Wednesday, January 20, 2016

BURNING POINT: ”Burning Point”

Rating: RRRR
Label: AFM Records 2015
Review by Kimmo Toivonen

Burning Point introduced their new singer Nitte Valo with this album last year. With the former Battle Beast singer on board, the band recorded 4 new tracks and one cover. In addition to those, they also re-recorded 6 older BP tracks to which Nitte’s vocals added a new twist.

If you’re not familiar with Burning Point, this album is a good one to start with. They’ve chosen strong material from the past albums and the new songs aren’t half bad either.

Burning Point play Heavy Metal, simple as that. You’ll hear echoes of Judas Priest, Helloween and Accept in these songs, maybe with a little bit of Avantasia/Nightwish-like pomp thrown in. Out of all the bands of mastermind Pete Ahonen , Burning Point might be the heaviest one, but there’s still plenty of room for melodies and hooks. Just about every song has a distinctive, big chorus hook, ”Signs Of Danger”, ”Heart Of Gold” and ”Queen Of Fire” being three examples of that.

The aforementioned cover is ”I’ve Had Enough (Into The Fire)”, an eighties’ Kiss track from the ”Animalize” album. Nitte does a good job singing the not-so-easy Paul Stanley parts, but I’m not that fond of the Teutonic Metal treatment given to the chorus.

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