Nonpoint lead singer Elias Soriano is just looking for new ways to tell stories, one hard-rocking riff at a time.
The Miami-based metal act, which formed in 1997, has popular acclaim for its ability to blend hard-driving rock arrangements with dark lyrics. Mr. Soriano said the secret of the band's continued success stems from an understanding that fans won't accept anything that's not completely authentic.
"You have to be as honest as you can, both with the process and understanding what you do for a living," he said in a recent telephone interview. "For me, the quality and music comes from being a good storyteller, a magnifying glass for emotion. I think that when people can do that, and be specific about it, it becomes the key for art."
The band first found success with a hard-driving sound that evoked classic metal acts such as Black Sabbath. A second album found the band softening its sound some, much to the chagrin of fans. Mr. Soriano said there was nothing calculated about the move. Each album, he explained, is a snapshot of the band at a particular time and represents an organic evolution.
"We take chances and hope for the best," he said. "Luckily, we are part of a camp that, even if they aren't 100 percent positive that it's the right thing to do, they are behind us 100 percent. I mean, when we released that first album, we were angst-ridden guys in our 20s. As we changed, so did the sound."
The band, which garnered some success with the single Bullet With a Name and the cover of the Phil Collins tune In the Air Tonight , which appeared on the Miami Vice soundtrack, certainly looks at record sales and fan response, but Mr. Soriano said the ultimate gauge for artistic excellence involves the feelings shared within the band.
"I mean, this isn't just my baby," he said. "I do look to the other parents. When I look at the other three members of this band and they think something is amazing, well, that drives me. That, as far as I'm concerned, is the real stuff."
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Click here to listen to Nonpoint perform the song 'Vengance'.
WHAT: Nonpoint, with Skindred, Karnivool and Ankla
WHERE: The Mission, 1157 Broad St.; (706) 722-1233