|Review: Burning Point - The Ignitor|
Label: Scarlet Records
Year released: 2012
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: January 9, 2013
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Rated 4/5 (80%) (5 Votes)
Burning Point have released albums on a number of labels now, never really finding a home for their solid, fire-themed Power Metal, yet they keep plugging away at it. The Ignitor is their fifth release, and it plays out much like the four that came before it. We have a selection of ball-busting double-kickers, something this band excels at, a handful of epic-styled stompers with big choruses and chugging riffs, and those that fall somewhere in between. Vocalist/guitarist Pete Ahonen has a knack for writing quality Power Metal, and while I think his skills are better used in his other act Ghost Machinery, this album contains some of his best work.
"Heaven Is Hell", "Eternal Flame" and "Holier Than Thou" are the best of the fast cuts, but there is plenty to like about slower numbers such as "Silent Scream" and the catchiest song on the album, "Demon Inside Of You", which opens with a riff that will knock you five ways from Sunday. It feels as if Pete has tried a little harder with The Ignitor; the guitar tone is the strongest the band has ever had, carrying plenty of strength and crunch, and the riffs themselves are more heroic-sounding, getting you excited in a way tracks from Burned Down The Enemy and Salvation By Fire didn't. If you're new to Burning Point, their sophomore effort Feeding The Flames is the album to get, but if you like well-played Power Metal with a plethora of catchy riffs and hooks, you won't turn your nose up at this.
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