Released: 2014, Metal Blade
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Going into this album, I was not sure what I was expecting. Having never heard the band before I went in with a clean slate and came out with a surprisingly good vibe.
Nonpoint is a band that has been around since 1997 and has gained a fair share of popularity since then, even charting at a good rate in the United States. This album continues along that trend and continues along what was laid down by their last album.
Many people who are expecting the sounds of their earlier work may be shocked to know that most of that sound is not on this album. Although there are brief moments on songs where their nu-metal influences come through, it is not something that dominates their eighth studio album
One of the bigger stand out on the album is Breaking Skin. After hearing this track, it’s obvious to see why this was considered the single as it has catchy hooks and doesn't overstay its welcome.
In fact, there’s no song on this album that does so, with no track being more than four and a half minutes. I say this as a good thing because some tracks tend to either blend together with a similar sound. Although, it is a relief to have a song such as Take Apart the World come on for a change of pace, solely for the fact it has a different intro, breaking up the similar sounding songs.
When it comes to this, the only band member that truly stands out is vocalist Elias Soriano. His performance is top notch on the album, while everyone else seems to be comfortable with staying within a “safe comfort zone” for performances. Not to say the others don’t pull their weight, it’s that the vocalist shines compared to the other members. But I found it to be worthwhile as it made me want to list to the lyrics.
Speaking of which, the one thing I noticed on repeated listens of this album is how repetitive the chorus can be for many of the songs. On one hand, it shows a somewhat lazy lyrical approach, but it’s a tactic that works, as I felt myself knowing what the chorus was when it came up again.
If you are a fan of their previous work, you will enjoy this release as it continues the same catchy-ness that previous albums has done while stripping away most (if not all) of the nu-metal sound and being more akin to a modern hard rock/heavy metal band.