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 ''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)
!!This band contains examples of:
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: ''Revolution Roulette''
* BalladOfX: "The Ballad of Jeremiah Peacekeeper"
* BreakawayPopHit: "Late Goodbye" from ''MaxPayne2'', "Lift" from benchmark software [=3DMark=] and "War" from ''AlanWake''.
* CircusOfFear: The "Carnival of Rust" video takes place in a [[NightmareFuel very creepy]] one.
* ContinuityNod: The music video for "Carnival of Rust" contains references to every other song on the album.
* ExecutiveMeddling: Defied. The band founded their own record label, Insomniac, to avoid this.
* FakeBand: As HeavyMithril band "Old Gods of Asgard" in ''AlanWake''. Then, just to muddy the issue, they appear as themselves in a cameo; and before playing the Poet's song ''War'', a radio host 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.
* 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: Subverted with ''Alchemy Vol. 1'', as it’s actually a collection of the band’s favorite songs and 2 new songs. They have released a “Best of” album, but only in India for some reason.
* LiveActionAdaptation: The music video for "War" contains a few scenes from ''Alan Wake''.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Implied with Miss Impossible from the eponymous song.
* MetalScream: Several times in "Children of the Elder God", with a shorter example in "Psychosis".
* MindScrew: Some of their music videos are rather weird, especially "Carnival of Rust".
* NoExportForYou: Their albums tend to be released only in countries around Finland, although ''Carnival of Rust'' was also released in Australia. Fortunately, they’re all available on [=iTunes=].
* PowerBallad: "The Poet and the Muse"
* PurpleProse: They do this with a few songs, while proving that TropesAreNotBad.
* ShoutOut: "The Ultimate Fling" has nods to two of DirtyHarry’s quotes; specifically, "Make my day," and "Do [[BeamMeUpScotty you]] feel lucky?"
** The title of ''Signs of Life'' is a nod to PinkFloyd’s instrumental of the same name.
* SubduedSection: Especially "The Ultimate Fling" and "Revolution Roulette".
* UnpluggedVersion: When performed live, "War" is often played with an acoustic guitar.