Hailing from Scranton, Pennsylvania, Threatpoint’s album R.I.P kicks you straight in the guts from the opening song, the punishing title track R.I.P. Vocally, Chris James has got a voice similar to Ivan Moody from Five Finger Death Punch and the bands sound also has that groove metal vibe to it, similar to their Las Vegas peers. The best way to describe Threatpoint is no-nonsense metal. The drums gallop along at a frantic pace whilst the guitars are crushingly heavy. The vocals are delivered with passion and aggression, much to my delight and the bass is tight.
I like it when a band breathes fire with their opening song and Threatpoint do that here. R.I.P is a straightforward face-melting blast of solid groove metal that features a catchy chorus. A very solid start to the album. ‘Deadend Machineland’ is another solid track, nice chorus and some great guitar, too. ‘Tombstones of my Enemies’ starts off with a brooding guitar then kicks on into familiar groove-metal territory. It is a song that reminds me a little of Chimera, which is no bad thing. ‘Thy Will Be Done’ is a punishingly heavy track that I can well imagine sounds intense and brutal in a live setting. ‘Light Bleeds Through the Black’ sees the bass guitar take centre stage a little with its rumbling intro. A spoken word verse is a welcome change in pace before the chugging chorus kicks in.
We are starting to get a real feel as to what Threatpoint are about by now. The band have a solid foundation of songs which are often bruising and brutal, though they do have their slightly softer moments also, both musically and vocally.
‘Bury the Wicked’ picks the pace up again, vocalist Chris James spitting venom through the verse, similarly with ‘Laugh Now, Cry Later’ – two solid metal tracks. ‘Writings on the Wall’ kind of reminded me of Amon Amarth, especially the chugging guitar riff and the vocal delivery of James leaning towards a more death-like growl. ‘One in the Chamber…One in the Chest’ is the albums shortest track and has some nice bass running through the verse. It’s a cool track and one of my favourites from the album. ‘Face Your Fear’ has a real old-school vibe to it, especially the chorus and ‘Angels with Broken Wings’ is again a little different with a catchy chorus featuring some cool backing vocals.
The album finishes with ‘Death Rides Again’. I always think the first and last songs on your record should be amongst your best. Leave the listener with a reason to come back, that’s what I think. ‘Death Rides Again’ has a little bit of a hardcore, Hatebreed vibe to it, with crowd chants during the chorus it’s a great way to finish the album.
All said, R.I.P has some slamming tunes on it, perfect pit-fodder and some nice variety, too. An impressive outing from Threatpoint.
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