When I think of Power Metal the phrase “shock and awe” springs to mind and when I’m listening to a new piece of music the first thing that goes through my mind is “ Is this going to be able to give me a concussion?”.Today’s contenders are BURNING POINT and their latest release “The Blaze”. This is their second release since being picked up by AFM Records which, in an encouraging move, re-released all the bands older work.
“Shock and awe” is a good way to describe BURNING POINT’S sound, “Master Them All” is the opening track of “The Blaze” and shows us that this Finnish six piece are not fucking about. The guitar work could best be described as “neck stretchingly good” not particularly fast or heavy but Christ it gets you moving. You’ll be moving for a while too because “Master Them All” will stick in your head for days.
The fun and energetic atmosphere carries on, thankfully the band doesn’t lose any of their momentum from that huge opening track. The whole album is tight and well produced, Nitte Valo sounds like what I imagine a Valkyrie to sing like and from a guitar point of view there are some moments of finger shredding bliss. Truth be told, there’s not a lot I can criticise on “The Blaze” but if I were to be picky towards the end of the album BURNING POINT begins to lose its edge and sound a little flat. This isn’t major though because the band soon pick up again.
A big mistake some Power Metal bands is to just keep furious pace up and not worry about anything else. This is not the case with BURNING POINT, their specialty is to get your head moving and your fist in the air. “The King Is Dead, Long Live The King” is my personal favourite, Nitte Valo’s howling vocals and a thundering guitar riff get my head moving just thinking about it. It’s my personal favourite, but the great thing is that there is more than one to choose from. There is even a nice cover of LEE AARONS “Metal Queen” at the end of the album.
All in all this is a great release and it’s really refreshing that the band haven’t gone down the “high speed” avenue of Power Metal. Maybe this won’t please all fans but then again what’s life without variety? The riffs are thunderous and there are some extremely well crafted solos for all the guitar lovers out there. Nearly every song is infectiously catchy and I’ll still be singing the chorus from “The King Is Dead, Long Live The King” for days to come. There’s very little wrong with this album and If you want to hear something that gets you pumped, BURNING POINT is where you need to look.
1.Master Them All
2.The Time Has Come
6.Dark Winged Angel
8.Lost In Your Thoughts
9.Things That Drag Me Down
10.The King Is Dead, Long Live The King
Nitte Valo / Vocals
Pete Ahonen / Guitars
Pekka Kolivuori / Guitars
Sammy Nyman / Bass
Jarkko Väisänen / Keyboards
Jussi Ontero / Drums