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Nonpoint Live Show Review Webster Theater September 7, 2018

  Nonpoint Live Show Review

Webster Theater

September 7, 2018

By Nina McCarthy, Sr. Music Journalist

Boston Rock Radio

 

 

 

Nonpoint knows how to put on an unforgettably aggressive show!  I’ve seen them live several times, and Friday September 7, 2018 at Webster Theater in Hartford, Connecticut was no different.  The crowd was not as immense as it usually is, but with contenders Breaking Benjamin with Five Finger Death Punch and also Stone Sour all being in the area, it was still colossal.  The die hards were there along with some new recruits and that’s what the band loves to see.  The best part for me was seeing friends (from NY, MA, RI, and CT) again that I had met three years ago at the same venue.

 

I missed a couple early opening local bands (Residual Self and Eden Will Burn) on the second stage (Underground) due to waiting for a ticket and a photo pass for my accompanying photographer.  This sadly happens more often than not with the guest lists from national bands at venues that have no re-entry.  I did, however, catch some of Vision Within tearing up the Underground stage while I had a drink to get ready for what was ahead.

 

Once the doors opened for the mainstage, the hordes rushed in to claim their spots up front.  Local Hartford area hard rock/metal 4 piece In The Red set in motion the bashing of the stage, and the of  beating of our necks. This is a band I am very familiar with, as they open for many of the big shows in the area.   and I have covered them in the past. ITR put their all into the short set they were allotted by running down five of their seven songs off their April 2018 released album, “New World,” “Complicated,” “Insider,” “Broken Kingdom,” and “Given In.”  ITR is the perfect mix of heartfelt melodies with the screams of heavy metal, it doesn’t get much better than that.

 

Next up were also a Connecticut favorite, Soldiers of Solace, who have opened for Nonpoint on this stage three times now.  Like In The Red, I also met them their first time doing so and became a huge supporter.  Signed to German Record Label, “Rock N’ Growl,” these five guys know how to let their adrenaline flow onstage.  Not only do they get you moving, but their lyrics, although they may sound angry at times, always send an affirmative message about it NOW being the time to do positive things in life.  SOS gave it their all, even though the frontman Jason Longo had fallen off a riser about a week ago and hurt his back and guitarist, Luis, had a concussion the day before at work.  There is no doubt that Soldiers of Solace gained some new fans this night and this is a group of great guys that live to meet their fans.

 

Letters from The Fire were supporting Nonpoint on this tour.  They are what they call “Future Rock,” which is a mix of “unique nineties-style rock songcraft with a modern punchiness” that also had a touch of punk along with some metal screams. Frontwoman, Nina Berman visually reminded of a cross between Pink and Justin Bieber..  Along with her 4 male band members, this quintet screamed sexiness and the lyrics were a little risque.  This was my first time seeing this San Francisco Bay band and I would suggest giving them a listen and check them out on this tour.

 

He Is Legend, a rock band out of Wilmington, NC, who was also along for the wild ride on this tour, were next.  If you were at Carolina Rebellion, ShipRocked, or Welcome To Rockville, you may have seen these guys.  It was my first time seeing them and I enjoyed their set.  Frontman Schuylar was fun to watch with his hair whipping around and his vocals were visually aesthetic, matched by the energy of his band with Adam Tanbouz on guitar, Matty Williams on bass, and Jesse Shelley on drums.  I’d personally like to check them out more when I get the chance.  Too be honest, it was really hot in the venue and I started to not feel well which distracted me from giving these guys the full attention they deserved from me.  I will make it a point to see them again in the future.

 

 

Despite how I was feeling, there was no way I was going to leave before Nonpoint.  I’m usually right up front and center, especially since I’m barely 5’1”, but this time I found a seat with the photographers’ gear and was interested to see the show from a different angle.  Everyone was eager to hear what new songs we’d hear live for the first time since the release of their tenth studio album titled X and pronounced “Ten” on August 24 via Spinefarm Records.  This album has been given rave reviews and many, including drummer drummer Robb Rivera himself, that this may be the best one yet!  No time was wasted as Elias Soriano broke right into the lyrics “I won’t let you die off like a suicidal battery...” and we knew “Empty Batteries” was finally coming to life before our eyes.  After the new song the boys took us back to 2005 with “Buscandome,” Spanish for “looking for me.”  We were treated to some old favorites and at last got to hear “Wheel Against Will,” “Dodge Your Destiny,” “Chaos and Earthquakes,” and “Fix This” all off of X.  It’s always a thrill to hear Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” covered by Nonpoint, as their version, in my opinion, is even better than the original, especially with Robb banging on those drums.  Speaking of Robb, his playing was amazing as always, but he seemed to jump off his kit and jump around a little less than usual, most likely from back pain that he unfortunately suffers from.  Guitarists Rasheed Thomas and BC Kochmit along with Adam Woloszyn on bass accompanied Elias and Robb in destroying what was left of the stage.  Their Facebook page describes their genre as “energetic, kick in the dick, hard hitting ” and I couldn’t have come up with a truer description if I tried.  This is exactly what you get when you attend a Nonpoint show.  The encore was “What a Day” and that’s the perfect song to go away still singing while you’re still on a high from the show (or perhaps a little something else this crowd).  Nonpoint has been going strong for over 20 years since their inception in Florida.  If you haven’t seen a live Nonpoint show yet (or any of these bands for that matter) than crawl out from your cave and get to a local venue ASAP!  Just prepare yourself for the next day’s bangover...neck brace and ibuprofen may be necessary.

 

All the bands stuck around for photo opportunities and merch signing.  I headed out early and didn't get my usual photos with the guys, but was rewarded with a hug by BC as I was walking to my car.  Bands that appreciate their fans deserve our recognition.

 

 

Full photo albums by Michael LaFleche at links below:

https://www.chillcat.studio/Bands/In-The-Red

https://www.chillcat.studio/Bands/Soldiers-of-Solace/

https://www.chillcat.studio/Bands/Letters-From-The-Fire

https://www.chillcat.studio/Bands/He-Is-Legend

https://www.chillcat.studio/Bands/Nonpoint

 

Setlist:

Batteries

Buscandome

Endure

Circles

Wheel

Broken Bones

El Diablo

Breaking Skin

Destiny

Chaos and Earthquakes

Fix This

Bullet

In the Air

What a Day

 

Remaining Tour Dates:
Tue, Sep 11 NYC The Gramercy Theater
Wed, Sep 12 Watertown, NY Exhibition Hall
Fri, Sep 14 Syracuse, NY Lost Horizon
Sat, Sep 15 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
Sun, Sep 16 Easton, PA One Center Square
Tue, Sep 18 Charlotte, NC The Underground
Wed Sep 19 Nashville, TN The Cowan
Thur Sept 20 Harrison, OH Blue Note
Fri Sep 21 Detroit, MI, Diesel Theatre
Sat Sept 22 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge

 

© Boston Rock Radio 2018

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