Title: Burning PointLabel: AFM Records
marks a new chapter in the Burning Point story, as Pete
Ahonen steps down from the microphone and in steps former
Battle Beast vocalist Nitte Valo for their latest album
simply entitled 'Burning Point'.
album contains five new songs and the reworking of five
others, plus a KISS cover, with Valo on vocals this has
given Burning Point a whole new sense of direction, her
fiery vocals aided by Ahonen’s and Kolivuori’s superb
guitar work, all go to make this a very special Burning
older tracks are given a new lease of life but it’s a new
track that get's the album underway, 'In The Shadows’, a
blistering opener and one that highlights from the off what
Valo brings to Burning Point. A massive metal vocal
extravaganza that really brings this one to life.
first of the reworked tracks is equally impressive ‘All
The Madness’ is a towering metal anthem that shows Valo at
her titanic best, as she does on the all the songs to be
new re-workings continues with the massive ‘Signs of
Danger’, a rip-snorting guitar lick is the thread that
holds this one together. These re-workings really
sound good, not to say better than the originals, but they
have their own identity.
next of the new songs is ‘Find Your Soul’, another
blistering slice of Heavy Metal that still has that Burning
Point classic sound, but its' Valo that makes this one, once
of Gold’ is given a real metal makeover the guitar sound
is bigger the orchestrations are massive, the drums are
bigger, the bass lines more defined, the whole song is now on a whole new
level compared to the original.
next new track is a more sedate slice of Metal, still a
massive song, but with a more melodic refrain and highlights
Valo’s gentler side. What can I say about ‘Dawn Of
An Ancient War’, the original rocked but this new one just
blows the original out of the water. Sonically this is
a much more modern metal attack on the senses.
re-worked ‘Into The Fire’ is given a first class
makeover, well not just a makeover but a full on
facelift. The rampaging guitars of the original are
still here, but here they're on a much grander scale, as is
‘Blackened The Sun’, with melodic metal of newby
‘Queen of Fire’ squeezed in between these two
The album is closed with a stunning cover of KISS’s ‘I’ve Had Enough (Into the Fire)', never did the 'Animalize' version sound this heavy. This is the icing on the cake for what is the prelude to the bands forthcoming album ‘Polttopiste’. I for one can't wait.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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