Released: 2012, Scarlet Records
Burning Point are back and there have been some positive changes. First and foremost the band have re- embraced their 'fire' theme that they temporarily abandoned on 2009's EMPYRE. The new album is called THE IGNITOR and hopefully it will reignite the enthusiasm of the fans that seemed to drift away over the past few albums. I felt (just my perception) that the band never capitalized on the excitement of the first two records on Limb. The band is now on Scarlet Records and while I have nothing against Metal Heaven, Scarlet is a bigger label that might help push the band to new heights.
Burning Point have always had this knack of writing songs that are infectious and hooky. The mid-tempo track ‘ Losing Sleep’ could have easily fit on a classic-era Queensrcyhe album, it so well written and come chorus time draws you in as well as showcasing a very nice solo. The whole album is loaded with highpoints but oddly enough the best songs in my mind are not the obligatory speedy ones but the mid-tempo ones this time around. ‘Silent Scream’ is very memorable almost getting into power-ballad territory with a good bass line that opens the down-tempo song that eventually swells to a huge chorus. ‘In The Night’ also has a darker slower feel with yet another huge melodic chorus with great backing vocals that entice you to song along. ‘Demon Inside Of You’ is another very tuneful mid-tempo tune. The band don’t forsake the speed however with the double kick driven ‘Heaven Is Hell’ and the strong album closer, the very fast, ‘Holier Than Thou’ with a very happy riff that bounces along dramatically.
Pete Ahonen is on fire behind the microphone. He hits high notes with ease switching from mid to ranges with clarity and ease. Check the opening screams on the two opening cuts, ‘Eternal Flame’ and ‘In The Fires Of My Self Made Hell’. He nails it both times! He really is an under-rated singer. The album benefits from good production and good performances from the whole band. THE IGNITOR is consistently solid and memorable all the way through. The keyboards accentuate the strong song-writing never overpower the guitars but work in tandem with them nicely.
If there is any justice in the world, THE IGNITOR might be the album that takes Burning Point to the next level. The long-suffering, hard-working band certainly deserve it and if they keep putting out excellent material like this, more and more fans will feel the fire!