Oulu-based Planet Caravan was formed in 1997. Pete Ahonen and Jukka Kyrö recorded a 4-track demo with several guest musicians in 1999.
Jukka Kyrö was present on the band’s first two albums. Bassist Jukka Jokikokko was added simultaneous to the release of Burned Down The Enemy. Metal Heaven Records in Europe and Soundholic in Japan issued the album. Drummer Jari Kaiponen left the band in the middle of 2008 to focus on National Napalm Syndicate whose album, Devolution Of The Species, was due in September. His replacement happened to be the band’s keyboardist Jussi Ontero. The band’s ’s fourth album, Empyre, was out in December, 2008 through Metal Heaven. The album featured new songs rerecordings and several cover versions. In 2012, Finland’s Burning Point signed a deal with Scarlet Records. The band's newest album, The Ignitor, was released later in that the year. In 2014, The group recruited singer Nitte Vänskä (ex-Battle Beast) and keyboardist Jarkko Väisänen.
BURNING POINT - SALVATION BY FIRE - MASTERROX/LIMB
The biography's mention of a guest keyboardist would have been enough grounds to condemn the band to the dustbin of history. In actual fact Oulu, Finland's Burning Point is a decent heavy metal band. The offending keyboardist takes a very low key approach and the quartet go about their business like men displaying influences such as Iron Maiden, Helloween and Nevermore. The threatened (as per bio and band name) Black Sabbath influences never materialize and while guitarist Ahonen is influenced by Malmsteen his playing is much heftier and more metallic than the Swedish disappointment. Burning Point has shot a video for Fall Of Thy Kingdom and is in studio recording at the time of writing so we can be certain of hearing more from the band in the future. Look for them.