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Feeding The Flames
Released: 2003, LMP
I wasn’t even going to review this disc until I recently read a review of this disc in the pages of a respected international metal magazine. The author and fellow critic slagged this disc (and the most recent Wizard) giving them both low grades. This reviewer talked a lot about the art, the label, but not much mention of the music. It occurred to me that some people are never satisfied. These are the same people who in the mid –90’s howled and lamented that there were no traditional metal acts anymore. Now we are deep in a golden age of metal and yet the critics and cynics are not silenced throwing around terms like ‘glut’, ‘clone’ and ‘cheese’. (whatever that means)
Well, I’m pleased to tell you that this is a damn fine album. I’m writing this almost in direct response to ‘cancel out’ the negative review and provide the straight goods. FTF is virtually flawless! If this had come out in 1990 it would be praised to eternity as being a classic. Unfortunately many reviewers cannot remove their immediate feelings about a CD from a greater context and denigrate these types of albums. It takes time to actually listen to a disc and formulate an educated opinion based on the music, not on how many other bands have come out that week that sound similar.
Now that is the problem. The bar for real metal has been raised so high that some people are unwilling to give bands a chance based on individual artistic merit alone. Too many other factors come into play and bands like Burning Point, get dismissed by people who don’t take the time or care to try to appreciate real metal.
Focusing on the band at hand, FTF is one kick-ass album. Every mandatory element is there for a kick-ass listening experience. Soaring vocals, pounding double kick drums, thunderous bass lines, blazing guitars, technical solos it is truly magnificent. Still following the fire theme Burning Point have twelve great cuts including an amusingly titled tongue in cheek instrumental called ‘Malmikivi’ which can only be a tribute to ol’ Yngwie himself. The production is flawless, high highs, low, lows decent mix, all power and fury. This album is even heavier and faster than the debut! Another great piece of cover art and the sterling Limb commitment to quality is still there.
This is a metal album. I understand how people have individual tastes but anyone who doesn’t like a straight-ahead, classic, Maiden/Priest influenced metal album you have to wonder what they are looking for, indeed what more could one ask for? When you order classic, chocolate ice-cream that’s what you are going to get, but some people like to complain what they get it is not Rocky Road. Well I like chocolate and I like Burning Point.
If you like any number of classic traditional metal bands who I don’t need to name-drop, buy this CD and you will be satisfied.
1. Into The Fire
2. Blackened The Sun
3. Veil of Secrecy
4. Voices From The Past
5. I Am The Silent One
6. Stray Bullet
7. Night Games
8. Quicker Than The Eye
10. Resurrection Machine
11. All The Madness
12. Feeding The Flames
Pete Ahonen-vocals, Guitar
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