Emerging from the booming South Florida metal scene of the mid- to late '90s, Miami's Nonpoint traffic in a dynamic mix of styles incorporating elements of hard rock, rap, and alternative and nu metal. The group's neck-snapping riffs and groove-heavy flow found mainstream success in the early 2000s via chart-topping albums like Statement (2000), Development (2002), and Recoil (2004), the latter of which included a muscular rendering of Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight," which was featured in the 2006 film Miami Vice. The group maintained a respectable level of popularity over the ensuing years, pairing emotionally charged lyrics with uncompromising sonic heft, returning to the charts in 2010 with The Miracle. In 2018 the group issued its tenth studio effort, the aptly named X, celebrating two decades together.
Founded in Miami in 1997 by drummer Robb Rivera and vocalist Elias Soriano — the bilingual Soriano sings and raps in Spanish, although the vast majority of Nonpoint's lyrics are in English — the group released its debut album, Separate Yourself, independently. They moved to now defunct Jugular Records for 1999's Struggle, which caught the attention of MCA, who signed the band the following year. Their major-label debut, Statement, arrived in 2000, and cracked the Billboard 200 on the strength of the single "What a Day." Tours alongside contemporaries like Sevendust, Linkin Park, and Staind preceded the release of their next studio effort, the more streamlined and melodic Development, which yielded the singles "Your Signs" and "Circles," the latter of which appeared in the EA Sports video game Nascar Thunder 2003. They returned to the hard-hitting attack of prior outings on Recoil in 2004, a 13-track collection of raw power that included a hit cover of Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight."
Nonpoint signed on with producer Jason Bieler's Bieler Bros. Records for their next effort, 2005's To the Pain — the singles "Bullet with a Name" and "Alive and Kicking" were used in the pro wrestling game WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007. A concert LP, Live and Kicking, arrived the following year, with the studio LP Vengeance dropping in 2007. The band's sixth full-length effort, Miracle, was issued in 2010 via their own 954 Records, debuting at number 59 on the Billboard 200 chart and landing at number five on the Rock Albums chart. The Johnny K-produced eponymous Nonpoint, which was released through Razor & Tie in 2012, saw the band adding a dash of post-grunge to the mix. Arriving in 2014, The Return would be the group's highest-charting LP to date, debuting at number 38 on the Top 200. In early 2016 Nonpoint released the single "Generation Idiot" in anticipation of their ninth studio long-player, The Poison Red, which dropped later that summer — it debuted at number two on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart and number seven on the Alternative and Top Rock Albums charts. Two years later they released the punishing X, which coincided with their 20th anniversary as a band. ~ James Christopher Monger