Label: Razor & Tie
Release date: October 9, 2012
A revitalized Nonpoint returns this month with its seventh studio album. The fact that the album is self-titled is not surprising as it represents in many ways a rebirth for the band. Nonpoint is the first album to represent the band’s new line-up which includes founding members Elias Soriano (vocals) and Robb Rivera (drums); as well as new members, bassist Adam Woloszyn and guitarists Rasheed Thomas and Dave Lizzio.
The band wisely tapped producer Johnny K (Disturbed, Staind, Sevendust, Pop Evil, Machine Head) to helm this album, and as usual he gets the best Nonpoint has to offer on each track. Nothing is left behind.
Nonpoint finds the band at its most vital–full of impact, melody, aggressiveness, and energy. Right from the gritty opener, “Lights, Camera, Action” Nonpoint give the listeners a kick in the teeth. Something of a Disturbed feel here, with Soriano laying down his growling rap over crunchy guitars and a thundering rhythm section.
“The Way I See Things” sees the tempo slow ever so subtly. A prime example of Soriano’s ability to take a high energy track and swing it into a catchy chorus without giving up the track’s balls. There is a real undercurrent of anger on this record, and it flows through each track, but steps into the listener’s grill on “I Said It”: One of the album’s many hammering tracks. It feels like Soriano and Rivera are slamming the listener’s head into the wall repeatedly.
Old school groove rolls us into “Left For You” which is the album’s first single. Soriano is only four tracks in and he’s already taken listeners all over the place with his vocals.
Every song on this record mixes raw aggression with melodies so sticky they could all easily catch radio airplay. “International Crisis” continues that trend, but perhaps not as strongly as the previous songs. “Another Mistake” brings the tempo down a notch or two giving a much needed opportunity to breath, but it quickly gives way the hostility of “That Day”.
More groove comes by way of “Pandora’s Box” which is followed by the industrial tinged vibe of “Go Time”.
One of the album’s strongest tracks is the album closer, “Ashes”–a moody, roiling serpent that wraps around your soul and crushes the air from your chest. There is a sonic Middle Eastern fluidity that lends an intriguing atmosphere to the song.
For those wise enough to pick up the Best Buy version of the album, you’ll be treated to a few bonus tracks (two acoustic tracks and an alternate mix) and a live 45 minutes DVD of the band performing in Florida.
Nonpoint‘s self-titled seventh release is arguably the band’s strongest effort since 2000’s Statement, and is perhaps the band’s best overall record to date. Nonpoint is an aggression fueled onslaught, soaked in memorable melodies, that hits like a Chuck Norris beatdown.