Burning Point – The Ignitor

Final Verdict: 80/100
Favorite song: Eternal Flame
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Release Date: june 2012

Burning Point is a Finnish heavy metal / power metal band that has been around since 1999. They play oldschool straight-forward power metal to the likes of Stratovarius, Hammerfall and Gamma Ray. The Ignitor is their fifth studio album, their last album Empyre came out in 2009. I never heard of these guys, but I have to say, I listen to so many different genres that I might miss a few.

After a first hearing of this album, Burning Point feels to me like a one-in-a-million power metal bands. After a second, and third, and even fourth, I start to like this album more and more. It’s easy to listen to, the songs all have the same vibe, the choruses are easy to sing along too. One of the best things about Burning Point is probably singer Pete Ahonen, who instead of constant high screams (like you hear often with power metal bands) creates nice mid-range vocal lines. He has plenty of moments to show what his full range can be, and that he can easily hit those high notes, but personally I like the lower vocal lines more. This album isn’t bad. It’s not bad at all! I actually quite like it. But, since it sounds so generic, there’s really not much to say about it.

The album kicks off with a great riff in Eternal Flame, which is probably one of the songs I like best on this album. When the next song hits my ears, my legs immediately start to jump and my head start banging. That’s kinda the reaction each of the songs on the album gives me. It’s just really well written, although every cliché in the genre is packed into every song 😉

In the Night is a bit darker than the songs mentioned before, but has a great sing-a-long chorus to make up for that. The Ignitor is the titlesong for the album, and is an epic power metal classic. The riff reminds me of Dream Evils’ Book of Heavy Metal (which is a true classic). Silent Scream is the bands’ power ballad (yuck) but it’s well executed, exactly as it should sound. Thank god for Heaven is Hell, which makes us forget about Silent Screams right away. With Losing Sleep the band takes a step away from the standard power formula with an interesting mainriff and some breaks. But when you get to the chorus they’re back to the how-it-should-sound formula already. Everdream is the only song in which Pete actually screams. Just another straightforward song to headbang along too. Not much to say about the other songs really, except that Lost Tribe is imo the weakest song on the album. The last song, however, could also be one of my favorites 😉 *Hums along* Holier than Thou!

The only let-down I can find about this album, are the keys. I feel the keys are a bit too much (since most of the time they play exactly the same as the guitars) but maybe it makes for a fuller, more complete sound. It’s not needed for the songs though, so I’d leave them out.

Final Verdict: 80/100
Hammerfall has been around way longer, but Burning Point sounds like Hammerfall should. If you’re into power metal, this is an album you can’t miss. There’s no real highlight, but it’s a constant flow of happiness.

Tracklisting
1. Eternal Flame
2. In the fires of my self-made hell
3. In the night
4. The ignitor
5. Silent scream
6. Heaven is hell
7. Losing sleep
8. Demon inside of you
9. Everdream
10. Lost Tribe
11. Holier than Thou

Line Up
Pete Ahonen Vocals, Guitars
Jussi Ontero Keyboards, drums
Jukka Jokikokko Bass
Pekka Kolivuori Guitars

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About ZirkoNicky

A fun-loving metalhead from the Netherlands. Not much to say really. I like listening to or playing metal, I totally love being creative (either in music or with a wide variety of materials). Nothing always for the best though. Anyway, any questions? Just ask!

Posted on July 25, 2012, in Heavy, Power. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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