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REVIEW: Burning Point – The Blaze

Posted in CDs, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 1, 2016 by Sara Hammerzmith

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.

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(Label: AFM Records)

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// Sara

 

REVIEW: Burning Point – Burning Point

Posted in CDs, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , on June 12, 2015 by Sara Hammerzmith

When I say Finland, most of you will say metal. I don’t think there’s any country in the world who is so linked with metal as Finland is, and Finland is also the homeland of Burning Point. They’ve held their spot in the metal scene since the mid 90’s and have previously released five albums – “Salvation by Fire” in 2001, “Feeding the Flames” in 2003, “Burn Down the Enemy” in 2007 and “Empyre” in 2009 and “The Ignitor” in 2012.

In 2014, the guitarist and vocalist of the band, Pete Ahonen invited Nitte Valo (previously in Battle Beast) to take over the vocals, said and done. From that day on, they were a female fronted metalband. Their sixth studioalbum is the first album to feature Nitte and contains of five new songs and six re-recorded classics.

The first thing I notice, especially when I think back on the older material Burning Point has, is how much heavier they have gotten. While the older were more… how do I put it, more classic “calm” power-metal, this has a lot more aggression to it. There is quite the difference between the new songs and the old – the new songs are far more aggressive and fast than the re-recorded ones.  There is some softness though – like in “Heart of Gold” which is still as magical with Nitte singing as with Pete, as well as “My Darkest Time”.

It’s a well-balanced album – heavier songs combined with softer, epic songs combined with fast songs. So far so good, however, I can’t say I’m jumping of joy when I hear the new tunes. They are good, but they don’t quite match up. And the re-recordings… Some are good, some are decent. The production is good – the execution is good. Nitte’s voice is extremely powerful, and it’s one of the things that drags up the grade for me.

It’s a decent album. It’s a good start. I’m looking forward to see what they can do in the future, with their new singer. If you like bands like Iron Maiden mixed with Sabaton, you’ll like this.

Best: “Dawn of the Ancient War”. Love the song, with Nitte or Pete. “Heart of Gold” needs a little attention too, I think.

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(Label: AFM Records)

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// Sara