1. The Burning Point
2. Under The Dying Sun
3. Lake Of Fire
4. Fall Of Thy Kingdom
6. Black Star
7. Stealer Of Light
8. The One
9. Signs Of Danger
10. Salvation By Fire
BURNING POINT was founded in the Fall of 1999 in Oulu, Finland. After the
recordings of only one promotional CD, the band managed to get a record deal
with a well-known German based metal label, Limb Music (LMP), who released the
albums "Salvation By Fire" (2001) and "Feeding The Flames" (2003). Despite
massive legal problems which ended up in fights through lawyers and the loss of
their record deal, the band managed to get live slots on some big festivals such
as Tuska Metal Festival and Sweden Rock. In 2004 the band took a new, fifth
member to the band.
Jussi Ontero was chosen to take over the keyboards and the
the band went straight to the studio to record the single "To Hell And Back"
which was released only in Finland and Sweden by Poison Arrow Records. Between
the late 2004 and early 2006, two members of the original line-up went their own
ways. Jukka (guitars) continued his own band NNS and J?¶pe (bass) joined
Catamenia. In 2005 BURNING POINT recorded another promotional CD. It was brought
to the attention of Metal Heaven in Germany and they offered the band a record
deal. Spring 2006 the remaining members, Pete, Jussi & Jari started to
record the new album. In the middle of the sessions they asked one of their
long-time friends, Pekka Kolivuori to step in and fill the 2nd guitarists place.
The line-up was completed by the new bassist, Jukka Jokikokko (who also did the
engineering of the album in the HelGate studios) at the end of 2006.
Down The Enemy" (2007) marked the end of an era but also the beginning of
something new. The band played extensively nationally after the release of the
album, but they also made a quick visit to Romania's Maximum Rock Festival. In
the spring of 2008 BURNING POINT started the recordings of a new album, "Empyre"
at the HelGate studios. The band's line-up also changed as Jari stepped out of
the band to focus on his other band and Jussi took over the drums. Pasi Hiltula
(ex-Kalmah, ex-Eternal Tears of Sorrow), who also played on the first two
albums, was chosen to be the new keyboardist. Between the recording sessions the
band also did few chosen gigs like supporting ex-Skid Row vocalist Sebastian
Bach. Empyre is without a doubt "back to the roots" album and you'll
definitively hear a strong "80's vibe" on the album.
Naturally the cover songs
and the guests, which are inlcuded on the Limited Edition, just prove the point.
Running Wild's "Gods of Iron" (feat. Majk Moti, ex- Running Wild), The Rod's
"Nuclear Skies" (feat. David "Rock" Feinstein), Q5's "Let Go" (feat. Jonathan K)
and a cover song from one of the biggest artist in Finland, Kirka, "I'll Be
Yours" from Kirka's album R.O.C.K. (1986) features vocals by Taage (Kilpi &
ex-Altaria) and lead guitars by ex-Kirka guitarist Riku Kukkonen. The new album
also marks a big point on what comes to the songwriting.
Four members of the
band took part to the writing of the songs on the album, first time in the
band's history! The "top notch" production on the album is from the band's own
hands and the great mastering was done by Minerva Pappi at the famous Finnvox
Studios. The cover artist, Felipe Machado Franco, is also known from his artwork
to bands like Iced Earth, Blaze Bayley, Axel Rudi Pell etc. The plans for
touring in 2009 with Cryonic Temple (SWE) and Tragedian (DE) are already laid
and the dates will be announced soon.