Nonpoint
Development


4.0
excellent

Review

by Magnus Altkula STAFF
January 4th, 2009 | 11 replies | 7,003 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A solid sophomore release from one of the best nu metal bands around

Nonpoint is:
Elias Soriano - vocals
Kenneth "KB" Charman - Bass guitar
Robb Rivera - Drums, Percussion
Andrew Goldman - Guitar

Nonpoint's first major release Statement was a very enjoyable nu metal album that created a little hype around Nonpoint and earned them some popularity in the nu metal scene. With "Development", Nonpoint tried to continue on that success. While not as great as its predecessor, Development is a solid sophomore effort by one of the greatest nu metal bands ever to grace the scene.

The first two songs of the album, titled "Development" and "Circles", kick in with nice, uptempo rhythms and great energy, with "Development" being quite aggressive, reminding Statement in that sense. Since Statement was an excellent nu metal record, the song marks a good start for Development. From the third track, named "Your Signs" (which was also a single), the album takes more of a melodic and calm approach, though. The songs become somewhat slower and while there are some exceptions, like "Excessive Reaction" and "Get Inside", that continue in the footsteps of Statement, most other tracks are calm, melodic, slower-paced and more focused on the lyrics/feel. Somewhat surprisingly, these songs do the job very well while also providing a nice balance between soft and heavy. This is also good in the sense that the listener doesn't quite know what to expect from the next song and so, will be interested throughout the duration of the album.

Musically, the band hasn't changed dramatically from the first album. One small change is that the riffs have become more high-pitched. Andrew hasn't changed his playing style, but the riffs are still more high-pitched and melodic than they were on Statement. What's also different here is that the bass isn't heard as well as it was on Statement. On that one it was prominent throughout the album, but in here, it's heard only momentarily in each song and basically vanishes into the overall sound. It is hard to say if that is a distinct con or a pro, because while it was very good on Statement, on Development, most songs don't suffer from the lack of it and the overall sound is still very solid. The pinnacle of bass on the album is the intro to "Your Signs", which is very nicely executed, creating a solid bridge that leads to the rest of the song. The drumming here is one of the things that hasn't changed a bit, though. Drums are still heard sufficiently, but they don't protrude the overall sound much. Robb's drumming is solid, but he never really shines on this album.

Elias' vocals have improved even a little further, but they were very solid already in the first place, so that can not be regarded as anything more than expected progression. The lyrical content is a bit more mature on Development that on Nonpoint's first releases, but it's still not one of Nonpoint's biggest weapons. Overall you can see improvement in both the lyrics and the vocals, but at the same time, neither are notable enough to really make a striking difference.

Now there has been a lot of talk and arguing over Nonpoint's Latin influence. The truth is that there actually is no Latin influence at all. Both guitarists are Americans and don't play Latin influenced riffs. The vocalist and the drummer (Elias and Rivera) are both from Puerto-Rico, but even they don't bring any specific Latin influences to the table. Robb's drumming is in typical nu metal fashion and the closest thing you get to a Latin influence is Elias' accent, which is natural. The only true Latin thing they do on purpose is usually one track on an album (but even that is absent on "Development") where Elias raps and screams in his native tongue. For example, these kind of tracks are "Rabia" on Recoil and "Orgullo" on Statement. But that one song on an album is not enough to call the band Latin influenced. With that said, "Development" hasn't got any Latin influences on it.

In general, Nonpoint is one of the best nu metal bands out there and Development is a very solid release by these guys. Boasting good guitar work, strong vocals and solid musicianship, Nonpoint's Development is one of the best nu metal albums to date and definitely worth checking out.

Recommended tracks:
Development
Excessive Reaction
Normal Days
Your Signs
My Own Sake



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Psychotruck
January 4th 2009



99 Comments


...spelling and grammar corrections, pl0x.



BallsToTheWall
January 4th 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Wow, this didn't have a review already? Regardless, great album. What Trucksaid, good review other than that. YOUR SIGNS...ARE POINTING TO NOWHERE. Neve ages.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
January 4th 2009



8221 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah I ran it through a spellcheck and made some corrections to the text, althouh my spellcheck kind of sucks. And I was surprised too when I saw this didn`t have a review already. Great album!

Digging: Metsatoll - Karjajuht

Wizard
January 4th 2009



18770 Comments


Nonpoint`s first major release "Statement" was very original and an enjoyable album that created a little hype around Nonpoint and earned them somewhat small popularity in the nu-metal scene.


Agreed. Glad to see some love for a misunderstood sub-genre.

So in general Nothingface is one of the best nu-metal bands out there and "Violence"


Fixed! Try that album on for size. Easily the best nu-metal album.

Overall, your content and descriptions are solid. However, I would try and stray away from writing reviews like your having a conversation with someone. You kind of write how you would talk if that makes sense.

Digging: Triptykon - Melana Chasmata

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
January 4th 2009



8221 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I belive, wizard, that under the conversation stuff you are thinking about the latin paragraph, am I right?This Message Edited On 01.04.09

Wizard
January 4th 2009



18770 Comments


Actually, kind of the whole review. It's like I'm reading someones conversation. Write like your being informative but not talking to one person, rather, a group of people. Read some of the other user reviews to get a good idea of what I'm talking about. I still gave you a vote though . This Message Edited On 01.04.09

Asiatic667
January 4th 2009



4647 Comments


Pretty good review. A bit of a trim here and there wouldn't hurt, but overall pretty informative, I'd never heard of this band before

withintention
January 4th 2009



297 Comments


this album bleeds mediocrity

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
January 5th 2009



8221 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dude have you even heard the album? This is definitely one of the best nu-metal albums

BallsToTheWall
January 5th 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

4 sure. I'll take Recoil as my favorite though. The guitar tone on that is heavy as hell.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
January 5th 2009



8221 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I believe Recoil is my favorite also. Although I quite enjoyed To The Pain too. They had a new developed sound on it which was great and heavy, just tiring on a longer listen.This Message Edited On 01.05.09



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