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Review: Burning Point - The Blaze
Burning Point
The Blaze

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2016
Duration: 44:27
Tracks: 11
Genre: Power Metal


Review online: February 8, 2017
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (9 Votes)

As I said in my review of 2015's self-titled release, I was hoping for more crunchy, Germanic Power Metal from Finland's Burning Point and with 2016's The Blaze the band has delivered the goods. Founder and axe man Pete Ahonen sounds rejuvenated as he spins neoclassical riffs and solos, a la Yngwie Malmsteen circa Trilogy, around former Battle Beast vocalist Nitte Valo's powerful and charismatic delivery. The Blaze if full of catchy choruses on tracks like "The Time has Come" and "The King is Dead, Long Live the King." Valo gets to show off more than just her powerful wail on slower songs like "Dark Winged Angel" and turns the classic Lee Aaron (remember her? Dressed like Dio, sang like Pat Benatar) track "Metal Queen" into the true Heavy Metal song it was destined to be. I can see this song becoming a live staple for years to come. The slower songs like "My Spirit" are still melodic but lack the energy and punch of the double-kick numbers and cause the album to drag in places but the faster material outweighs the slower and the effect is minimal. Burning Point is back and all fans of early 2000s Power Metal should grab a copy of The Blaze; it's their best since Feeding the Flames.

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