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Burning Point
Burning Point
July 2015
Released: 2015, AFM Records
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Waspman

As power metal exploded in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, I latched onto Burning Point’s second album, FEEDING THE FLAMES as a personal favorite. I loved the crunchy guitars and Pete Ahonen’s gruffer vocal style as I felt it helped distinguish the band amongst their peers. I failed to keep up with the band’s subsequent releases, but I jumped at the chance to review this new album.



In a somewhat surprising move, Ahonen has vacated the mic stand and handed it over to none other than ex-Battle Beast Valkyrie Nitte Valo. Musically, the five news songs (1 cover), and 5 re-recordings are typical of the band: heavy, crunchy power metal with an emphasis on speed and memorable melodies. It’s excellent stuff, particularly when the band really ratchets up the speed on tracks like “Find Your Soul”.



As for the vocals, Valo is a revelation. From the instant she opens her mouth on the album opening “In the Shadows”; she immediately puts her personal stamp on every single one of these cuts. She’s versatile and charismatic, adding a lot to already great songs like “Into the Fire”. I don’t know why Ahonen decided to bring in a new vocalist, but it was obviously the right decision. Perhaps in the future they will incorporate a bit more of his signature vocals to complement Valo – that would be awesome!



Self-titled albums are typically meant to be “statement” records and BURNING POINT fits that bill perfectly, announcing the band is back, revitalized, and kicking ass!
Track Listing

1. In the Shadows
2. All the Madness
3. Signs of Danger
4. Find Your Soul
5. Heart of Gold
6. My Darkest Times
7. Dawn of the Ancient War
8. Into the Fire
9. Blackened the Sun
10. I’ve Had Enough (Into the Fire)

Lineup

Nitte Valo: Vocals
Pete Ahonen: Guitar, Vocals
Pekka Kolivuori: Guitar
Jarkko Vaisanen: Keyboards
Sami Nyman: Bass
Jussi Ontero: Drums

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