Burning Point - The Ignitor - (5/10)

Published on August 11, 2012

Tracklist:

  1. Eternal Flame (Salvation by Fire Part II)
  2. In the Fires of My Self-Made Hell
  3. In the Night
  4. The Ignitor
  5. Silent Scream
  6. Heaven is Hell
  7. Losing Sleep
  8. Demon Inside of You
  9. Everdream
  10. Lost Tribe
  11. Holier Than Thou

Genre:

Power

Label:

Scarlet Records

Playing Time:

43:46

Country:

Finland

Year:

2012

Website:

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Finland’s Burning Point have been toiling away in minor obscurity for a little over ten years, neither being completely unrecognized nor garnering a very large fan base. Burning Point has received consistently mixed reviews over the years, but has not gone into the realms of “love them or hate them” like Manowar and the like. The positive reviews have highlighted the edgy and powerful vocals and the excellent lead guitar while the negative reviews have claimed that Burning Point are generally uninspired and lack the conviction and drive to make them stand out from the over-saturated power metal field.

 

The Ignitor, Burning Point’s fifth album in their thirteen year history, is likely going to be criticized for the same qualms as their previous releases, but this album does show a lot more drive and conviction than previous releases. This may not be the most inspired power metal album, but there are a lot solid tracks here. Unfortunately, there are a lot of exceedingly mediocre tracks as well, but it seems that Burning Point is moving in the right direction.

 

The Ignitor takes cues from modern power metal cohorts by sticking with a mostly mid-tempo approach to the music. The guitars plod along with little conviction during most verses and are basically just random power chords floated throughout. Dense keyboards fill the background and rarely lay off, almost to the point of annoyance. The drums are rather bland and standard. For the most part, Burning Point sounds like any type of neoclassical power metal band, without much of the Neoclassical styling. What I mean by that is that most of the songs on The Ignitor come across as Firewind or Magic Kingdom b-sides or filler tracks.

 

The vocals and the lead guitars are definitely the highlight here. The vocals are edgy and sharp, much like Stephen Fredrick of Kenziner and early Firewind or Anders Zackrisson from early Nocturnal Rites. Even the mediocre tracks are improved by the vocals, because, aside from the aforementioned bands, you just don’t hear this vocal approach too much anymore, and just about never is it well executed like on the The Ignitor. The solos and lead guitar work, even on the excessively mediocre tracks, are awesome. The leads are fast and tight, being a nice cross of Malmsteen styled speed and technicality and the more melodious approach of Timo Tolkii.

 

The better tracks on this album, such as “Eternal Flame” and “In The Fires of My Self-Made Hell”, are blazing when compared with the rest of the album. The keyboards are still there, but backed off slightly, letting the fast paced guitar work take the lead. Yes, fast paced guitar work. It’s almost like the band got a shot in the rear and decided to write some blistering and memorable tracks. The drums are blazing, the vocals retain their awesome edge and unique tone. Unfortunately, out of eleven tracks, you are given about four of these gems.

 

Burning Point can obviously write some really awesome songs, but they just have not mastered writing a completely awesome album. There is too much on The Ignitor that is mediocre and plain. They have all all of the right elements, and, as I said, there are a few power metal anthems here, but they dropped the ball, with nearly two-thirds of the album being utter mediocrity. If Burning Point can capitalize on the good (meaning write a full album in the vein of “Eternal Flame”) then they will have a beast of an album. Recommended to power metal fans and only power metal fans. There’s not much here anyone else will get out of this.

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Author: Shawn Miller

Scraping the bottom of the barrel since 1983, Shawn Miller is a heavy metal enthusiast living in the not-so-far reaches of Central PA. He is The Metal Observer's resident purveyor of the blackened, the foul and the filthy.

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