An AlternativeRock band from Finland, Poets of the Fall consists of vocalist Marko Saaresto, guitarist Olli Tukiainen, and keyboardist Markus "Captain" Kaarlonen, who also produces the songs. When touring, the band is supported by three additional members: bassist Jani Snellman, rhythm guitarist/supporting vocalist Jaska Mäkinen, and percussionist Jari Salminen.

Shortly after the band was formed in 2003, Sami Järvi, a friend of Saaresto’s 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 game’s 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.

Since then, they have maintained a high-quality output; each of their albums has entered the Finnish charts as number one. Not including ''Signs of Life'', all of their albums have been certified gold in Finland in three weeks or less, and ''Signs of Life'' and ''Carnival of Rust'' have both been certified platinum.

They worked with Remedy again in 2010, on the video game ''VideoGame/AlanWake''. They appeared as the FakeBand Old Gods of Asgard, writing two songs specifically for the game. Additionally, they appeared as themselves in a flashback, and the song "War" was played on one of the in-game radios. They also have two songs in the ''VideoGame/AlanWake'' GaidenGame, ''Alan Wake's American Nightmare'': "Balance Slays the Demon'' as the Old Gods of Asgard, and "The Happy Song" as themselves.

Fun fact: their first two albums were produced in Kaarlonen’s living room.

* ''Signs of Life'' (2005)
* ''Carnival of Rust'' (2006)
* ''Revolution Roulette'' (2008)
* ''Twilight Theater'' (2010)
* ''Alchemy Vol. 1'' (2011)
* ''Temple of Thought'' (2012)
* ''Jealous Gods'' (2014)

!!This band contains examples of:
* AlliterativeTitle: ''Revolution Roulette,'' their third album and its TitleTrack, a song about courting the possibility of FullCircleRevolution.
* AttentionWhore: {{Deconstructed}} in "Save Me"; the singer is developing self-destructive tendencies in his quest for attention. {{Lampshaded}} in the chorus:
-->''Save me\\
I'm my own worst enemy\\
Running headlong to the wall\\
'Cause I want my freebie.''
* 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.
* BalladOfX: "The Ballad of Jeremiah Peacekeeper" a {{Western}}-inspired tale 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.
* CallBack: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biZpPNzt3II Choice Millionaire]]"'s spoken-word outro contains part of "Dying to Live"'s lyrics.
* 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 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.
* ContinuityNod: 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:
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHTKxRjAjqI Fire]]"-eaters ply their trade
** The Ferris wheel is called The Great "Gravity" Wheel, and fragments of its lyrics serve as slogans on Zoltar the fortune-telling automaton's case.
** The customer's fortune ticket bears a number "4" for "All the Way/4U"
** The Bearded Lady is being tattooed with the word "Delicious."
* 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 can’t quite place.
* FullCircleRevolution: The general message of "Revolution Roulette": easy solutions after a revolution tend to cause more problems than they solve, setting the stage for another revolution.
-->''Everybody has the perfect solution,\\
It's just hard to resist the sweet seduction.\\
There ain't no trick to winning double what you bet.\\
Welcome to revolution roulette.''
* GenreRoulette: They can play a wide variety of styles, ranging from metal to hard rock to symphonic. [[IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do with]] ''Revolution Roulette''.
* GreatestHitsAlbum:
** ''Best of Poets of the Fall,'' [[NoExportForYou only]] released in India for some reason.
** {{Subverted}} with ''Alchemy Vol. 1'', as it’s actually a collection of the band’s favorites and two new songs.
* HeavyMithril: As their [[FakeBand fictional personas]] in the ''VideoGame/AlanWake'' games, Old Gods of Asgard, who combine Myth/NorseMythology with Franchise/CthulhuMythos imagery in a seventies[=/=]eighties metal package, and aid the hero through ThePowerOfRock.
* 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.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoAoLjEXffo Miss Impossible]]" appears to describe such a woman, and {{lampshades}} her paradoxical nature:
--> As she is beautiful, she's unpredictable,\\
Damned irresistible, is it plausible to hate her?\\
She is my common sense, revels on decadence,\\
But what's the difference, it's impossible to bait her.
* MetalScream:
** A short mid-range punctuation is present after a bout of manic laughter and a gasp in "Psychosis."
** High-register, gravelly screams punctuate and highlight the chorus of their HeavyMithril FakeBand Old Gods of Asgard's "Children of the Elder God."
* 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]].
* MonsterClown:
** {{Downplayed}} in "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.
** The [[http://www.poetsofthefall.com/discography/twilight_theater_cover/ album art]] for ''Twilight Theater'' introduces [[TragicMistake Hamartia]], the SlasherSmile-sporting jester with a HappyHarlequinHat that terminates not in jingle bells, but a coiled serpent's head.
** The video for ''Jealous Gods''' "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di7NMssrqsE Daze]]" sees Hamartia reappear to sing it, this time as an even creepier Jester-''King,'' with bells hanging from his hair, presiding moodily over a decadent MasqueradeBall until an attendee elects to leave without his say-so. He responds by setting ''everything'' [[KillItWithFire on fire]].
* PopStarComposer: They've a nice sideline composing videogame soundtracks.
** ''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.
** Poets' Markus "Captain" Kaarlonen did the soundtrack to indie FPS ''VideoGame/ShatteredHorizon.''
** Likewise, Kaarlonen soundtracked ''VideoGame/{{Rochard}},'' while the whole band performed its ThemeSong, "Grinder's Blues."
* PowerBallad:
** "The Poet and the Muse," ''VideoGame/AlanWake's'' folky story-song by HeavyMithril FakeBand Old Gods of Asgard, which reveals the terrible fates of the protagonist's predecessors, and offers a way for him to escape their EternalRecurrance.
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIG1xnYdlFo War]]" the sweeping epic devotional about unexpectedly finding someone you could fight a common enemy with, also in ''VideoGame/AlanWake'' but credited (even in an in-game cameo) as a Poets' song.
* PurpleProse: They do this with a few songs, while proving that TropesAreNotBad.
* ShoutOut:
** The title of their first album, (and later ''Temple of Thought'' [[BonusMaterial Bonus Track]]) ''Signs of Life,'' is a nod to Music/PinkFloyd’s instrumental of the same name.
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3rYhyIk8jM The Ultimate Fling]]" has nods to two of Firm/DirtyHarry’s quotes in its chorus; specifically, "Make my day," and "Do [[BeamMeUpScotty you]] feel lucky?"
* 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.''
* StepfordSmiler: The song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dYk_9R8yPs Shallow]]" could be the Empty Smiler's Anthem.
-->''More in my face\\
Than is my taste\\
I grow so weary I'll surrender.''
* SubduedSection:
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3rYhyIk8jM The Ultimate Fling]]," a hypercombative BreakupSong, shifts into a sparer, less agitated mode when, instead of provoking conflict, the singer honestly asks what the reason for the breakup is, in hopes of getting closure.
** "Revolution Roulette," a song fatalistically musing on FullCircleRevolution, has a lulling, meditative piano bit both between verses, and backing a quieter verse befor the final, yelled chorus.
* SubliminalSeduction: Their HeavyMithril FakeBand Old Gods of Asgard's "Balance Slays the Demon" has a small section with reversed, sped up lyrics. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRcLYeuK8ZU Play it the right way round]] and you get [[spoiler:"It will happen [[EternalRecurrence again]], in another town. A town... called Ordinary."]]
* 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:
** The band's first single, "Late Goodbye," contains multiple versions of ''VideoGame/MaxPayne2'''s SolemnEndingTheme, one of them fully acoustic..
** When performed live, ''VideoGame/AlanWake'' PowerBallad "War" is often played with an acoustic guitar.
** ''Temple of Thought Bonus Edition'' has unplugged live studio versions of love songs "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfVGvY7p1sU Temple of Thought]]" and "Skin."
** the digital single of "Daze" also includes an unplugged version of ''Carnival of Rust's'' "King of Fools" which lengthens the song considerably, turning it torchy and {{Surprisingly Gentle|Song}}.
* YinYangBomb: {{Discussed}} in HeavyMithril FakeBand Old Gods of Asgard's "Balance Slays the Demon", as an in-universe attempt by the band to steer the protagonist of ''VideoGame/AlanWakesAmericanNightmare'' toward defeating the game's villain via lyrical metaphor.
-->''Ever the light casts a shadow''\\
''Ever the night springs from the light''\\
''In the end, it's never just the light you need''\\
''When balance slays the demon, you'll find peace''\\
''In the end, it's never just the dark you seek''\\
''When balance slays the demon, you'll find peace''