THREATPOINT – ‘R.I.P.’ (4/5)

(Self-released)

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REVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

With two critically acclaimed studio albums already under their belts, it may have been seen as a tough ask for Pennsylvanian four-piece Threatpoint to top them with their third offering ‘R.I.P.’

However, it is safe to say that they have pulled it off successfully.

The sound throughout, from the opening title track to finale ‘Death Rides Again’, is abundant in intensity and aggression, with thrashy guitar riffs, pounding drum beats and roaring vocals a plenty, it seems that the band have tailor-made each song for the mosh pit.

As well as this, not one track sounds exactly the same, with each song having a unique feel to it.

The music is predominantly groove metal, but also crosses into other sub-genres of metal, ranging from power to death.

For example, ‘Bury The Wicked’ has a dark tone to it, but contains a melodic riff in the middle, whereas ‘Angels With Broken Wings’ features DramaScream vocalist Lauren Balogh, who compliments frontman Chris James with a vocal delivery that switches with ease from aggressive to melodic.

With all of this into the mix, as well as solid songwriting and lyrical themes dealing with life, struggle, hope and spirituality, it makes for a good album overall.

I find it hard to believe that Threatpoint have not yet been signed to a major record label, but hopefully ‘R.I.P.’ will get them some much deserved interest.

TOP TRACK: ‘Light Bleeds Through The Black’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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