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Burning Point: Burning Point

Burning Point are led by mastermind Pete Ahonen and the band has released five studio albums thus far in their career all with Ahonen on lead vocals. In 2014, Ahonen (who is responsible for guitars as well) asked former Battle Beast singer Nitte Valo to join the band as new vocalist. The resulting, eponymously titled CD includes five brand new songs and six Burning Point classics in re-recorded versions. The good folks at AFM Records are of the opinion that, "Ahonen has composed some of his best tracks yet and the re-recordings make the classics shine like never before. Also, sonically Burning Point is the best sounding album the band has released so far. And seeing this promising new constellation, it is just the beginning with much more to come…" They would say that wouldn't they but this is a very solid collection from the crunching riff at the beginning of "In The Shadows" until at least the end of "Blackened The Sun" – I can live without the cover of "I've Had Enough".

There's vaguely old school metal in the form of "All The Madness", top quality melody and power on both the quite thrilling "Heart Of Gold" and "Into The Fire" – who cares if "My Darkest Times" is a tad pedestrian? There is ample evidence here to suggest that this new incarnation of the band can move forward to bigger and better things.

Track Listing:
01. In The Shadows
02. All The Madness (2015)
03. Signs Of Danger (2015)
04. Find Your Soul
05. Heart Of Gold (2015)
06. My Darkest Times
07. Dawn Of The Ancient War (2015)
08. Into The Fire (2015)
09. Queen Of Fire
10. Blackened The Sun (2015)
11. I've Had Enough (Into The Fire) - Kiss Cover

Added: November 22nd 2015
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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Burning Point: Burning Point
Posted by Jon Neudorf, SoT Staff Writer on 2015-11-22 22:56:49
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Burning Point is a Finnish power metal band that formed in the early thousands. Their debut Salvation By Fire was released in 2001. They have released five albums since, including their latest self-titled disc, the first to include new vocalist Nitte Valo (ex-Battle Beast).

The new album can be thought as a bridge from old to new featuring four brand new tracks, six rerecorded tunes from previous albums and a remake of the lesser known Kiss tune "I've Had Enough (Into the Fire)".

Since I am new to the band I cannot comment on the older material and how these re-done tracks compare with the originals. Having a new female vocalist have probably put these tunes in a slightly different light and if you are not familiar with Valo I suggest you give her a listen as she can really belt it out and sustain those high notes.

The disc starts with a new track "In The Shadows", having a typical European power metal sound. The riffs are fast and the vocals strong as Valo gets in some operatic histrionics. The next tune "All The Madness", originally released on Feeding The Flames from 2003, is much more mellow and balladic during the verse but does kick it up a notch for the fairly catchy chorus. "Signs Of Danger" is another speedy riff fest taken from the debut album Salvation By Fire and is a pretty good slice of melodic power metal with a suitably bombastic chorus as Valo does a great job. Nice guitar solo as well. "Find Your Soul" features another catchy chorus while the moody "My Darkest Times" is more epic sounding with mellower parts making the heavier moments more intense.

Keyboards are also used throughout the disc providing some nice orchestrations and softer colours and in the melodic and heavy "Queen Of Fire" they take on more importance.

While I did not find Burning Point to be an earth shattering disc it is melodic, well played and superbly produced making it an enjoyable forty-five minute listening experience. Fans of power metal should certainly find enjoyment here.

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