Burning Point - The Ignitor (Scarlet Records)

Workaday power metal from Finland that could be so much more appealing...
Release Date: 
19 Jun 2012 (All day)

 

There’s no point slating bands like Burning Point. There are enough cardigan-wearing hipsters outside of our community queuing up to take the mickey out of heavy metal without us turning on our own, and the fact that the band has been doing this in one form or another for the best part of fifteen years deserves some kudos surely; But you have to ask – what really is the point? Barring a catastrophe of titanic proportions whereby the top thirty power metal bands in Europe are killed by a freak tornado at a Finnish festival this summer, Burning Point are unlikely to get any bigger than they already are (which, outside of their native Finland isn’t that big at all). So why bother persevering?

It’s a question worth posing. The Ignitor is a solid album – indeed if it was the first power metal album you’d ever heard, you’d be swept up in the controlled mayhem of it all and you’d probably be on the bus into town now to get yourself sorted with a denim cutoff from that stall on the market. But as it’s likely that’s not the case, you’ll be expecting me to find reasons to make you shell out for this, the bands fourth full-length album – and in all conscience that’s not something I’m able to do.

It’s not for want of trying. In the Night is a nice piece of melodic metal, featuring some nicely harmonious vocalizing from the band’s prime mover Pete Ahonen, whilst Heaven Is Hell (and these clichéd song titles should give you some indication of the levels of inspiration we’re dealing with here) is a good enough slab of balls out power metal to get the juices flowing. But, in 2012 we want our power metal bigger, ballsier and more over the top than ever, and Burning Point just can’t live with the big boys of the genre in this respect. Loosing (sic) Sleep is the album’s standout track, if only because it is downright more pompous, more flamboyant and gloriously bombastic than anything else on the album, bringing to mind the halcyon days of Crimson Glory in the process. So maybe there’s hope for this band if they concentrate on the more stately, anthemic side of their songwriting? An album full of quality songs of the calibre of Loosing Sleep would really be something worth getting hold of – over to you boys.