[[https://youtu.be/BAh6ay9QDtE?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUEienDV52g85W6J7chzLXV The Happy Song]]," the BraggingThemeTune[=/=]VillainSong for Mr. Scratch, AxCrazy HumanoidAbomination antagonist of ''VideoGame/AlanWakesAmericanNightmare''. The singer screams and rants with considerable relish about his own madness so repetitively it borders on [[MadnessMantra Mantra]].
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness:
** In the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompevuR1644&list=PLjACqN5i5sDWjx8wkdUyCl4MjctV4SE6o Lift]]." its a given that MadDreamer Mark is actively having {{Hallucinations}} of flying [[MacabreMothMotif moths]], but a final reveal that an InkblotTest which he also saw as a moth shape is actually totally dissimilar throws even the less fantastic imagery he was shown at his psych hearing into doubt.
** ZigZagged in "[[https://youtu.be/f0w_WYXPIMc?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWU8BGL5afu1ynDxAMPX2rH Psychosis]]," the chorus makes a point of confessing the singer's psychosis, even as other verses that initially sound like WordSaladPhilosophy resolve into relatively coherent expressions of rage and frustration at the superficial nature of fame, before the singer eventually decides to exploit it and start a CultOfPersonality.
--->Revelation leading to my psychosis and inspiration\\
Digest another hallucination, psychosis by recreation\\
Happy till the next deterioration, psychosis
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* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: The opening verse of ObsessionSong "[[https://youtu.be/MKk1u5RMTn4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWIIpg-5EB4WcitMMqnXhFP Carnival of Rust]]," implies that the speaker has been unhealthily fixating on the object of their affection for so long they've been losing sleep, while the lyrics pivot from a passive, WishfulProjection-fueled TrialBalloonQuestion to a line that {{Deconstruct|ed}}s the declaration itself as predatory in nature.
-->Of implication, insinuation and ill will, till' you cannot lie still\\
In all this turmoil, before red cape and foil come closing in for a kill?



* AudienceParticipationSong: In concert, "[[https://youtu.be/CiOZe5wQcC0?list=PLjACqN5i5sDV-vl7PcNKmeMiivkLiHE2x The Happy Song]]," with its minimal, repetitive lyrics, may be reworked into a closing number that serves as an opportunity for the audience to sing along, with the addition of genially menacing new MadnessMantra lyrics to thank them for coming.
-->'''Singer''': 'Cause really, we love you!
-->'''Audience''': 'Cause really, we love you!
-->'''Singer''': LOVEYOULOVEYOULOVEYOU!
-->'''Audience''': LOVEYOULOVEYOULOVEYOU!



* BreakUpBonfire: {{Exaggerated}} in the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di7NMssrqsE Daze]]," where [[TragicMistake Hamartia]] the MonsterClown reacts to a female attendee leaving his MasqueradeBall like a villain scorned, setting fire to her car, with her in it ''and'' the ball as a whole.



* DrivingSong:
** "[[https://youtu.be/AzsiE44Lz_w?list=PLjACqN5i5sDVBPJGHevomO4YZd9wwVLkS Late Goodbye]]," the ThemeSong of ''VideoGame/MaxPayne2TheFallOfMaxPayne,'' is a melancholy country tune implying a never-ending SternChase
--->Lonely street signs, power lines, they keep on flashing, flashing by\\
And we keep driving into the night
** WanderlustSong "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di7NMssrqsE Daze]]" is as much about the highs and lows of touring as it is driving itself, but the video makes a point of emphasizing the latter, as an absconder from a MasqueradeBall glories in driving her car.
--->Rolling down the freeway, master to the speed of light\\
Screaming up in the air, bursting through the night



-->D'you breath the name of your saviour in your hour of need\\

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-->D'you breath breathe the name of your saviour in your hour of need\\



* PerformanceVideo: Several.
** The video for "[[https://youtu.be/IHTKxRjAjqI Fire]]" filmed live at Finland's Ankkarock festival.
** The video for BreakupSong "[[https://youtu.be/y3rYhyIk8jM?list=PLjACqN5i5sDV1jkUkrNCzytFOlYdQN8rM The Ultimate Fling]]" shot by fans with cellphone cams.
** The video for their CoverVersion of "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcjZZIRRBNA You Know My Name]]," for The Voice's ''Livenä Vieraissa'' compilation album, performed live in studio, in Bond {{Tuxedo|AndMartini}}s.
** Their second video for "[[https://youtu.be/7lg6ro_CEnw Dreaming Wide Awake]]," filmed live at Finland's Provinssirock Festival.
** The video for the UnpluggedVersion of "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfVGvY7p1sU Temple of Thought]]," filmed live in studio.
** The video for "[[https://youtu.be/wlVIp6rKYAQ Running Out of Time]]" filmed live in concert in Moscow.



* {{Rockabilly}}: "[[https://youtu.be/Ocqtd4SYo7M?list=PLIXpL9mz02mJS0ox-8Ll9lxlOzM8D6I7- Grinder's Blues]]," the ThemeSong of SciFi {{Platform|Game}}er ''VideoGame/{{Rochard}}.''



* SadClown: The video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 Carnival of Rust]]" {{Deconstruct|ed}}s this with singer Zoltar, a ragged fortunetelling automaton with peeling paint and a [[CommediaDellArte Pierrot's]] black and white makeup. He's become so warped by playing his role at the [[CircusOfFear frightening Carnival]] where he works that all that's left of his clownishness is his decaying facade. In desperation, he sings an ObsessionSong pleading with his latest customer to love him so he can be free, but its sentiment is so LoveHungry that it frightens her off, and he weeps a SingleTear as she leaves.
* ScareChord: An electric guitar variation precedes the chorus in "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 Carnival of Rust]]." In its video, it accompanies Zoltar the fortuneteller pulling "The Nine of Swords" (anguish, entrapment) after declaring his customer a "savior," and she staggers backward in startlement as he begins his LoveHungry demand that she love him to set him free from the [[CircusOfFear Carnival]].

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* SadClown: The video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 "[[https://youtu.be/MKk1u5RMTn4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWIIpg-5EB4WcitMMqnXhFP Carnival of Rust]]" {{Deconstruct|ed}}s this with singer Zoltar, a ragged fortunetelling automaton with peeling paint and a [[CommediaDellArte Pierrot's]] black and white makeup. He's become so warped by playing his role at the [[CircusOfFear frightening Carnival]] where he works that all that's left of his clownishness is his decaying facade. In desperation, he sings an ObsessionSong pleading with his latest customer to love him so he can be free, but its sentiment is so LoveHungry that it frightens her off, and he weeps a SingleTear as she leaves.
* ScareChord: An electric guitar variation precedes the chorus in "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 "[[https://youtu.be/MKk1u5RMTn4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWIIpg-5EB4WcitMMqnXhFP Carnival of Rust]]." In its video, it accompanies Zoltar the fortuneteller pulling "The Nine of Swords" (anguish, entrapment) after declaring his customer a "savior," and she staggers backward in startlement as he begins his LoveHungry demand that she love him to set him free from the [[CircusOfFear Carnival]].
* SecondLawMyAss: {{Downplayed}} in the video for ObsessionSong "[[https://youtu.be/MKk1u5RMTn4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWIIpg-5EB4WcitMMqnXhFP Carnival of Rust]]," where the [[CircusOfFear Carnival]]'s LoveHungry automaton Zoltar the Fortuneteller has no problem turning a customer's {{Tarot|Troubles}} reading into a jarringly abrupt AnguishedDeclarationOfLove, with the implication that he's stacked the deck to make his pitch.
* SerenadeYourLover: {{Deconstructed}} in the video for "[[https://youtu.be/MKk1u5RMTn4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWIIpg-5EB4WcitMMqnXhFP Carnival of Rust]]," where the [[CircusOfFear Carnival]]'s automaton Zoltar the Fortuneteller, when activated, treats his customer to a sudden ObsessionSong with such indiscriminately LoveHungry overtones that it frightens her off, and makes it painfully clear he's LovingAShadow instead of a person.



** Zoltar the Fortuneteller, the SadClown automaton singer from the video for "[[https://youtu.be/MKk1u5RMTn4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWIIpg-5EB4WcitMMqnXhFP Carnival of Rust]]," is named for the Zoltar Speaks machine in ''Film/{{Big}}.''



* SingleTear: In the video for ObsessionSong "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 Carnival of Rust]]," fortunetelling automaton and SadClown Zoltar cries a black, make-up stained tear when he realizes his customer is leaving the [[CircusOfFear Carnival]] and will never return his affections.

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* SingleTear: In the video for ObsessionSong "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 "[[https://youtu.be/MKk1u5RMTn4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWIIpg-5EB4WcitMMqnXhFP Carnival of Rust]]," fortunetelling automaton and SadClown Zoltar cries a black, make-up stained tear when he realizes his customer is leaving the [[CircusOfFear Carnival]] and will never return his affections.



* SolemnEndingTheme: '"[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzsiE44Lz_w Late Goodbye]]," a melancholic, country-inspired tune implying a never-ending SternChase, is the end credits music and RecurringRiff of ''VideoGame/MaxPayne2TheFallOfMaxPayne.''

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* SnakesAreSinister: [[TragicMistake Hamartia]], the MonsterClown SlasherSmile wearing jester mascot of ''Twilight Theater's'' [[http://www.poetsofthefall.com/discography/twilight_theater_cover/ album art]], sports a HappyHarlequinHat with a flap that turns into silhouetted, coiling head of a serpent.
* SolemnEndingTheme: '"[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzsiE44Lz_w "[[https://youtu.be/AzsiE44Lz_w?list=PLjACqN5i5sDVBPJGHevomO4YZd9wwVLkS Late Goodbye]]," a melancholic, country-inspired tune implying a never-ending SternChase, is the end credits music and RecurringRiff of ''VideoGame/MaxPayne2TheFallOfMaxPayne.'' ''
* SomethingBlues: "[[https://youtu.be/Ocqtd4SYo7M?list=PLIXpL9mz02mJS0ox-8Ll9lxlOzM8D6I7- Grinder's Blues]]," the {{Rockabilly}} ThemeSong to ''VideoGame/{{Rochard}},'' where the AsteroidMiner protagonist laments that he and his crew are barely skating by.
* TheSomethingSong: "[[https://youtu.be/BAh6ay9QDtE?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUEienDV52g85W6J7chzLXV The Happy Song]]" an ode to psychopathy, and VillainSong of Mr. Scratch, HumanoidAbomination antagonist of ''Videogame/AlanWakesAmericanNightmare.''



* SternChase:
** DrivingSong "[[https://youtu.be/AzsiE44Lz_w?list=PLjACqN5i5sDVBPJGHevomO4YZd9wwVLkS Late Goodbye]]" has a couple chased endlessly by "the Devil" though its unclear whether its literal or metaphorical.
--->The devil grins from ear to ear when he sees the hand he's dealt us\\
Points at your flamin' hair, and then we're playin' hide and seek\\
I can't breathe easy here, 'less our trail's gone cold behind us\\
'Til in the john mirror you stare at yourself grown old and weak
** {{Driving|Song}}[=/=]WanderlustSong "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di7NMssrqsE Daze]]" has the singer complaining "IJustWantToHaveFriends" but being compelled to drift from place to place by a pursuer
--->With constant companions, would that I could\\
Further afield my nemesis on stilts is gaining on me



* TarotTroubles: The video for "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 Carnival of Rust]]" has Zoltar the fortune-telling automaton give his [[PostApocalypticGasMask gas-masked]] customer a tarot reading via a pair of trivision-style prismatic signs flanking his case. He considers her "The Star," a good-hearted MessiahFigure, but the second card he pulls (complete with electric guitar ScareChord) is one of its opposites, "The Nine of Swords", symbolizing anguish, despair and being trapped. On doing this, he begins the song's chorus, a blatant demand that she love him or he'll be stuck there, all but confirming he's tainting the reading with his desperate WishfulProjection.
* UnpluggedVersion:

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* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: One of their draws. Vocalist Marko Saaresto learned English from a young age, and affects an American delivery at will, with remarkably few tells.
* TarotTroubles: The video for "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 "[[https://youtu.be/MKk1u5RMTn4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWIIpg-5EB4WcitMMqnXhFP Carnival of Rust]]" has Zoltar the fortune-telling automaton give his [[PostApocalypticGasMask gas-masked]] customer a tarot reading via a pair of trivision-style prismatic signs flanking his case. He considers her "The Star," a good-hearted MessiahFigure, but the second card he pulls (complete with electric guitar ScareChord) is one of its opposites, "The Nine of Swords", symbolizing anguish, despair and being trapped. On doing this, he begins the song's chorus, a blatant demand that she love him or he'll be stuck there, all but confirming he's tainting the reading with his desperate WishfulProjection.
* UnpluggedVersion: Frequently in concert.



** ''Temple of Thought Bonus Edition'' has unplugged live studio versions of love song "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfVGvY7p1sU Temple of Thought]]" and LoveNostalgiaSong "[[https://youtu.be/YEa8dgcQAc8 Skin]]."

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** ''Temple of Thought Bonus Edition'' has unplugged live studio versions of love song "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfVGvY7p1sU Temple of Thought]]" and LoveNostalgiaSong "[[https://youtu.be/YEa8dgcQAc8 be/YEa8dgcQAc8?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUEienDV52g85W6J7chzLXV Skin]]."
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* BalladOfX: "[[https://youtu.be/il3c14eR9C8?list=PLjACqN5i5sDXIEWRmx4uLQDw-yU66E-dh The Ballad of Jeremiah Peacekeeper]]" a {{Western}} inspired EnnioMorriconePastiche about an implicitly {{Messianic|Archetype}}, ReluctantWarrior lawman.
* BodyToJewel: Referenced in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9Rl8WMqejc Diamonds For Tears]]," where the singer observes his lover's TenderTears and TearsOfJoy and interprets them this way while he wrestles with CommitmentIssues.
* BoltOfDivineRetribution: The cover of the album "[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/af/Jealous_Gods_cover.jpg Jealous Gods]]" alludes to vengeful dieties when paired with the title, showing a [[RulesOfTheRoad road sign]] with a lightning bolt.

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* BalladOfX: "[[https://youtu.be/il3c14eR9C8?list=PLjACqN5i5sDXIEWRmx4uLQDw-yU66E-dh be/il3c14eR9C8?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUEienDV52g85W6J7chzLXV The Ballad of Jeremiah Peacekeeper]]" a {{Western}} inspired EnnioMorriconePastiche about an implicitly {{Messianic|Archetype}}, ReluctantWarrior lawman.
* BodyToJewel: Referenced in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9Rl8WMqejc "[[https://youtu.be/t9Rl8WMqejc?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWU8BGL5afu1ynDxAMPX2rH Diamonds For Tears]]," where the singer observes his lover's TenderTears and TearsOfJoy and interprets them this way while he wrestles with CommitmentIssues.
* BoltOfDivineRetribution: The cover of the album "[[http://upload.''[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/af/Jealous_Gods_cover.jpg Jealous Gods]]" Gods]]'' alludes to vengeful dieties when paired with the title, showing a [[RulesOfTheRoad road sign]] with a lightning bolt.



** ''Temple of Thought Bonus Edition'''s [[BonusMaterial Bonus Track]] and FollowYourHeart anthem "[[https://youtu.be/IhVAjhDgrvk Signs of Life]]" shares a title with their first full album, a title frequently [[TitleDrop dropped]] in the song's chorus.

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** ''Temple of Thought Bonus Edition'''s [[BonusMaterial Bonus Track]] and FollowYourHeart anthem "[[https://youtu.be/IhVAjhDgrvk be/IhVAjhDgrvk?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUEienDV52g85W6J7chzLXV Signs of Life]]" shares a title with their first full album, a title frequently [[TitleDrop dropped]] in the song's chorus.



* CircusOfFear: The "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 Carnival of Rust]]." The Carnival is run down and creepy, and the staff is menacing and vaguely predatory. The video's plot revolves around Zoltar, a [[SadClown depressive]], decaying Carnival automaton with flaking paint, and the experiences of the [[PostApocalypticGasmask gas-masked]] female customer who he tries to persuade to stay with foreboding, increasingly desperate pleas and demands for a relationship while [[HostileAnimatronics banging on the walls]] of his case.

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* CircusOfFear: The "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 "[[https://youtu.be/MKk1u5RMTn4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWIIpg-5EB4WcitMMqnXhFP Carnival of Rust]]." The Carnival is run down and creepy, and the staff is menacing and vaguely predatory. The video's plot revolves around Zoltar, a [[SadClown depressive]], decaying Carnival automaton with flaking paint, and the experiences of the [[PostApocalypticGasmask gas-masked]] female customer who he tries to persuade to stay with foreboding, increasingly desperate pleas and demands for a relationship while [[HostileAnimatronics banging on the walls]] of his case.



** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 Carnival of Rust]]'s" singer Zoltar, a fortunetelling automaton with tatty clothes, peeling paint and tell-tale black-accented white makeup, is a {{Deconstructed|CharacterArchetype}} Pierrot. While genuinely [[SadClown tragic]], pining after the woman in the gas mask who visits the Carnival, he's rendered [[MonsterClown sinister]] because his idea of love is deeply dysfunctional and self-interested, since he thinks it will fix his life[=/=]free him from the Carnival. Though his desperation is sincere, there's a reason his demanding chorus is signalled by a ScareChord.

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** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 "[[https://youtu.be/MKk1u5RMTn4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWIIpg-5EB4WcitMMqnXhFP Carnival of Rust]]'s" singer Zoltar, a fortunetelling automaton with tatty clothes, peeling paint and tell-tale black-accented white makeup, is a {{Deconstructed|CharacterArchetype}} Pierrot. While genuinely [[SadClown tragic]], pining after the woman in the gas mask who visits the Carnival, he's rendered [[MonsterClown sinister]] because his idea of love is deeply dysfunctional and self-interested, since he thinks it will fix his life[=/=]free him from the Carnival. Though his desperation is sincere, there's a reason his demanding chorus is signalled by a ScareChord.



* CommitmentIssues: The subject of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9Rl8WMqejc Diamonds For Tears]]," as the singer searches for reasons to bolt, precisely because he suspects his lover is worth keeping.

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* CommitmentIssues: The subject of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9Rl8WMqejc "[[https://youtu.be/t9Rl8WMqejc?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWU8BGL5afu1ynDxAMPX2rH Diamonds For Tears]]," as the singer searches for reasons to bolt, precisely because he suspects his lover is worth keeping.



** The video for ''Signs of Life'' track "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompevuR1644 Lift]]," sees a prisoner declared "Illusionist," and "Dreamer," a reference to "[[https://youtu.be/FqJqdp2xdk8?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWjx8wkdUyCl4MjctV4SE6o Illusion & Dream]]," another track on the album.
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 music video]] for TitleTrack "Carnival of Rust" contains references to other songs on the album. Among them:

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** The video for ''Signs of Life'' track "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompevuR1644 com/watch?v=ompevuR1644&list=PLjACqN5i5sDWjx8wkdUyCl4MjctV4SE6o Lift]]," sees a prisoner declared "Illusionist," and "Dreamer," a reference to "[[https://youtu.be/FqJqdp2xdk8?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWjx8wkdUyCl4MjctV4SE6o Illusion & Dream]]," another track on the album.
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 music video]] video for TitleTrack "Carnival "[[https://youtu.be/MKk1u5RMTn4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWIIpg-5EB4WcitMMqnXhFP Carnival of Rust" Rust]]" contains references to other songs on the album. Among them:



** In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 Carnival of Rust]]," the Carnival customer conceals her face behind an impressive gas-mask, while its workers are all bare-faced, implying that the environment is toxic.

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** In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 "[[https://youtu.be/MKk1u5RMTn4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWIIpg-5EB4WcitMMqnXhFP Carnival of Rust]]," the Carnival customer conceals her face behind an impressive gas-mask, while its workers are all bare-faced, implying that the environment is toxic.



* CulturePolice: In the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompevuR1644 Lift]]," an {{Ambiguous|Situation}} interpretation of the Poet County Jail officials conducting MadDreamer "Mark"'s psychiatric evaluation (with which he would agree) is that they find his brand of creativity threatening. The lone female psychologist finishes the evaluation form by checking boxes marked "Illusionist," "Dreamer" and "Menace to society."
* DastardlyDapperDerby: {{Downplayed}} in the video for ObsessionSong "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 Carnival of Rust]]," where several of the vaguely menacing male [[CircusOfFear Carnival]] staff wear them, including SadClown Zoltar the fortuneteller, who manages to put off a customer by being so LoveHungry he becomes intimidating as a result.
* DestructiveRomance: "[[https://youtu.be/DwmNefMrVB0?list=PLjACqN5i5sDXDvaCSm4yTRQBZpdod7HHD Kamikaze Love]]" has a pair reveling in their illicit, volatile and presumably doomed romance.

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* CoverVersion:
** In their earliest shows, they would pad out their set by covering Music/SimonAndGarfunkel's "Hazy Shade of Winter."
** They performed a live studio version of "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcjZZIRRBNA You Know My Name]]," Music/ChrisCornell and Music/DavidArnold's Film/JamesBond theme from ''{{Film/Casino Royale|2006}},'' for The Voice's ''Livenä Vieraissa'' compilation album, while fully decked out in Bond {{Tuxe|doAndMartini}}s.
** They covered Finnish rock band Music/{{Dingo}}'s "Tobacco Road" for the tribute album ''Melkein Vieraissa - Nimemme On Dingo''
** They sometimes cover "Salaisuuksia" (Secrets), a song they originally composed for Music/JohannaKurkela. To date, its the only song they've performed in Finnish.
** During a set, vocalist Marko Saaresto may perform an ''a capella'' version of Irish folk ballad "The Wind that Shakes the Barley."
** They've performed a live [[UnpluggedVersion acoustic]] cover of Music/{{Adele}}'s BreakupSong "[[https://youtu.be/GBrzryFr-G8 Rolling in the Deep]]" at Radio Nova's Nova Stage.
* CulturePolice: In the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompevuR1644 com/watch?v=ompevuR1644&list=PLjACqN5i5sDWjx8wkdUyCl4MjctV4SE6o Lift]]," an {{Ambiguous|Situation}} interpretation of the Poet County Jail officials conducting MadDreamer "Mark"'s Mark's psychiatric evaluation (with which he would agree) is that they find his brand of creativity threatening. The lone female psychologist finishes the evaluation form by checking boxes marked "Illusionist," "Dreamer" and "Menace to society."
* DastardlyDapperDerby: {{Downplayed}} in the video for ObsessionSong "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 "[[https://youtu.be/MKk1u5RMTn4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWIIpg-5EB4WcitMMqnXhFP Carnival of Rust]]," where several of the vaguely menacing male [[CircusOfFear Carnival]] staff wear them, including SadClown Zoltar the fortuneteller, who manages to put off a customer by being so LoveHungry he becomes intimidating as a result.
* DestructiveRomance: "[[https://youtu.be/DwmNefMrVB0?list=PLjACqN5i5sDXDvaCSm4yTRQBZpdod7HHD be/DwmNefMrVB0?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUEienDV52g85W6J7chzLXV Kamikaze Love]]" has a pair reveling in their illicit, volatile and presumably doomed romance.



* EnnioMorriconePastiche: PlayedForDrama in "[[https://youtu.be/il3c14eR9C8?list=PLjACqN5i5sDXIEWRmx4uLQDw-yU66E-dh The Ballad of Jeremiah Peacekeeper]]" a {{Western}} inspired tale about an implicitly {{Messianic|Archetype}}, ReluctantWarrior lawman that borrows Morricone's tone.
* FakeBand: As HeavyMithril band "Old Gods of Asgard" in the ''VideoGame/AlanWake'' series. Just to muddy the issue, they appear as themselves in a cameo; and before playing the Poets' song "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0f_hewSrAH4 War]]", a radio host [[LampshadeHanging compares]] the two bands, saying the Poets remind him of the Old Gods for some reason he canít quite place.

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* EnnioMorriconePastiche: PlayedForDrama in "[[https://youtu.be/il3c14eR9C8?list=PLjACqN5i5sDXIEWRmx4uLQDw-yU66E-dh be/il3c14eR9C8?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUEienDV52g85W6J7chzLXV The Ballad of Jeremiah Peacekeeper]]" a {{Western}} inspired tale about an implicitly {{Messianic|Archetype}}, ReluctantWarrior lawman that borrows Morricone's tone.
* EvilTwin: {{Discussed}} in "[[https://youtu.be/b6RKKCQt82Y?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUo3MfGtqogz7P3u5JUm3c- Balance Slays the Demon]]," as ''VideoGame/AlanWake's'' Old Gods of Asgard warn the game's protagonist of the nature of the villain, a HumanoidAbomination "Demon," that wears Wake's shape to manipulate events in his favor.
-->Like an evil twin, feel it scratchin' within\\
Like an insane sovereign ragin'\\
And his beautiful face in his leather 'n' lace\\
So canít you see the play you're stagin'?
* FakeBand: As HeavyMithril band "Old Gods of Asgard" in the ''VideoGame/AlanWake'' series. Just to muddy the issue, they appear as themselves in a cameo; and before playing the Poets' song "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0f_hewSrAH4 "[[https://youtu.be/0f_hewSrAH4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWHzZPRsc95iVv4mAEagYJh War]]", a radio host [[LampshadeHanging compares]] the two bands, saying the Poets remind him of the Old Gods for some reason he canít quite place.



* {{Hallucinations}}: In the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompevuR1644 Lift]]," Poet County Jail inmate and MadDreamer Mark suffers from persistent visions of [[MacabreMothMotif moths]] during his psych screening, even in an InkblotTest that's later revealed to have a very dissimilar shape. He pleads with them to make him fly, and they similarly feature heavily in his HappyPlace, from which they bleed into reality.

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* {{Hallucinations}}: In the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompevuR1644 com/watch?v=ompevuR1644&list=PLjACqN5i5sDWjx8wkdUyCl4MjctV4SE6o Lift]]," Poet County Jail inmate and MadDreamer Mark suffers from persistent visions of [[MacabreMothMotif moths]] during his psych screening, even in an InkblotTest that's later revealed to have a very dissimilar shape. He pleads with them to make him fly, and they similarly feature heavily in his HappyPlace, from which they bleed into reality.



* HappyPlace: In the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompevuR1644 Lift]]," Poet County Jail inmate and MadDreamer Mark sometimes retreats to a mental house stuffed with framed and flapping [[MacabreMothMotif moths]], children's toys, and illusory band mates during his psych screening.

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* HappyPlace: In the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompevuR1644 com/watch?v=ompevuR1644&list=PLjACqN5i5sDWjx8wkdUyCl4MjctV4SE6o Lift]]," Poet County Jail inmate and MadDreamer Mark sometimes retreats to a mental house stuffed with framed and flapping [[MacabreMothMotif moths]], children's toys, and illusory band mates during his psych screening.



* HostileAnimatronics: {{Downplayed}} in the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 Carnival of Rust]]," as Zoltar the [[SadClown depressive]] fortunetelling automaton begins to beat on the walls of his case when he realizes the customer he's been pleading to love him in a bid for freedom is leaving the [[CircusOfFear Carnival]].

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* HostileAnimatronics: {{Downplayed}} in the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 "[[https://youtu.be/MKk1u5RMTn4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWIIpg-5EB4WcitMMqnXhFP Carnival of Rust]]," as Zoltar the [[SadClown depressive]] fortunetelling automaton begins to beat on the walls of his case when he realizes the customer he's been pleading to love him in a bid for freedom is leaving the [[CircusOfFear Carnival]].



* InkblotTest: In the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompevuR1644 Lift]]," Poet County Jail inmate and MadDreamer Mark thinks he sees a highly defined image of a pinned [[MacabreMothMotif moth]] in an inkblot during his psych screening. The video's final seconds confirm we've been looking ThroughTheEyesOfMadness, as the image resolves into an ordinary inkblot with a very dissimilar shape.

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* InkblotTest: In the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompevuR1644 com/watch?v=ompevuR1644&list=PLjACqN5i5sDWjx8wkdUyCl4MjctV4SE6o Lift]]," Poet County Jail inmate and MadDreamer Mark thinks he sees a highly defined image of a pinned [[MacabreMothMotif moth]] in an inkblot during his psych screening. The video's final seconds confirm we've been looking ThroughTheEyesOfMadness, as the image resolves into an ordinary inkblot with a very dissimilar shape.



* LecherousLicking: {{Inverted}} in the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompevuR1644 Lift]]," when Poet County Jail inmate and MadDreamer Mark lifts his cuffed hands and licks his fingers suggestively to blatantly {{Troll}} the token female psychologist evaluating him. It works, as she stands up in a rage, throwing papers into disarray, and a guard has to be restrained from hitting him by his peer.
* LiveActionAdaptation: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIG1xnYdlFo music video]] for "War" adapts a few scenes from ''Videogame/AlanWake,'' featuring Ilkka Villi, Alan's model and live-action performer, fighting [[TheHeartless Taken]] played by the band members, while the vocalist also plays a solitary camper singing the lyrics.
* LyricsVideoMismatch: In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompevuR1644 Lift]]," the lyrics depict someone struggling to articulate both enthusiasm for and anxieties about their romantic relationship. The video follows a MadDreamer prisoner undergoing psychiatric evaluation. In a bit of LampshadeHanging, the psychologists transcribe the lyrics as his speech, and treat it in-Universe as the rantings of a TalkativeLoon.
* LoveHungry: ObsessionSong "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 Carnival of Rust]]" is all about this dysfunctional approach to love. The video has its singer Zoltar, the [[SadClown depressive]], decaying fortune-telling automaton, so desperate for escape from the [[CircusOfFear Carnival]] that he causes the object of his fixation TarotTroubles in an attempt to compel her affection, and utters these lines preceded by a ScareChord:

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* LecherousLicking: {{Inverted}} in the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompevuR1644 com/watch?v=ompevuR1644&list=PLjACqN5i5sDWjx8wkdUyCl4MjctV4SE6o Lift]]," when Poet County Jail inmate and MadDreamer Mark lifts his cuffed hands and licks his fingers suggestively to blatantly {{Troll}} the token female psychologist evaluating him. It works, as she stands up in a rage, throwing papers into disarray, and a guard has to be restrained from hitting him by his peer.
* LiveActionAdaptation: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIG1xnYdlFo music video]] video for "War" "[[https://youtu.be/0f_hewSrAH4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWHzZPRsc95iVv4mAEagYJh War]]" adapts a few scenes from ''Videogame/AlanWake,'' featuring Ilkka Villi, Alan's model and live-action performer, fighting [[TheHeartless Taken]] played by the band members, while the vocalist also plays a solitary camper singing the lyrics.
* LyricsVideoMismatch: In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompevuR1644 Lift]]," the lyrics depict someone struggling to articulate both enthusiasm for and anxieties about their romantic relationship. The video follows a MadDreamer prisoner undergoing psychiatric evaluation. In a bit of LampshadeHanging, the psychologists transcribe the lyrics as his speech, and treat it in-Universe as the rantings of a TalkativeLoon.
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LoveHungry: ObsessionSong "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 "[[https://youtu.be/MKk1u5RMTn4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWIIpg-5EB4WcitMMqnXhFP Carnival of Rust]]" is all about this dysfunctional approach to love. The video has its singer Zoltar, the [[SadClown depressive]], decaying fortune-telling automaton, so desperate for escape from the [[CircusOfFear Carnival]] that he causes the object of his fixation TarotTroubles in an attempt to compel her affection, and utters these lines preceded by a ScareChord:



* LoveNostalgiaSong: "[[https://youtu.be/SSEIuy7J1t4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDXDvaCSm4yTRQBZpdod7HHD Skin]]," deals with a speaker meditating on his grief at a failed relationship he can't get over, in the house he and his beloved once shared.

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* LoveNostalgiaSong: "[[https://youtu.be/SSEIuy7J1t4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDXDvaCSm4yTRQBZpdod7HHD be/SSEIuy7J1t4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUEienDV52g85W6J7chzLXV Skin]]," deals with a speaker meditating on his grief at a failed relationship he can't get over, in the house he and his beloved once shared.



* LovingAShadow: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 Carnival of Rust]]"'s singer Zoltar is a decaying automaton stuck in his fortuneteller's booth, desperate to leave the [[CircusOfFear Carnival]], and its clear that his pleas and demands for love from his customer stem from WishfulProjection. He taints her {{Tarot|Troubles}} reading by declaring her "The Star," his MessiahFigure, instead of recognizing her as a person in her own right, and as a result, his affections go unreciprocated.

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* LovingAShadow: "[[https://youtu.be/MKk1u5RMTn4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWIIpg-5EB4WcitMMqnXhFP Carnival of Rust]]"'s singer Zoltar is a decaying automaton stuck in his fortuneteller's booth, desperate to leave the [[CircusOfFear Carnival]], and its clear that his pleas and demands for love from his customer stem from WishfulProjection. He taints her {{Tarot|Troubles}} reading by declaring her "The Star," his MessiahFigure, instead of recognizing her as a person in her own right, and as a result, his affections go unreciprocated.
* LyricsVideoMismatch: In
"[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 Carnival com/watch?v=ompevuR1644&list=PLjACqN5i5sDWjx8wkdUyCl4MjctV4SE6o Lift]]," the lyrics depict someone struggling to articulate both enthusiasm for and anxieties about their romantic relationship. The video follows a MadDreamer prisoner undergoing psychiatric evaluation. In a bit of Rust]]"'s singer Zoltar is a decaying automaton stuck in LampshadeHanging, the psychologists transcribe the lyrics as his fortuneteller's booth, desperate to leave speech, and treat it in-universe as the [[CircusOfFear Carnival]], and its clear that his pleas and demands for love from his customer stem from WishfulProjection. He taints her {{Tarot|Troubles}} reading by declaring her "The Star," his MessiahFigure, instead rantings of recognizing her as a person in her own right, and as a result, his affections go unreciprocated.TalkativeLoon.



** In the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompevuR1644 Lift]]," Poet County Jail inmate and MadDreamer Mark is very attached to his {{Hallucinations}} of moths, pleading with them to make him fly, and consistently makes the shape with his cuffed hands when undergoing psych screening. He's diagnosed with delusional parasitosis and finally deemed a "Menace to Society" as a result.
* MadDreamer: In the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompevuR1644 Lift]]," "Mark" is a mentally ill prisoner of Poet County Jail who has {{Hallucinations}} of [[MacabreMothMotif moths]] and a HappyPlace filled with illusory bandmates. The psychologists examining him make an effort to transcribe his in-universe WordSalad, which looks suspiciously like song lyrics.

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** In the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompevuR1644 com/watch?v=ompevuR1644&list=PLjACqN5i5sDWjx8wkdUyCl4MjctV4SE6o Lift]]," Poet County Jail inmate and MadDreamer Mark is very attached to his {{Hallucinations}} of moths, pleading with them to make him fly, and consistently makes the a flapping moth shape with his cuffed hands when undergoing psych screening. He's diagnosed with delusional parasitosis and finally deemed a "Menace to Society" as a result.
* MadDreamer: In the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompevuR1644 com/watch?v=ompevuR1644&list=PLjACqN5i5sDWjx8wkdUyCl4MjctV4SE6o Lift]]," "Mark" Mark is a mentally ill prisoner of Poet County Jail who has {{Hallucinations}} of [[MacabreMothMotif moths]] and a HappyPlace filled with illusory bandmates. The psychologists examining him make an effort to transcribe his in-universe WordSalad, which looks suspiciously like song lyrics.



** In the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 Carnival of Rust]], this is {{Invoked}} by Zoltar, the [[CircusOfFear Carnival]]'s fortuneteller, during a {{Tarot|Troubles}} reading, as he pulls "The Star" (a hopeful savior figure) and "The Nine of Swords" (despair, entrapment) in succession, and in his chorus, demands she love him so that he might be free of the Carnival. His attempt is {{Subverted}} when she is taken aback, and ignores his advances in favor of visiting other attractions, then leaving.
** PlayedStraight in "[[https://youtu.be/il3c14eR9C8?list=PLjACqN5i5sDXIEWRmx4uLQDw-yU66E-dh The Ballad of Jeremiah Peacekeeper]]" a {{Western}} inspired EnnioMorriconePastiche about a self-sacrificing, ReluctantWarrior lawman who's mission is "to keep your peace"

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** In the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 "[[https://youtu.be/MKk1u5RMTn4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWIIpg-5EB4WcitMMqnXhFP Carnival of Rust]], this is {{Invoked}} by Zoltar, the [[CircusOfFear Carnival]]'s fortuneteller, during a {{Tarot|Troubles}} reading, as he pulls "The Star" (a hopeful savior figure) and "The Nine of Swords" (despair, entrapment) in succession, and in his chorus, demands she love him so that he might be free of the Carnival. His attempt is {{Subverted}} when she is taken aback, and ignores his advances in favor of visiting other attractions, then leaving.
** PlayedStraight in "[[https://youtu.be/il3c14eR9C8?list=PLjACqN5i5sDXIEWRmx4uLQDw-yU66E-dh be/il3c14eR9C8?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUEienDV52g85W6J7chzLXV The Ballad of Jeremiah Peacekeeper]]" a {{Western}} inspired EnnioMorriconePastiche about a self-sacrificing, ReluctantWarrior lawman who's mission is "to keep your peace"



* MindScrew: Some of the music videos are really weird, but the best example has to be "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 Carnival of Rust]]", where a woman with a [[PostApocalypticGasMask gas mask]] and a lollipop visits a dilapidated [[CircusOfFear Carnival of Fear]].

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* MindScrew: Some of the music videos are really weird, but the best example has to be "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 "[[https://youtu.be/MKk1u5RMTn4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWIIpg-5EB4WcitMMqnXhFP Carnival of Rust]]", where a woman with a [[PostApocalypticGasMask gas mask]] and a lollipop visits a dilapidated [[CircusOfFear Carnival of Fear]].



** {{Downplayed}} in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 Carnival of Rust]]," as the singer Zoltar, an automaton performer in a CircusOfFear carnival, serves as an unusually eerie and foreboding [[CommediaDellArte Pierrot-figure]]. Though a SadClown, his obvious decrepitude and increasing desperation make the air of menace that much thicker.

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** {{Downplayed}} in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 "[[https://youtu.be/MKk1u5RMTn4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWIIpg-5EB4WcitMMqnXhFP Carnival of Rust]]," as the singer Zoltar, an automaton performer in a CircusOfFear carnival, serves as an unusually eerie and foreboding [[CommediaDellArte Pierrot-figure]]. Though a SadClown, his obvious decrepitude and increasing desperation make the air of menace that much thicker.



* MonsterFromBeyondTheVeil: In "[[https://youtu.be/GLxb7m0j5Jg?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUo3MfGtqogz7P3u5JUm3c- The Poet and the Muse]]," the MurderBallad by ''VideoGame/AlanWake's'' Old Gods of Asgard, the Poet Tom unwittingly ushers a HumanoidAbomination into being when he attempts to resurrect his Muse by RewritingReality. The catch is, this ability comes from being near the "[[EldritchLocation magic lake]]" she drowned in, because it hosts a RealityWarper EldritchAbomination. As a result, she CameBackWrong.
-->In the dead of night she came to him with darkness in her eyes\\
Wearing a mourning gown, sweet words as her disguise



* ObsessionSong: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 Carnival of Rust]]" has its LoveHungry singer advertising his deeply dysfunctional, passive-agressive fixation on his listener via an opening verse that takes the form of a TrialBalloonQuestion ''lathered'' in WishfulProjection.

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* ObsessionSong: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 "[[https://youtu.be/MKk1u5RMTn4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWIIpg-5EB4WcitMMqnXhFP Carnival of Rust]]" has its LoveHungry singer advertising his deeply dysfunctional, passive-agressive fixation on his listener via an opening verse that takes the form of a TrialBalloonQuestion ''lathered'' in WishfulProjection.



** ''Videogame/MaxPayne2'''s ending theme, "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzsiE44Lz_w Late Goodbye]]" was their first release, which suddenly became the BreakawayPopHit that properly launched their careers as perennial chart-toppers.
** In the ''VideoGame/AlanWake'' games, they're the real talent behind the HeavyMithril FakeBand known as Old Gods of Asgard, and play all of the original songs that the band play in-game.

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** ''Videogame/MaxPayne2'''s ending theme, "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzsiE44Lz_w "[[https://youtu.be/AzsiE44Lz_w?list=PLjACqN5i5sDVBPJGHevomO4YZd9wwVLkS Late Goodbye]]" was their first release, which suddenly became the BreakawayPopHit that properly launched their careers as perennial chart-toppers.
** In the ''VideoGame/AlanWake'' games, they're the real talent behind the HeavyMithril FakeBand known as Old Gods of Asgard, and play all of the original songs [[https://youtu.be/8-l_kbZbXRQ?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUo3MfGtqogz7P3u5JUm3c- songs]] that the band play in-game.


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* RealityWarper: In "[[https://youtu.be/GLxb7m0j5Jg?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUo3MfGtqogz7P3u5JUm3c- The Poet and the Muse]]," the MurderBallad by ''VideoGame/AlanWake's'' Old Gods of Asgard, this is an {{Implied}} power of the EldritchAbomination living in a [[EldritchLocation magic lake]]. To further its aims, it turns creative humans like the Poet Tom into its proxies, granting them the power of RewritingReality when in proximity to its home, in order to {{Exploit|ed}} their ideas to increase its power.
* RealityWarpingIsNotAToy: In "[[https://youtu.be/GLxb7m0j5Jg?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUo3MfGtqogz7P3u5JUm3c- The Poet and the Muse]]," the Poet Tom learns that attempting to use MagicWriting to resurrect his drowned Muse is playing directly into the ambitions of an EldritchAbomination aiming to become a {{Humanoid|Abomination}} one, using his Muse's "return" as a pretext.


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* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver:
** [[TragicMistake Hamartia]], the jester mascot of ''Twilight Theater's'' [[http://www.poetsofthefall.com/discography/twilight_theater_cover/ album art]], wears a typical Harlequin red and black diamond motley, but the flap of his HappyHarlequinHat terminates in a [[SnakesAreSinister snake head]] instead of bells, and he has a nasty SlasherSmile, both of which mark him as a MonsterClown.
** {{Downplayed}} with Hamartia's reappearance as a jealous, vengeful OrcusOnHisThrone figure in the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di7NMssrqsE Daze]]," as the motley is replaced by a subtler color scheme in his royal costume, with black hair trimmed with [[FeatherMotif black feathers]], black pants, an elaborate red leather jacket, and deep maroon lipstick and facepaint, all of which fit with the decadent MasqueradeBall over which he presides.


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* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: In the video for "[[https://youtu.be/MKk1u5RMTn4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWIIpg-5EB4WcitMMqnXhFP Carnival of Rust]]," singer Zoltar, a SadClown fortunetelling automaton with peeling paint stuck in a glass case, is nonetheless very human in appearance (as played by vocalist Marko Saaresto) and psychology. He's obviously depressed and LoveHungry in the extreme, hoping to escape the [[CircusOfFear Carnival]], and his ObsessionSong is a desperate bid for the love of his customer, that he might be free. He [[HostileAnimatronics beats the walls]] of his case and sheds a SingleTear when his attempt fails.
* {{Robosexual}}: {{Invoked}} by Zoltar the Fortuneteller in the video for "[[https://youtu.be/MKk1u5RMTn4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWIIpg-5EB4WcitMMqnXhFP Carnival of Rust]]," as the LoveHungry automaton pleads with his gas-masked female customer to love him and free him from the [[CircusOfFear Carnival]] via his ObsessionSong. It [[SubvertedTrope doesn't work]].
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* DastardlyDapperDerby: {{Downplayed}} in the video for ObsessionSong "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 Carnival of Rust]]," where several of the vaguely menacing male [[CircusOfFear Carnival]] staff wear them, including SadClown Zoltar the fortuneteller, who manages to put off a customer by being so LoveHungry he becomes intimidating as a result.


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* EldritchAbomination: The villain(s) of the [[https://youtu.be/8-l_kbZbXRQ?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUo3MfGtqogz7P3u5JUm3c- songs]] performed by ''Videogame/AlanWake'''s Old Gods of Asgard are all aspects of a malign RealityWarper entity that embodies darkness, known in-universe as the Dark Presence.
* EldritchLocation: The "magic lake"[=/=]"ocean" repeatedly referred to in the [[https://youtu.be/8-l_kbZbXRQ?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUo3MfGtqogz7P3u5JUm3c- songs]] of ''Videogame/AlanWake'''s Old Gods of Asgard is the home of a RealityWarper EldritchAbomination, and proximity to it grants creative humans the power of RewritingReality, as explained in their "[[https://youtu.be/GLxb7m0j5Jg?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUo3MfGtqogz7P3u5JUm3c- The Poet and the Muse]],"


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* HumanoidAbomination: Each Old Gods of Asgard song features the ''Videogame/AlanWake'' games' EldritchAbomination antagonist willfully manifesting itself in humanoid form in an attempt to gain more power.
** In "[[https://youtu.be/8-l_kbZbXRQ?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUo3MfGtqogz7P3u5JUm3c- Children of the Elder God]]," it has an elderly female human avatar in the "Scratching Hag" and servants in her "[[TheHeartless taken slaves]]," twisted husks of humanity that serve her interests.
** In "[[https://youtu.be/GLxb7m0j5Jg?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUo3MfGtqogz7P3u5JUm3c- The Poet and the Muse]]," the Hag's origin is revealed, as she was once the Poet's Muse before she CameBackWrong after being drowned in the Abomination's lake, an opportunity it took to [[InvokedTrope transform]] itself and expand its sphere of influence.
** In "[[https://youtu.be/b6RKKCQt82Y?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUo3MfGtqogz7P3u5JUm3c- Balance Slays the Demon]]," the "Demon" is its latest attempt, an EvilTwin (and implied EnemyWithout) of the protagonist who serves as his jailer to keep him in service to the Abomination.


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* LyricsVideoMismatch: In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompevuR1644 Lift]]," the lyrics depict someone struggling to articulate both enthusiasm for and anxieties about their romantic relationship. The video follows a MadDreamer prisoner undergoing psychiatric evaluation. In a bit of LampshadeHanging, the psychologists transcribe the lyrics as his speech, and treat it in-Universe as the rantings of a TalkativeLoon.
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* AwardBaitSong: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLn4_Wz3Tc0 Late Goodbye]]," the country-inspired end-credits theme and recurring {{leitmotif}} of ''Videogame/MaxPayne2,'' which netted a 2004 Game Audio Network Guild Award.

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* AwardBaitSong: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLn4_Wz3Tc0 Late Goodbye]]," the country-inspired end-credits theme and recurring {{leitmotif}} RecurringRiff of ''Videogame/MaxPayne2,'' which netted a 2004 Game Audio Network Guild Award.



* DisproportionateRetribution: In the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di7NMssrqsE Daze]]," leaving [[TragicMistake Hamartia]] the MonsterClown's MasqueradeBall without his by-your-leave gets the object of his jealousy and everything in Hamartia's vicinity [[KillItWithFire torched]] like kindling.



* {{Phrase|SaladLyrics}}[=/=]WordSaladLyrics: With the exception of the chorus, the lyrics to "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biZpPNzt3II Choice Millionaire]]" range from nonsensical to flirting with coherence from line to line as the listener attempts to parse them.
-->Subliminal love for the ones you hate\\
LOL as I abbreviate\\
Alleviate if you can relate to the pink slip\\
Of love unzipped



* PostApocalypticGasMask: {{Inverted}} in the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biZpPNzt3II Choice Millionaire]]," which does take place in a post-apocalyptic 2045 where labourers are enslaved to a Machine, but the gas masks are a method of sedating the labourers, feeding them vapors that keep them asleep and imprisoned.



* ThePowerOfRock: The entire [[https://youtu.be/8-l_kbZbXRQ?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUo3MfGtqogz7P3u5JUm3c- song catalog]] of ''Videogame/AlanWake'''s HeavyMithril FakeBand Old Gods of Asgard {{Invoke|d}}s and {{Exploit|ed}}s this in-universe, as each song they release contains helpful hints on how to defeat the EldritchAbomination plaguing the hero, partly because that Abomination's own RealityWarper powerset incidentally grants ''any'' artist in its vicinity MagicWriting powers.



* RecurringRiff: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzsiE44Lz_w Late Goodbye]]," the ThemeSong of ''VideoGame/MaxPayne2TheFallOfMaxPayne,'' is a melancholic country-inspired tune hummed, sung and played on piano by multiple characters in-game before appearing in full as its SolemnEndingTheme. Max even owns [[https://youtu.be/AzsiE44Lz_w?list=PLjACqN5i5sDVBPJGHevomO4YZd9wwVLkS the album]].
* RewritingReality: In the ''Videogame/AlanWake '' games, an {{Implied}} power of the FakeBand Old Gods of Asgard, as their songs always presciently advise the hero on how to defeat an EldritchAbomination with note-perfect timing. Their "[[https://youtu.be/GLxb7m0j5Jg?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUo3MfGtqogz7P3u5JUm3c- The Poet and the Muse]]," goes into detail about how their contemporary, the Poet Tom, {{Invoked}} these powers to resurrect his Muse, but the Abomination who granted them {{Exploited}} this in turn, to incarnate itself in her body.
* RulesOfTheRoad: The [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/af/Jealous_Gods_cover.jpg album art]] for ''Jealous Gods,'' who's CentralTheme is JerkassGods, is a battered yellow road sign with a black lightning bolt against a clear blue sky, warning of a potential BoltOfDivineRetribution from out of the blue.
* SadClown: The video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 Carnival of Rust]]" {{Deconstruct|ed}}s this with singer Zoltar, a ragged fortunetelling automaton with peeling paint and a [[CommediaDellArte Pierrot's]] black and white makeup. He's become so warped by playing his role at the [[CircusOfFear frightening Carnival]] where he works that all that's left of his clownishness is his decaying facade. In desperation, he sings an ObsessionSong pleading with his latest customer to love him so he can be free, but its sentiment is so LoveHungry that it frightens her off, and he weeps a SingleTear as she leaves.
* ScareChord: An electric guitar variation precedes the chorus in "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 Carnival of Rust]]." In its video, it accompanies Zoltar the fortuneteller pulling "The Nine of Swords" (anguish, entrapment) after declaring his customer a "savior," and she staggers backward in startlement as he begins his LoveHungry demand that she love him to set him free from the [[CircusOfFear Carnival]].



* SolemnEndingTheme: '"[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzsiE44Lz_w Late Goodbye]]," a melancholic, country-inspired tune implying a never-ending SternChase, is the end credits music (and recurring {{leitmotif}}) of ''VideoGame/MaxPayne2TheFallOfMaxPayne.''

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* SingleTear: In the video for ObsessionSong "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 Carnival of Rust]]," fortunetelling automaton and SadClown Zoltar cries a black, make-up stained tear when he realizes his customer is leaving the [[CircusOfFear Carnival]] and will never return his affections.
* SlasherSmile: The [[http://www.poetsofthefall.com/discography/twilight_theater_cover/ album art]] for ''Twilight Theater'' gives us [[TragicMistake Hamartia]], the MonsterClown jester who finds perverse humour and joy in others' disasterous errors. No wonder he's smiling.
* SolemnEndingTheme: '"[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzsiE44Lz_w Late Goodbye]]," a melancholic, country-inspired tune implying a never-ending SternChase, is the end credits music (and recurring {{leitmotif}}) and RecurringRiff of ''VideoGame/MaxPayne2TheFallOfMaxPayne.''



** The single for BreakUpSong "The Ultimate Fling" includes "[[https://youtu.be/Cy-PlCBnm9E?list=PLjACqN5i5sDVO4HgjvSj475vj7drkiFF4 The Impromptu Alternate Version]]," an acoustic version that sands of the original's hard rock edges.

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** The single for BreakUpSong "The Ultimate Fling" includes "[[https://youtu.be/Cy-PlCBnm9E?list=PLjACqN5i5sDVO4HgjvSj475vj7drkiFF4 The Impromptu Alternate Version]]," an acoustic version that sands of off the original's hard rock edges.
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* DestructiveRomance: "[[https://youtu.be/DwmNefMrVB0?list=PLjACqN5i5sDXDvaCSm4yTRQBZpdod7HHD Kamikaze Love]]" has a pair reveling in their illicit, volatile and presumably doomed romance.
-->Take me where the angels fall\\
You take it all\\
You give no quarter for my love\\
You raise me high to tear me down\\
Leaves you reeling, feels like stealing\\
Frantic moments of kamikaze love


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* LecherousLicking: {{Inverted}} in the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompevuR1644 Lift]]," when Poet County Jail inmate and MadDreamer Mark lifts his cuffed hands and licks his fingers suggestively to blatantly {{Troll}} the token female psychologist evaluating him. It works, as she stands up in a rage, throwing papers into disarray, and a guard has to be restrained from hitting him by his peer.


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* ObsessionSong: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 Carnival of Rust]]" has its LoveHungry singer advertising his deeply dysfunctional, passive-agressive fixation on his listener via an opening verse that takes the form of a TrialBalloonQuestion ''lathered'' in WishfulProjection.
-->D'you breath the name of your saviour in your hour of need\\
N' taste the blame if the flavor should remind you of greed,\\
Of implication, insinuation and ill will, till' you cannot lie still\\
In all this turmoil, before red cape and foil come closing in for a kill?
::And this is ''before'' the ScareChord punctuated chorus, which is a blatant, direct demand to be loved, or his life will be ruined.
* OrcusOnHisThrone: In the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di7NMssrqsE Daze]]" [[MonsterClown jester]]-king Hamartia presides moodily over a MasqueradeBall while a female attendee elects to ghost on him. As an InteractiveNarrator, he knows just what she's thinking and where she's going, and as VillainProtagonist, he's powerful enough that all he needs to do to retaliate is to knock over a single, [[KillItWithFire flaming]] wine glass.
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