Nonpoint Factor – Promotional Cassette

Nonpoint Factor
Promotional Cassette
1995 A.R.T. Records
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA

Kermit Rodriguez – Vocals
Sam Salinas – Guitars
Alexis Benitez – Bass
Robb Rivera – Drums

Side 1:

  1. Breeding Thoughts (rough mix)

Side 2:

  1. Whispers (rough mix)

This is a short two song promo cassette from Nonpoint Factor. These two songs have not be released elsewhere, so I guess they are songs from the band’s unreleased Anger Through an Art Form album? They had also released Depression ’94 and  A New Breed of Anger in 1995, but these songs are not on there. Too bad, because like their other releases, these songs are great. This tape sees the band transitioning more into 90s thrash metal and nu-metal than they were on 1992’s Dementia… Into Reality. Not too long after this tape, the band shortened their name to Nonpoint and released Generate in 1996.

Synapse – Sword of Truth

Synapse
Sword of Truth
1989 Antares Records (1002)
Long Beach, California, USA

Bryn Anderson – All electric, 6 & 12 string, lead, rhythm, and acoustic guitars

Dave Thomas – Lead vocals, backing vocals
Tony Horton – Bass, backing vocals
Tommy Gunn – Drums
Roland Quest – Backing vocals
Jason Rivera – Lyrics on all songs except * by Bryn Anderson

Side 1:

  1. Burning Bridges (*)
  2. You and Me
  3. Feel the Power
  4. Afterlaugh

Side 2:

  1. Live and Die
  2. Neonitrate (*)
  3. Reflections
  4. On My Way

I wasn’t sure what to make of this tape by the cover. There is a paper insert that says that this tape and CD were distributed by A.R.T. Records of Florida (home to Nonpoint Factor, Drop Dead, Dry Bones, etc). So I gave it a chance. It’s not really stylistically like any other band on A.R.T. Records – this is neo-classical European metal that appears to be a show case for the talents of Bryn Anderson. Just look at the description of the guitars he played on the album – its repetitive overkill, but that is what the tape said. Anderson was apparently a part of X-Sinner for a while later as well. Overall it is a good album, with just enough guitar shred to show off talent without going too far into sacrificing the songs for solos.