Nonpoint has always enjoyed giving their fans some variety and have been doing so since the release of their first album, Separate Yourself in late 1998.
Fast forward eighteen years later, and they're getting ready to release their 10th studio album! The Poison Red will be coming out on July 8, and thanks to their record label, Spinefarm Records, I got to do a review before its release!
They released the first single, "Generation Idiot" came out in May of this year, and left fans curious for more. The song empowers people to stop and think about the deeper meanings in communication and human connection. We live in a world where the internet rules us, and many think that phones and technology are what slowly is distancing the world. This song shakes the minds of people and gets them to stop and think while being very catchy.
At the risk of giving something away for this album, I'm going to refrain from talking about more than a couple songs. I'm not going to go into too much detail, but encourage you to check the album out for yourself. You don't have a long wait, only about two more weeks, so I'm hoping maybe this will simply just tide you over until then.
That being said, I think fans are going to enjoy this album a lot. It seems to cover a lot of topics, the music is borderline heavy, and very catchy. The lyrics are thought provoking, as well, so what's not to love?
With all albums though, some stood out more than others. For me, one of the tracks that stood out the most was, "Standing In The Flesh." My take on the song could be wrong, but it seemed to be about owning up to your mistakes and being present no matter what the curcumstances. Its your life, and nobody can live it for you, even when things aren't going fantastic. Its better for you to take control of your own life, rather than just ride along and let someone else assume and try to do it for you.
I also wanted to draw attention to "Rabbit Hole" and "Chasing White Rabbits." Both songs have an Alice In Wonderland feel to it, and "Rabbit Hole" was down right creepy. For only being about thirty seconds, it gave me a shiver -which says something. They're creative tracks that were just worth mentioning really.
Something else I wanted to bring up was actually not about the album at all. Instead its the way their front man, Elias Soriano talked about their music was something simply just beautiful. “Not everybody wants to go see a shrink and not everybody wants to sit around and wallow,” Soriano observes. “Our music can be therapy. It is what helps someone get through something. I attest all of our success to keeping three things important: the music, the show, and the fans.”
Music is immortal, and I have no doubt that if Nonpoint holds to that attitude and keeps their hearts in the music, they will be thought of for decades to come. Pre-order bundles for The Poison Red are still going on, but hurry! It comes out July 8, and then you will be able to find it in stores, but for now you can pre-order it through Nonpoint themselves, iTunes or Amazon.
Also keep in mind that you can catch Nonpoint live on tour starting on June 30 with Buckcherry and Failure Anthem, and after that with In This Moment until the middle of August. Head on over to their website to see all of the tour dates, and stay tuned for some awesome things from Nonpoint.
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