REVIEWS - FEEDING THE FLAMES
Mielenkiintoni Burning Pointiin heräsi, kun kuulin, että kyseessä on Suomesta tuleva bändi. Yleensähän powermetal -bändit ovat julkaisseet levynsä Spinen kautta (Kyllä, yleistystä), mutta oli mielenkiintoista huomata että näin ei kaikissa tapauksissa ole. Limb Music on aina ollut minulle merkki laadusta, ja pettymystä se ei tuota myöskään Burning Pointin toisen levyn kohdalla. Jo sanonnaksi muodostunut "power metallista ei löydy mitään uutta" ei pidä paikkaansa tämän levyn kohdalla. Burning Pointissa erityisesti rumpalin ja laulajan työskentely miellyttää korvaa. Tässä on vuoden paras powermetallilevy tähän mennessä, sille ei voi mitään. Pitkää ikää Burning Pointille, jään odottamaan kieli pitkällä uutta levyä ja tilaisuutta nähdä bändi livenä.
Timo-Janne Kokko, 21.04.2003
Burning Point on suomalainen bändi josta ei hirveästi ole Suomessa kuultu. Debyyttilevy ei aikanaan sytyttänyt juuri millään tavalla, niinpä odotukset eivät olleet kovin korkealla kun tähän levyyn tartuin, mutta onneksi edes joskus tulee tälläkin alalla näitä positiivisia yllätyksiä. Levy ei todellakaan tarjoa mitään uutta, mutta mitä vitun väliä sillä sitten on? Biisit toimivat, ja vokalisti on parantanut lauluaan kuin sika juoksuaan sitten debyyttilevyn. Mutta tuntien suomalaisten tavan märistä ja vinkua siitä että tällaista musiikkia on tehty joskus ennenkin, ei bändi varmasti saa ansaitsemaansa huomiota Suomessa. Toivottavasti ulkomailla ollaan järkevämpiä...
Esa Orjatsalo, 14.04.2003
Burning Point on onnistunut kakkosalbumillaan mahtavasti. Mitään ei ole jätetty sattuman varaan ja sen kuulee nuotti nuotilta. Ei tarvitse ihmetellä yhtään, miksi Suomen maine voimametalliosastolla on maailmalla niinkin kova. Eikä tällaista kuunnellessa tarvitse hävetä. Feeding the Flames on soundien puolesta lähestulkoon täydellisesti onnistunut. Myös miksauksen puolella ollaan sopivassa suhteessa osattu asetella palikat kohdalleen. Ulkomaalaisiin kanssatekijöihin suurin pesäero tulee yleensä juuri edellä mainittujen asioiden kohdalla. Jotenkin meikäläinen materiaali saundaa ja potkii yleensä paremmin. Kappaleita ruotiessa Into the Fire ja Voice From the Past eivät voivat olla tarttumatta pääkoppaan. Jyhkeästi käytetyt koskettimet tuovat ilmettä enemmän kuin ensi kuulemalta tajuaakaan. Ja tämä siis positiivisessa mielessä. Slovarimpi I am the Silent One on kitarajuoksutuksiltaan mukavan kasarimainen ja mellevä sävellys. Takavuosien hevivaikutteita kuuluu muussakin materiaalissa ja mikäs niitä on kuunnellessa. Levyn loppupuolen Night Games ja Quicker than the Eye korostavat suoruudellaan levyn perimmäistä luonnetta. Instrumentaalibiisi Malmikivi taas esittelee eritoten kitarasektion Kyrö/Ahonen osaavuutta. Kokonaisuudessaan Feeding the Flames sattuu olemaan aitouden ja puhtaan voiman ylistyslaulu. Tällaista nykyheavymetallin pitää ollakin.
Jaakko Silvast 9/10
After the success of their first release SALVATION BY FIRE and a sensational tour of Finland Burning Point are back with their second disc FEEDING THE FLAMES. I have been listening to a lot of music lately but when I came across this new CD I knew right away that the band had released another winner. The unit of Jukka Kyro: guitar (National Napalm Syndicate), Jari Kaiponon: drums, Pete Ahonen: vocals and guitar and Toni Kansanoja: bass have crafted a disc which continues the sound that they produced on their first CD. Describing bands has never been my strong point. I either like em or I don’t and whether they are power, traditional, death, prog whatever doesn’t usually mater too much. But if I had to take a stab at describing the sound of Burning Point it would be powermetal influenced traditional metal.
Burning Point waste so time in kicking up the intensity with the opening track “Into the Fire”. I have heard people compare this bands sounds somewhat to fellow countrymen Children of Bodom. Myself I don’t hear it except for the very odd keyboard section that could fit in with the Bodom boys. “Veil of Secrecy” slows down the tempo but that doesn’t last for long as the following tune “Voices From the Past” brings the band back up to the speed where they seem most comfortable. Vocalist Pete Ahonen shines on “I Am The Silent One”. I wouldn’t call this song a ballad as its very powerful and its gives Ahonen the room to exercise his pipes which, though he has a decent range, he prefers to keep in the midranges with his raspy powerful delivery. FEEDING THE FLAMES is closed out with Burning Point’s version of an epic track by the name of “Feeding the Flames”. This is possibly the strongest track on the CD as everything that makes Burning Point a great band is found within this one song. Ahonen again shines but it is here that Ahonen and Kyro absolutely let their guitars run wild. One minute they are shredding like madmen then quickly change to slow emotional passages. If any song on the disc foreshadows the heights this band could reach it is “Feeding The Flames”.
I have to say that I was pretty impressed with this CD. There is a glut of powermetal bands now on the market, some good and some not so good. Burning Point are one of those bands that is flying under the radar and it’s a shame. They have 2 solid releases to their credit yet I am sure most metal fans have no idea who they are and that’s a shame. Hopefully FEEDING THE FLAMES will elevate this band to a position where more metalheads will get the opportunity to check them out.
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.
Jeez, here we go again. Finnish power metal. You know I’m a sucker for this stuff. I picked up FEEDING THE FLAMES as a total impulse buy at the local shop. Figuring that I couldn’t go very wrong with a Limb music release by a bunch of Finnish guys with a cover as cool as this, I took it home.
Wow, am I glad I picked this one up. This is more than your typical Finnish power metal album. Burning Point combines consideraable doses of both the speedy Euro power metal and ripping traditional metal that really stands out from other bands.
FEEDING THE FLAMES, the sophomore album by Burning Point, is quite an album in all respects. Whether the band is blazing full away in a melodic speed metal frenzy, or scaling back to a ballad that still has plenty of power, this is just a kick-ass release.
“Into the Fire” blows the album wide apart in a mere 3 minutes of high-energy speed metal. I mean, holy fuck. The speed is unreal, and the powerful chords behind the lead make a full, rich sound. Absolutely incredible. Moving along to “Blackened the Sun” (WTF?), we’ve got a strong traditional metal crunchy song sounding very much like Lost Horizon’s amazing debut. The solos here aren’t very long, but they’re focused. Throughout the album, the axework draws from both the traditional metal style as well as the neoclassical school. Speaking of Lost Horizon, I gotta mention the vocal power of Pete Ahonen. Ok, he’s not as mind-blowing as Daniel Heiman, Ahonen’s delivery really makes Burning Point stand out. His voice is strong and clean, but he is strongest around the mid-range with his emotional delivery. What’s even cooler is that not only is Pete holding down the vocals, but also the Changing gears a bit, we move to three slower to mid-paced songs, including the ultra-catchy “Voices from the Past,” and the slow “I Am the Silent One,” with a beautiful solo and a moving rhythm. After the symphonic intro to “Stray Bullet,” breaks away much like the first track on the album. No keyboard washes here; the synths are used as backing, and sparingly at that. The bass work on here is monstrous and thundering; in addition, we have some of the tightest rhythm/lead pairings on the album. I get a strong sense of early Hammerfall, or newer Gamma Ray on this one. The next song up is a cover, titled “Night Games.” I wasn’t able to find out who performed the original, but it is credited to Ed Hamilton. In any case, this is an interesting song, with a poppy-80s-ish sound to it. It’s catchy as hell, and the middle solo really stands out. As we near the last third of the album, FEEDING THE FLAMES is still holding strong to the consistency with which it started. Closing out are “All the Madness,” a semi-ballad in the late Savatage style (especially the chorus), and the album’s masterpiece, “Feeding the Flames.” This one track sums up everything about Burning Point’s music in one 8-minute track. Plenty of time and style changes keep this one interesting, including a surprisingly big epic choir that could have come straight from Rhapsody.
FEEDING THE FLAMES is not only well-written and masterfully-performed, but it also has the necessary elements to make it a fun and thoroughly enjoyable listen. I can highly recommend this one to all fans of traditional, neoclassical, and power metal.
Reviewer: Night of the Realm