BURNING POINT (Pete
Burning Point have
just released their new album, 'Empyre', via Metal Heaven and it is a real power
metal feast for the ears! The new album includes a few guest musicians including
the Rods David 'Rock' Feinstein and Q5 vocalist Jonathan K.
What are you currently up to?
We just held the listening party here in our hometown and the club was packed
with peoples, it was awesome! Also we did our first ever acoustic gig there too
and it was great also : )
We have a little
tour coming in March with a Cryonic Temple ( SWE ) and Tragedian ( DE) , few
gigs in Sweden and Finland at this point. Plans for more for sure, but all it
depends on the album sales, promotion & advertising in other countries. We are
also gathering the material for the new DVD, some new BP songs are also recorded
( for the next album ), I’ve been also busy recording the 2nd Ghost Machinery
album as well as my other bands Stargazery’s debut. So, lots to do but I love it!
Could you take us through the new album 'Empyre'
We started the recordings early ’08 and we did all the recordings in a few
different sessions. In between we performed few shows and changed the line-up
which both took us time from the studio but were very important to do.
This time, first
time in bands history, there were 4 guys composing the songs and to me
personally it was a huge deal, it took a lot of weight from my shoulders and I
didn’t have to “stress” so much for composing the new material. It was also a
very cool thing to sing other peoples songs (or the melodies) for the first time
and I think it brought much more variety to this record.
dealing with everyday life mixed with a little fiction. Also one the big points
with this album was that we basically did all by ourselves, only the mastering
was done in famous Finnvox Studios, engineering, recordings etc.and the final
mixing was done by Jussi (drummer ) and Jukka ( bassist ).
They both have years
and years of experience from working in the studios so; it was pretty easy to
decide who’ll do the mixing when we heard that the guy who mixed all our
previous albums wasn’t available. And to top it all, amazing artwork from Felipe
How did you hook-up with he various guest musicians you have on the cover
versions like the Rods David 'Rock' Feinstein?
I’ve always been a huge fan of Q5 and the vocals of Jonathan K so, when we
decided to do all these covers the first thing was that I wanted Jonathan to do
the vocals on the Q5 cover. I contacted him and send him the BP cd’s etc. and as
soon as he listened the cd’s and the basic tracks from the cover he said, I’m
very interested! And you know, one thing led to another and soon I realized I’ve
contacted all those amazing musicians and they all agreed to do guest
appearance! Now we’re good friends, especially with Jonathan and Majk Moti
The band have had a couple more line-up changes. What do you think the new
members have added to the band?
Well, you know line-up changes are not unusual and sometimes crucial things to
do in order to move forward. Now the band is definitively at its peak what comes
to the musicianship and I’m very happy that I’m surrounded with these amazing
players, also they all are very good friends of mine too! And as I said, first
time there are 4 members composing songs!
What have been the most memorable live shows form you and why?
There are lots of great shows I remember, but definitively one the great ones is
full packed Tavastia club in Helsinki where we performed at the Tuska Festival.
I must say that also this acoustic show that we did last Friday to the full club
in our hometown was one the gigs I’ll remember a long time : )
If given the chance which bands would you like to tour with and why?
This gets asked a lot and I always say that, basically everything goes :) Maybe
nice if it could be from the same genre of metal as we are, but otherwise…all is
ok hah hah
How did you get your first break into the music business? What piece of
advice would you pass onto budding musicians?
Well, we were fortunate in a way that we got our first record deal with our
first demo cd and we didn’t have to go through that long line of demo cd’s
before the contract. Advice hmmm … One of the paths that I’ve followed is that be
true to yourself and the music you’re doing, don’t follow the trends and do your
own stuff from the heart.
How do you view the current music scene? Have you seen an upswing in interest
over the past couple of years in metal and hard rock?
I think that the metal music in general is very, very popular all over the world
and If there is way in the future to control or stop the illegal downloading
there’s no end in sight for the metal music! But if the illegal downloading
can’t be stopped well, you know what happens…peoples, buy the albums :=)
What do you like doing with your spare time outside of music?
Music very big part of my life so, not so much anything else…watching movies, I
read books, play with our dogs, you know the usual hah hah
Message for your fans…
Thank you very much for your support and we hope you’ll love the new Empyre
album. Keep checking the websites for the latest news etc. and hopefully see you
March 2009 Jason Ritchie.
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