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Even though the Nonpoint sound is far from unique, it is still expressive and delivered with passion.

Nonpoint emerged from the burgeoning South Florida Metal scene in 1997, formed by drummer Robb Rivera and vocalist Elias Soriano. In recent years there have been a number of changes in personnel and the line-up now also includes B.C. Kochmit (lead guitar), Rasheed Thomas (guitar) and Adam Woloszyn (bass). Though they have been around for twenty years, with 'The Poison Red' being their ninth album (and their debut for Spinefarm), this is my first encounter with the band but certainly not my last.

The musical style is a Modern Rock/Nu-Metal hybrid with melody at its core. There are guitar solos in a number of songs, strengthening the Rock element, and though there is a definite edge to Soriano's vocals, they are clean throughout and on occasion border on AOR (parts of 'El Diablo'), suiting the nature of the material perfectly. Lyrically, Nonpoint tackle social, political and personal issues, highlighting an intelligence and awareness that, coupled with the power of the music, makes everything impact just a little more.

Opener 'Generation Idiot' has a Rap-like verse nestling comfortably alongside chugging riffs and an instant chorus, whilst 'Foaming At The Mouth' takes a more straight forward approach; the hook grabs hold and will not let go and there is another important message to impart. 'Chasing White Rabbits' borrows from 'Alice In Wonderland' to describe the futility and despair involved in chasing impossible dreams and is followed by 'Standing In The Flesh', a monster of a song with some big riffs and a cool guitar solo.

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The album contains twelve proper songs and a couple of intro pieces. There are no ballads but there are enough changes in mood and different intensity levels to imbue the material with enough identity to keep the interest levels high alongside a mix that is nicely "in-your-face" with the guitars featuring prominently. Unfortunately, my copy was just a promo meaning there was no lyric booklet to further admire the Nonpoint conscientious and thoughtful approach to song-writing.

If I had to make comparisons I'd reference Rage Against The Machine and Stone Sour and even though the Nonpoint sound is far from unique, it is still expressive and delivered with passion. They have appeared at several major festivals, including Rock On The Range and Australia's Soundwave, and if they schedule any dates in the UK I'll see you down the front.

Dave Bott

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