Nonpoint – Generate

Nonpoint
Generate
1996 (no label)
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA

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

Side 1:

  1. Hurt in Vain
  2. Vast Fault
  3. Orgullo

Side 2:

  1. Yesterday
  2. Wake Up!!
  3. Stray

So the transition to nu metal from the thrash metal leanings of releases like Dementia… Into Reality, Depression ’94, Promotional Cassette, and  A New Breed of Anger is complete. The band also drops the “Factor” from their name. From what I can find online, it seems that they still had the Nonpoint Factor line-up. So at some time the band changed members and stopped being a “Christian band” (as a label for the band, at least – not a comment on the band members beliefs). I also don’t have the full cover scans for this, so I can’t verify who was in the band at this time. I did confirm from online that Kermit and Robb were in the band at this time. The new Nonpoint that formed after this one is still going, with several releases on national labels. If you are in to nu-metal, they do a great job of it here, so you can see why they were signed. There is also a possibly unreleased CD before this tape called Anger Through an Art Form.

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.

Nonpoint Factor – Dementia… Into Reality

Nonpoint Factor
Dementia… Into Reality
1992 (no label)
Bayamon, Puerto Rico, USA

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

Side 1:

  1. Dementia… into Reality
  2. Falling into Oblivion
  3. Me, Myself and I
  4. An Ill Impression

Side 2:

  1. Greed
  2. Lost Deep Within My Mind
  3. Based on a True Story

This seems to be the debut demo by Nonpoint Factor, shortly after Robb Rivera disbanded Order of Chaos (which was known as Sekel before that) and formed this band. It also appears to be their only demo recorded while the band was in Puerto Rico. Shortly after this they moved to Florida. The music here is thrash metal, heavily influenced by the Big Four thrash bands. They progressively got more nu-metal and modern after this tape (Depression ’94, Promotional Cassette, and A New Breed of Anger), before finally dropping the “Factor” from their name and fully embracing nu-metal in 1996 on Generate. I didn’t get to convert this one, so I am missing a full scan of the card. I also can’t find who played on this tape, so I went with my best guess above.

Missing Information: Full cover scans, confirmation of who played on this tape.

Nonpoint Factor – A New Breed of Anger

Nonpoint Factor
A New Breed of Anger
1995 (no label)
Plantation, Florida, USA

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

All words and lyrics by N.P.F.

  1. Inside
  2. Energy
  3. Conflict
  4. God of Destiny
  5. Strive
  6. What’s the Deal?

I have been trying to find Nonpoint Factor demos for a while, but most seem to be hard to get. That is kind of weird, since Nonpoint Factor turned into Nonpoint and had some considerable success as a rapcore band. Usually bands like that have all of their demo stuff dug up and shared online, but with Nonpoint Factor it is hit and miss. Robb Rivera started off in Sekel and then Order of Chaos before joining Nonpoint Factor. Nonpoint Factor released at least five demos, this being one of the later ones. The sound on this demo is aggressive thrash that is leaning towards the later nu metal/rapcore sounds of Nonpoint. It’s pretty good if you are into extreme stuff. Not sure what caused a Christian band to morph into a non-Christian rapcore band, but what we have on these demos is great stuff. Before this tape, they had Dementia… Into Reality in 1992 and Depression ’94. After this one they a promotional tape in 1995, and then changed names and released Generate in 1996.