|Melodic Power Metal
June 19th, 2012
Release length: 45:29
The Ignitor has a decent audio quality, though does have its problems. The music itself sounds pretty loud, though not to the point where it can hurt your ears at a low setting, or affect how heavy it is when you crank the volume. It also seems to have a slightly restrained feel despite many of the songs having some great energy behind everything. This isn’t too bad, but it does hurt the vocals that are unfortunately a little too low in the mix, though not entirely drowned out. This is not too detrimental to the full impact given. The keyboards can also come off like this, but the general higher pitch does help to establish them well enough to make an impact in a melodic sense. The guitars have a decent mid-level pitch to them that carries a nice heaviness to it. The bass really helps out with that, having a deeper sound that helps maintain the rhythm, standing out by how well it meshes in support of the album’s sleeker digital sound. The drums are pretty good as well thanks to the not-quite-dominating cymbal presence, and the tighter snares that have a bit of an echo to them. The bass kicks do stand out well, both with the lighter click and the volume level allowing them to pierce through the other instruments.
While there isn’t much that stands out in the recording quality, the music performed is often rather safe, but still largely enjoyable for what it is. Ignitor does start off with a good dose of energy amid faster tracks, but it quickly shifts to more traditional early Heavy Metal and Power Metal influence for the title track. The slower pace of “The Ignitor” carries an eighties Hard Rock vibe that ushers in both attitude, as well as plenty of catchy material to bang your head along to. The commanding performance with simpler material and infectious chorus instantly becomes memorable despite not being anything too unique. That atmospheric push is carried into “Silent Scream.” This ballad track is a lot softer and open for the main verses, while heading into the typical heavier chorus with emotional chords adding some real passion to the music. The main riffs benefit nicely from a strong bass performance that fills everything well while the lead guitars throw in some soft hooks here and there. While these are enjoyable and have a strong environment to them, they are far from the best the album has to offer.
The faster cuts really speak volumes for the band and their talent. “Eternal Flame” kicks things off, and is the perfect example. After a softer introduction, it builds up like something off a Judas Priest album (i.e. the song “Electric Eye”) right down to the higher falsettos, of which are not the greatest or the only time used on the release, and fuses it with some nice melodic hooks once things kicks in with faster, chugging chords backed by a slower drum performance. Unfortunately, like the aforementioned songs, these aren’t the most awe-inspiring ones you’ll find for the style, but you can really sense the energy in the final product. The same can said for “Heaven is Hell,” except it’s far more exciting to listen to with stronger hooks, and a keyboard presence that has a better overall impact. The solo is really impressive, and even the chorus is a lot catchier, as well as richer than “Eternal Flame,” and others. “Everdream” is another solid performance that hits the listener to the point where headbanging will occur, or at the very least a tapping of your foot along to the beat. This is followed up nicely with the “epic” Manowar styled “Lost Tribe,” a shorter Metal worship composition with an emotional and gritty eighties Hard Rock sound to the chorus and solo that is well worth experiencing.
Overall, The Ignitor isn’t the most stand out Melodic Power Metal offering, but then again Burning Point sadly never really was. But, one thing the group has almost always managed to do is weave an enjoyable album that still summed up what made the Power Metal style so great over the years, and did it well enough that they created a safe album you could come back to at any time. Aside the poor falsettos and the somewhat restrained audio quality, this album finds them doing it once more. Side stepping here and there into Hard Rock and even Heavy Metal territory, you can easily see the band continuing to grow. With a good selection of tracks you won’t soon walk away from, and a few exceptional ones that really stick out, there isn’t much of a reason to not give this one a go at some point.
01. Eternal Flame – 4:08
02. In the Fire’s of Myself – Made – 3:16
03. In the Night – 3:59
04. The Ignitor – 4:17
05. Silent Scream – 4:48
06. Heaven is Hell – 4:39
07. Loosing Sleep – 4:12
08. Demons Inside of You – 3:55
09. Everdream – 3:49
10. Lost Tribe – 3:54
11. Holier Than Thou – 4:32
|Overall Score: 7/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by Scarlet Records.