YMMV / Poets of the Fall

  • Awesome Music:
    • Pretty much all of Twilight Theater and Temple of Thought
    • Can you Hear Me from Alchemy Vol.1.
    • "Late Goodbye," based on a poem by Sam Lake, which plays over the closing credits of Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne as the country-inspired Solemn Ending Theme; it went on to become a chart-topping Breakaway Pop Hit in their native Finland, instantly making their careers.
    • Their Fake Band Old Gods Of Asgard's Children of the Elder God from Alan Wake. Not only is it an awesome piece of music, but it is heard at what may be the game's Moment of Awesome, a setpiece fighting a legion of Taken while standing on a rock stage with exploding pyrotechnics.
    • Also, Old Gods' "The Poet and the Muse" is an equally amazing song that plays at the end of Episode 4 where everything starts to come together, and the song's lyrics explain the backstory and what Alan must do next.
    • "War" the Power Ballad blaring from a radio during a NPC-less battle setpiece in Alan Wake. Not as impressive as the earlier staged based fight, but the more emotional song adds a greater deal of weight to the ensuing battle.
    • And Old Gods' "Balance Slays The Demon" from Alan Wake's American Nightmare is amazing.
    • Markus "Captain" Kaarlonen's soundtrack for Shattered Horizon
  • Earworm: "Late Goodbye" the Solemn Ending Theme and recurring leitmotif of Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne, and the Breakaway Pop Hit that put Poets on the map. It's also an in-universe example, as various characters in-game are heard singing it or playing it on pianos.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The band have a very devoted following in their native Finland, but have also had surprising levels of success elsewhere. They produced a special Best Of Album in India, have toured a lot in Russia and of course have a North American and European fanbase that know of them from their work on Max Payne 2 and the Alan Wake games.
  • Ho Yay: Alan Wake's Power Ballad "War," about fighting against an enemy together, is ostensibly directed from protagonist Alan to his wife Alice, but considering that she spends most of the game abducted by said enemy and in need of rescue, there's a subtext both in-game and in the music video that the sentiments are directed from Alan's predecessor Thomas Zane to his chosen successor Alan, or the other way 'round.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Most of Marko's singing is absolutely beautiful.
  • Tear Jerker
    • If "Late Goodbye" doesn't get you, the video will. Bonus points for featuring heavily in Max Payne 2, which is incredibly depressing all by itself.
    • "The Beautiful Ones".
    ''Why do we sacrifice our beautiful souls?
    How do you break a heart of gold?.''
    • "The Poet and the Muse" by Old Gods Of Asgard in Alan Wake. Just pay attention to the lyrics...
    • "Space Debris," an old MOD song by POTF's Markus "Captain" Kaarlonen, which he updated for the Rochard soundtrack.
  • Uncanny Valley: The fully-Intentional look for the music video of "Carnival of Rust" revolving around a Circus of Fear carnival and its surreal, menacing denizens.