REVIEW: Burning Point – The Blaze

Finnish power metal band Burning Point is finally back with what I guess could be referred to as their debutalbum with their new singer Nitte Valo (ex-Battle Beast), seeing their previous album was a re-recording mixed with some new songs.  The band however, has been around since the late 90’s, this being their sixth album in the counting.

The album starts off big and epic – as you would expect a classic power metal album to open, and it gives you hope for the following album; and the album continues on in the same spirit. It’s heavy, it’s fast and it got the perfect amount of accessories and a keyboard from heaven. I love keyboards, ok?

However, the album is a bit too bland for me. There is not really any song on the album that really sticks out – there are parts of songs, such as the intro for “Time has Come” and also the added aggressiveness in “The King is Dead, Long Live the King”, but despite that, the songs all melt together, which makes it a bit long to listen to at times. I wish they would have had a song or two which stood out more from the crowd, so to speak.

There are however some good tunes in there –  “Dark Winged Angel” with it’s harmonic chorus, “Things That Drag Me Down” with it’s epicness, as well as the aforementioned two songs. The song I enjoy the most of the album though is actually the bonus track, and also cover – “Metal Queen”. It feels like the anthem for every single female metal person out there – and it really cheered me up at the end. I love Nitte’s vocal work on this album – I love it when I hear such talented women work their voices on metal like this, claiming their place in the metal world.

(Label: AFM Records)

CDON I Amazon I Ginza

// Sara


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