NONPOINT have released their eighth studio album, "The Return", this week via Metal Blade Records (excluding North America). "Breaking Skin", the brand new Justin Reich directed video, is streaming now at metalblade.com/nonpoint. Vocalist Elias Soriano explains the meaning behind the first song: "It's about addiction, whether it be food, drugs, sex, lying, or anything, that tends to turn into an itch. You can't stop scratching it so you break skin. Then, you're bleeding. You need to get help at that point and deal with it."
After 17 years in the game, the Florida
quintet sustains the same energy that sparked its foundation back in 1997. The
riffs crack with intensity, the bass and drums forge an unmatched groove, and
the vocals rapidly recount stories of pain and perseverance. "The
Return" remains as raw, ripping, and real as these musicians - Elias
Soriano [vocals], Robb Rivera [drums], Rasheed Thomas [guitar], Adam Woloszyn
[bass], and B.C. Kochmit [guitar] - get.
In February 2014,
NONPOINT entered Groovemaster Studios with Grammy Award-nominated
producer Johnny K (Disturbed, Staind, Megadeth) and engineer Daniel Salcidoto.
It marked their second collaboration together, and this time, the band had
already amassed an arsenal of tight and tough material. Vocalist Elias Soriano
elaborates: "I wanted to play with vocal patterns and tell longer stories in
some places, while saying very little in others. The record has its own DNA
because each song respectively does as well." Drummer Robb Rivera goes on,
"Johnny is like the sixth member of our band at this point! He works us, and
he pulls no punches. It was such a natural thing that we only needed to track
for three weeks. Johnny understands the band and what we are, and he encourages
us to be ourselves."
A vital energy has coursed through
NONPOINT's music since day one. As a result, they've sold over 800,000
albums in North America alone, yielding hits including "What A Day",
"Bullet With A Name", and a cover of Phil Collins' "In The Air
Tonight" - which appeared in Miami Vice. They've also crisscrossed the
country with everybody from Stone Sour, Disturbed, and Papa Roach to Sevendust,
All That Remains, and Device, also appearing at festivals including OZZfest,
Rock on the Range, and Summerfest.
Ultimately, NONPOINT once again
delivers a cohesive collection of powerful songs. "I want everybody to feel
like they got a complete record from beginning to end," concludes Elias.
"I want them to walk away with something substantial and true that they can
hopefully come back to."
Robb leaves off, "Nonpoint has always
been known for writing songs that help people. If we can help even one person
feel better about his or her day, we've done well, as far as I'm concerned. I
hope everybody gets something positive and can walk away with a smile." Then
they'll return for more!