Burning Point – Empyre

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Reviewed: April 2009
Released: 2009, Metal Heaven
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Rick

I have been following this band\’s career from the very start. They first came on the scene in 2001 on the tails of the power metal explosion but have achieved a longevity that many bands in that genre were unable to get a handle on. The band has gone through many changes and struggles, and one of the biggest was losing original guitarist Juka Kyro who reanimated his legendary Finnish thrash act National Napalm Syndicate. Burning Point has persevered and has released EMPYRE, their fourth disc.

I have heard many reviews in the past both praising and belittling the band. I am firmly in the praising camp. Burning Point brings traditional metal and power metal together in a package that few bands can match. Empyre again highlights Pete Ahonen’s mid-ranged strong vocal style. He doesn’t have that top gear that say a Bruce or Ronnie has but he manages to exude more power and emotion in one sentence than most vocalists can wailing their way through a whole album. “Manic Merry-Go-Round”, “Fool’s Parade” and the closer “Only the Wrong Will Survive” are the absolute highlights of the CD. It is on these tracks that Burning Point shows the absolute best side of their songwriting. The songs are heavy yet catchy and full or power. The kind of music that any fan of Maiden/Priest/Dio would love.

Eight years into their journey Burning Point show no sign of letting up. Pete Ahonen has a vision for where he wants the band to go and he isn’t going to let a few stumbling blocks get in his way. It’s a shame that a larger label hasn\’t snapped up these guys and helped them get to a wider audience. That hasn’t stopped the band from releasing some high quality material with the latest disc helping to add to their little “Empyre”.


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Track Listing:
1. Intro (The Godfather Theme)
2. Empye
3. Manic Merry-Go-Round
4. Face the Truth
5. Fool’s Parade
6. Was it Me
7. Walls of Stone
8. Sacrafice
9. Cruel World
10. Blinded by the Darkness
11. Only the Wrong Will Survive

Pete Ahonen: vocals/guitar
Pekka Kolivuori: guitar
Jussi Ontero: drums
Jukka Jokikokko: bass
Pasi Hiltula: keyboards