Nonpoint, My Ticket Home, Digital Collapse, Bare Knuckle Conflict, The Dark Beside Eli

It's one thing to be prolific. It's another thing to not only kick maximum ass with every album, but constantly challenge yourself and your audience in the process. In a modern rock landscape littered with lowest common denominator dreck, Nonpoint have risen above the pack with grace and thunder time and time again. And the seventh time's yet another charm for the Fort Lauderdale outfit, as latest full-length Miracle fuses searing hard rock brutality with disarming honesty and introspection.

Together since 1997, Nonpoint still boast three of their four original members: frontman Elias Soriano, bassist Ken 'BASTARD' MacMillan and drummer Robb Rivera. Axeman Zach Broderick makes an auspicious debut on Miracle, dropping ferocious leads at will to offset hammering rhythms and complement Soriano's distinctive narrative voice. (Quips the frontman, "We've been doing this for 10 years, so Zach joining the band was like that new pair of running shoes: they're nice and they're comfortable and they make you feel like you can run a mile longer than you used to be able to.") Most critically, the quartet enlisted longtime Mudvayne pals Chad Gray and Greg Tribbett to produce. Gray appears in the rollicking call-and-response showdown of the title track (the more-than-worthy first single), which recalls the intense propulsion of previous Nonpoint hits "Bullet With a Name" and "Rabia." Not only that, but he inspired Soriano to take album centerpiece "Frontlines"—an originally metaphoric slow-burner anchored by the refrain "on the frontlines, fighting for my life"—to an inspiring new level.

According to Soriano, "Chad said, 'You have family in the military—we all have friends and family in the military. I see these guys out there struggling and they don't get a lot of help when they come back home.' He painted this picture, then said 'Do you think you might wanna define it even more towards being an appreciative song for those soldiers who are dying for us every day?' and I thought, 'Absolutely.' It's the most evolved Nonpoint song we've ever written—some of the softest parts of my voice to the most aggressive parts, and some of the most intricate guitar lines to some of the simplest. And then the message puts the nail in the coffin."

From revelatory acoustic EP predecessor Cut the Cord to deluges of explosive new material and rousing covers of Pantera, Black Sabbath and Phil Collins—"In the Air Tonight" was a breakout hit from Michael Mann's Miami Vice—Nonpoint always seem to be a step ahead of the competition. The only bummer is that "Iron" Mike Tyson sorta reclaimed the latter with his memorable a cappella rendition in The Hangover. For his part, Soriano is magnanimous about the champ's version.

"I felt like 'Iron' was feeling it more than I was," he deadpans. "I never made anybody shut up for the drum fill part. Yeah… I'm gonna throw the baton over to Mike. I mean, come on—you know you feel it when you love it so much it causes you to perform acts of violence."

My Ticket Home

"To Create a Cure" out Jan 31, 2012 via Rise Records! PRE ORDER: http://www.mytickethome.merchnow.com/

Bare Knuckle Conflict

Bare Knuckle Conflict has been tearing up stages in the Midwest ever since late 2004. This high energy St. Louis area heavy and melodic metal band describes their sound as "in your face metal with a groove." BKC's intense live performances have drawn a hardcore following that continues to grow from venue to venue. All members of the band maintain a dedication and desire to promote their brand of metal far and wide. Creating a Bare Knuckle Conflict style through diverse backgrounds and influences allows for limitless potential. Recently signed to "Turkey Vulture Records" out of Brownsville Wisconsin. They are always working on new material and are currently recording their long awaited 2nd album. From the first single titled "Bare Knuckle Conflict" anyone with roots in heavy bands such as Tool, Machine Head, and Pantera can see why they attract such a loyal following.

The Dark Beside Eli

Conquer As They Come

With the current music scene producing a variety of feel and sound, Conquer As They Come holds their flag in representation for what music is truly about; the daily realities of angst and elation, with a translation sandblasted by ear capturing breakthroughs cross-sectioned with infectious melodic revelries. Coming together in the summer of 2011, this faction grew out of the demise of an existing group, to then join with the other half who were looking for a chance to stake their claim on a stage. At present day, the formidable pulse and surge of an undaunted and true hard rock machine is in the making.

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