Nonpoint nation, rejoice. Your favorite band (and a personal favorite of this critic) is back. The band recently released its latest album The Poison Red via Spinefarm Records. The band’s tenth full-length studio offering, this record is one of the band’s best records to date. That is due in large part to the obvious growth exhibited in the album’s musical arrangements. The band has taken the heaviness for which it has come to be known throughout the years and incorporated it into fourteen songs that while stylistically similar to the band’s older works, still stand separate from those songs. The album’s opener and lead single ‘Generation Idiot is one of the songs that serves to exemplify this. Chasing White Rabbits’ serves to exemplify it just as much as does the defiant ‘Radio Chorus.’ All three songs show in their own right the musical and lyrical originality that has kept Nonpoint so respected for so long. That is not to discount any of the album’s other offerings. They do much the same as the songs more directly noted here. All things considered The Poison Red proves to be one of Nonpoint’s best efforts to date.
Nonpoint’s latest full-length studio recording The Poison Red is one of the bands best efforts to date. That is due to the fact that once again the band has taken its trademark heaviness and incorporated it into a whole new group of songs that stand on their own merits apart from the band’s previous albums. The album’s opener and lead single ‘Generation Idiot’ is one example of this. In terms of its musical arrangement it is most reminiscent (at least to this critic) to the songs featured in the band’s 2007 album Vengeance with its heavy, crunching metalcore style guitar line and equally sharp vocal delivery from front man Elias Soriano. Thankfully, though it doesn’t just repeat any of those songs. Rather, it just sounds like it would fit perfectly into that album. While the song’s musical arrangement expertly balances the band’s familiar heaviness with its own original approach, it is just one part of what makes the stand out. The song’s lyrical content makes the song stand out just as much as its musical arrangement. The song’s lyrical content is a social commentary centered on the current state of the world, or at least it comes across in such fashion. That can be inferred as Soriano sings, “Once upon a time people talked to people/People didn’t text/What’s coming next/Just fod and sex/Sleep, repeat/Food and sex/Follow me/3 simple steps/You want it so damn easy/Want it handed to you on a golden plate/While the state of the world goes Watergate/And generation idiot accumulates.” That is just a glance of what makes the song lyrically come across as a commentary. The song’s opening verse makes that even clearer as Soriano sings, “Crossing stars driving expensive cars/Planning out own parades/Champagne wishes, golden dishes/People lining up just to scream your name/People living up to a standard made/People giving up just to give the blame/To the same damn people that are giving up/I say the same to people that are living up/It’s safe to say I’m not giving it a second thought/Just to waste it on a pivotal moment that I’m giving up.” He goes on in the verse’s final line, singing “All back to back and then I’m packing up/Not looking for a handout/Gonna be out the door/And that’s how it’s gonna pan out.” Every line comes across as conveying a message about how self-centered the current generation has become. That is just this critic’s own take on these lines. So it is not meant to be taken as gospel. Regardless, the possibility of that message being there, coupled with the song’s musical arrangement shows clearly why the song stands out in whole. In turn, it serves in part to show why the album in whole stands out, too. It is just one of the songs that shows why The Poison Red stands out. ‘Chasing White Rabbits’ is another example of what makes The Poison Red stand out.
‘Generation Idiot’ is a clear example of what makes The Poison Red stand out. That is due to the combination of the song’s original musical arrangement and the seeming social commentary presented in the song’s lyrical content. While they serve to make the song stand on its own merits, it is just one of the songs, in whole, that serves to make The Poison Red stand out. ‘Chasing White Rabbits’ is another one of the album’s most standout compositions. The musical arrangement at the center of ‘Chasing White Rabbits’ is very much unlike anything that the band has ever composed before. That is because while it boasts the band’s familiar heaviness once again, the sharp edge for which the band has come to be known in its arrangements has been traded in here for a deeper, more melody-driven arrangement. The song’s lyrical content is just as ear-catching as its musical arrangement. In the song’s second verse, Soriano makes a powerful statement as he sings, “Why do we hassle with their castles/Their robes and golden tassels/When a hero isn’t measured by/The treasures that they hold/the heart is where we start/And courage is the end/A champion could be anyone/Enemy or friend.” Soriano goes on to make a slew of Alice in Wonderland references including references to the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire cat, and even the caterpillar. It is an interesting verse that is certain to leave listeners talking. When this is all set against the song’s lead verse and its chorus, the song’s lyrical content comes across to this critic as sending the message that not everything in life is always as it seems good or bad. This, again, is just this critic’s own take on the song’s lyrical content and should not be considered the only explanation. That aside, the ability of the song’s deep lyrical content to keep listeners thinking and talking, and the depth of the song’s musical arrangement work together to show why it stands out just as much as ‘Generation Idiot.’ The two songs together show even more clearly why The Poison Red is, again, one of Nonpoint’s best efforts to date. They are not the only songs that serve to show why the record stands out either. ‘Radio Chorus’ is one more example of what makes The Poison Red stand out.
‘Generation Idiot’ and ‘Chasing White Rabbits’ are both clear examples of what makes The Poison Red stand out as one of Nonpoint’s best albums yet. That is due to the combination of the songs’ musical arrangements and their lyrical content. Both elements will leave listeners thinking and talking long after they end. They are not the only songs included in the album’s body that will do this. ‘Radio Chorus’ with its familiar sharp-edged guitar line and equally sharp vocal delivery from Soriano takes listeners all the way back through the band’s extensive catalogue. Yet at the same time, it still stands on its own merits. The song’s lyrical content boasts just as much of a shard edge as its musical arrangement with its clearly defiant message. Soriano sings here, “This is what I am/Who I be/What I do and what I see/Is a person who sold their soul/Well that’s not me/Only thing I’m selling is what you see/This is going to be the type of conversation that person to person will personally affect you/Make impressions impossible to forget about/Get past/Or get us closer to a break through/Mask any emotions/Through motions of regretting you/Because all of the words/I never got to spit out.” Soriano goes on in the same fashion, delivering his verbal attack to all of the naysayers out there and critics. It is a powerful statement complimented quite well by an equally powerful musical arrangement. When both elements are coupled together, the end result is a composition that is one of the album’s highest points. When it is set against the rest of the album’s offerings, they come together to remind listeners, again, why The Poison Red is one of the band’s best records to date.
The Poison Red is one of Nonpoint’s best records to date, hands down. That is due to the combination of the lyrical depth presented in each of the album’s featured songs and the balance of old and new in the songs’ musical arrangements. Whether through the songs directly noted here or any of the album’s other offerings, the fact remains throughout that this record is one of Nonpoint’s best albums to date if not its best. It is available now in stores and online, and at the band’s live shows. More information on The Poison Red is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:
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