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Burning Point - 2007 Burned Down The Enemy

ARTIST: Burning Point
ALBUM: Burned Down The Enemy
LABEL: Metal Heaven
YEAR: 2007


LINEUP: Pete Ahonen - vocals, guitars, bass * Pekka Kolivuori - guitars * Jussi Ontero - keyboards * Jukka Jokikokko - bass * Jari Kaiponen - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Parasite * 02 Heart Of Gold * 03 Dawn Of The Ancient War * 04 Hell Awaits * 05 From The Beginning Of It All * 06 Icebound * 07 Deceiver * 08 Eye For An Eye * 09 To Hell And Back * 10 Against The Madness Of Time * 11 Burned Down The Enemy


WEBLINKS: www.brnpoint.com

Not to be confused with a German AOR band that we are also reviewing very shortly called Burn Point.. Instead, this lot are another in the many talented outfits coming out of Finland. Burning Point have been in operation since 1999, though with different lineups. They've even been signed to a prominent label in Limb Music Products (LMP), their 'Salvation By Fire' and 'Feeding The Flames' albums were released in 2001 and 2003. Guitarist Pete Ahonen was also a member of a side project called Ghost Machinery, an excellent outfit in their own right who have since broken up, but we did review their 2004 album 'Haunting Remains' back then. Pete is back with BP, and their latest effort will appeal to Euro metal merchants with a hankering for 80's style metal a la Accept, Manowar and Motorhead, plus of course 21st century contemporaries such as Altaria and Dionysus.

The Songs
The band have recruited a keyboard player Jussi Ontero to flesh out the sound, which was probably a good move as the idea of two guitars dominating the sound would have sunk this album I reckon. 'Parasite' (silly name yes!) kicks off in typical neo-classical metal style. In some places they sound like Manowar but only fleetingly so. When Burning Point turn on the sugar and spice, a track like 'Heart And Gold' is probably best representative of their more melodic moments. 'Hell Awaits' is an 80's speed demon affair, it borders on thrash but is too melodic to really compare to that genre. Swirling keyboards introduce the power-ballad 'From The Beginning Of It All', but from there it gets bogged down with a song-structure that is too samey - I lost interest very quickly. It needed to have variety, acoustic parts, spacious keys, but instead the guitars weigh it down. The best 'metal' track on offer is the quicksilver 'Deceiver', lots of chugging guitars, fast-tempo drums and neo classical keyboard parts. The part ballad 'Eye For An Eye' is good too, reminiscent of Swedish faves Seventh Wonder, mainly due to the interesting bass lines and use of chord structures. More helter-skelter stuff is evident on 'To Hell And Back' - seems like these guys are in a race against time!

In Summary
As I get older (and wiser..lol), this style of music is starting to lose its appeal. I don't hear a compelling reason to make me want to listen to this album that often - not that it isn't good, but I'm in a difference place musically. Whether 'Burned Down The Enemy' can hold its own as the year 2007 progresses remains to be seen. Despite being lumped into the melodic metal/power metal/neo-classical genres, the album has a variety of styles that metallers will mainly enjoy, less so the melodic hard rockers among you.

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