Nonpoint has been through a lot of trials and tribulations since it broke through in the musical gold rush of 2000. It’s seen changes in its label more than once. It has also seen lineup changes. A lesser band would have taken all of this and called it a career. But that’s not the case with Nonpoint. The members have collectively taken every punch thrown at the band and thrown those punches back with just as much force in every round. And now on its seventh full length major label release, Nonpoint has shown once again that while it’s taken its punches, it’s far from being knocked out.
The band’s new self-titled LP is being released on Razor&Tie. It was produced by famed producer, Johnny K (Disturbed, Finger Eleven, Staind, Megadeth, etc.). The album opens with a blatant statement (yes that pun was intended, for all the long time fans) that it’s still here and standing tall in ‘Lights, Camera, Action.’ Front man and founding member Elias Soriano sings on this album, “Forget about the rumors that you heard/Cause they exaggerated every single word/And you forget you ever heard ‘em/When you hear about the struggles and the burdens/And all the tabloids cover all your bad boy antics…/I’m looking for a change or a chain reaction.” There’s little room to guess what Soriano’s writing about here. Add in the guitar work of new member Dave Lizzo on guitar and this song will make any long time fan glad the band is back again.
Soriano continues that same energy on ‘I Said It.’ His own words best describe this piece. As he noted about the song in an interview, “It’s very aggressive and in-your-face.” He couldn’t be more right. He lets loose here singing, “I said it, I said it/I’m seeing that I said it/And I mean it/I don’t care, I don’t care and I don’t regret it…I’m not playing anymore/you started a war.” He also noted of the song, “We set the DNA of the record with that song.” That being the case, it’s one heck of a way to set the tone for the rest of the album. The energy from that song rings through every track on the album in its own way. And thanks to the work of Johnny K, he was able to really harness that energy and help the band assemble an album that’s one of its best yet in its now fifteen year career.
The band is currently touring in support of its upcoming self-titled release. It will be performing at The Note in West Chester, PA tonight and will follow up that show with shows in Hartford, CT and Worcester, MA tomorrow and Saturday. Fans can get a full tour lineup and all the latest news from the band online now at http://www.nonpoint.com, http://www.facebook.com/nonpointworld, http://twitter.com/nonpoint, http://www.youtube.com/nonpointworld, and http://www.myspace.com/nonpoint.
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