I discovered Threatpoint a few weeks ago by chance. I received an email from my friends at Rogue PR with my interview template filled out by the members of Threatpoint. After digging into the band, reading the interview and listening to some of their songs I knew I wanted to pick up their new album when it dropped. And Salvation did not disappoint. Threatpoint is back again, this time with an album aimed at the heart of thrash metal fans.
In my interview with Threatpoint, they said Salvation was “a return to childhood thrash metal and classic bands”. This statement sums up the album well. It is predominantly thrash metal, splashed with some tender moments. As with any good (thrash) metal album, Salvation is dotted with brilliant guitar work, drumming that will blow out your speakers and vocals that are catchy enough to lodge themselves inside your head for hours.
Salvation is fairly accessible. There isn’t any screaming or overly heavy songs. There is a lot of double bass and textured guitar work, but that’s to be expected from a metal band. If you want to experiment with metal, or need some good tunes for your work out, Threatpoint is a good band to try out.
There aren’t any “slow” songs on this record, which is a problem. As I discussed in my review of Overkill’s latest album, the songs bleed together because they all sound similar. Threatpoint varies their songs enough so they don’t blend together outright, but the lines between songs do get blurry. This is bittersweet because Salvation has twelve good metal tracks. There are moments that are softer and times where the band slows the song down just to ramp things up again with a killer solo. However, there is more or less one type of song. Even though this type is fun to listen to, it becomes boring after hearing it for an hour.
Songs Worth Investigating
The opening song, “Save Your Apologies for God” is a great place to start. It doesn’t let up or lose intensity for the entire run time. “I Am” is a good track that shows the band’s dynamic side. They mix up both fast and slow tempos alongside some neat piano work.
…And To Conclude
Salvation is a dimly lit, throaty explosion that ripples across the spectrum. Some songs rage with fury and others are flaked with tender moments. However, at the end of the day, this album was built for metal heads, especially if you’re a fan of thrash.