quickly after the release of “recoil”,nonpoint is ready to destroy again with “to the pain”.with lackluster sales of the last cd,nonpoint was removed from the lava records roster and signed on with beiler brothers, allowing for a more pummeling record-this is the fourth label in 4 albums.the album explodes all around with crazy frantic drumwork by big man robb.andys guitar riffs sear thru the cd and elias is heard screaming the way he always used to back in the “statement” days.kb,who now goes by b*****d,grumbles throughout the cd on the bass.they experiment alot with new styles, including lots of salsa with maracas,ska on “explain yourself”,a techno feel on the instrumental “rendishen”,lots of punk and hardcore feels on tracks like “explain myself” and “skin”.theres even some rap on “alive and kicking”,taking you back to when rapcore was hot and when nonpoint were cream of the crop.this album,although not commercially aimed for huge success shows nonpoint doing what they do best-avoidng the norm of rock music and creating a fierce cd with no strings attached.it just plain kicks some behind and then some.the production owns,everything is rock solid.if you dont get this album,you are missing one of the cds of the year.superb work
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This album is actually Nonpoint’s 4th (where does the time go?!!?) and most aggressive. Its also easily the most technical of them all, with many instrumentals and even more passionate, angry tracks. Crisp guitar, flowing basslines and 6-ways-from-Sunday drumming makes for an enjoyable listen. Nonpoint does not re-define the genre, but they do make the most of it.
Nonpoint tends to get overlooked in a mediocre sea of P.O.D, Seether, and Korn. So get this album, and crank it up!
Nonpoint! This is their best accomplishment yet! These four awesome rockers from Florida have outdone themselves with To The Pain. Every track smoothly flows into the next and I find the compositions intriguing and beautifully written. Definitely their own style. This album blows me away and it rocks. If you are tired of the whiney “my mommy doesn’t love me” stuff that’s around you will love the songs of Nonpoint. Elias Soriano has a way of writing lyrics from a man’s point of view that are vulnerable yet still keep a masculine and proud statement. They exude strength and ferocity which inspires you to take a stand instead of hiding in a corner. Buy It-Rock It this album is killer!
the best album they’ve done. simply put…AMAZING. they have stepped up their game big time. they have out done themselves with this one. this is a masterpiece. if you like in your face metal with intensity, melody, and emotion then this is what you want..accept it..korn is done, make way for nonpoint.
For the first two albums of their career, the hard working Florida quartet known as Nonpoint were a well above average nu-metal group. But then, frontman Elias Soriano grew tired of the “first in face nu-metal fury,” so his band cranked down the anger and upped the melody for last year’s “Recoil.” That album had stellar results, but, for whatever reason, Nonpoint decided to follow it up rather quickly, and release their fourth album, “To The Pain,” only about a year later. This album is more-or-less a return to Nonpoint’s crunchy, downtuned aggression of old.
“Bullet With A Name” is a very catchy song which was deservedly the album’s preceding lead single. It begins very ominously, with the foreboding sound of someone loading a clip into a gun. The beat kicks in soon thereafter, and the song is powered by a strong, churning riff. “The Wreckoning” has bobbing, swooping riffs, while Elias fittingly yells about a wrecking ball. Track six, “Buscandome,” has fast, almost blistering guitar work, and the next song, the title track, is mainly a lurching, stop-start rhythm with punching, grinding guitars. Lastly, “Skin” is a stutter-stepping rhythm with lumbering guitars, and “Code Red” has a very catchy, bobbing beat, with guitars that needle and poke.
“To The Pain” is a lot more consistently heavy than “Recoil”–in fact, this might be the band’s heaviest release to date. But, unfortunately, there is a downside to this. Even though the title track has a slow tempo change which features a light drum beat and singing, and track eight is an interlude with electronic sound effects to break up the monotony, this album is somewhat monochromatic and one-dimensional. It doesn’t have any of the interesting curveballs that its predecessor had, and Elias doesn’t get to show-off his good singing voice here, either. Therefore, “To The Pain” is not a step forward.
But I still recommend it to all Nonpoint fans, especially if you enjoy “Statement” and “Development.” And, since this record is consistently heavy, you shouldn’t have to hear it, first, to know if you’ll like it. If you like Nonpoint, or if you like Rage Against the Machine, Deftones, or 311, there should be nothing to prevent yuou from supporting one of modern rock’s most promising and hard working bands, and purchasing this C.D.