Lance Gawthrop, writer
Febuary 5, 2013
Nonpoint – straight to the point – Nonpoint has nonstop energy that resembles P.O.D.’s way of screaming and distorted guitar riffs with every head swaying – even grannies heads can be found rocking back and forth – at Ace of Spades in Sacramento.
The jam “Wake up the World” was kicking out with Elias Soriano on a platform growling lyrics from behind lengthy dreads. After Nonpoint blasted the track they could have walked off stage at that moment and called it a night, but Nonpoint’s front man Soriano, original drummer Robb Rivera, three new guitarists – Dave Lizzio and Rasheed on leads, and Adam Wolosyzen slapping the bass, wasn’t playing a one hit wonder leaving a bad taste in the back of a dry throat with dry rot. Instead, the newly developed group revealed that their band has great chemistry.
Soriano was able to bounce from the front of the stage to the side of the stage; while bellowing his god given grunts without ramming into Thomas or Lizzio. Wolosyzen was slamming bass chords in his own little bass land world without bumping into his mates either, and Rivera’s drumming is heaven sent for percussion heads.
Right before Nonpoint performed “That Day”, Soriano sang a break from Tupac’s “California Love” letting the audience know California knows how to party. Then, the remake with nearly 4 million views on YouTube, “Air Tonight”, was recognized by the crowd, but not nearly as identifiable as “Bullet with a Name on It”. The band was able to stop playing all of their instruments simultaneously as the mass sang the rest of the lyrics – totally awesome.