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YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton groove metal band Threatpoint

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton groove metal band Threatpoint
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City: Scranton

Genre(s): Metal, heavy metal, hard rock

Years active: 2012-present

Sounds like: From day one, Threatpoint has defined themselves as “Electric City groove metal,” and they’ve lived up to that label ever since, whipping up mosh pits across the country with aggressive vocals, frantic riffs, pounding drums, and hooks that sink into your flesh and tear it straight off your bones.

Despite the chaos, the hostile yet positive lyrics are not only easy to understand, but great to sing along to with your fist held high, uniting any group of strangers into an angry army able to take on everyday pain and evil as only metal music can. Blending classic and modern metal influences, this is straightforward badassery and fun for those who proudly wear black and never fit in – and never wanted to, either.

For fans of: DevilDriver, Sepultura, Pantera, Testament, Exodus, Lamb of God, Coal Chamber, Hatebreed, Flotsam and Jetsam, Metal Church, Meshiaak, Hellyeah, Nonpoint, and Beyond Fallen

Number of albums/EPs released: Three (full-length albums “Dead to Rise” in 2013, “Careful What You Wish For” in 2014, and “R.I.P.” in 2016)

Latest album/EP: “R.I.P.,” released Oct. 28, 2016

Fun fact: The band has performed in 36 states and counting.

Online: Facebook, Twitter, ReverbNation, SoundCloud, YouTube, and

Upcoming shows:

Nov. 18: “R.I.P.” CD release party at The V-Spot (906 Providence Rd., Scranton) with Beyond Fallen, Silhouette Lies, and DramaScream, 9 p.m.

Nov. 26: Reaper’s Revenge Wrap Gala at Lyrics Music Venue (76 S. Main St., Carbondale) with Traverse the Abyss, The Haunting, Slapjaw, Biofeedback, Piece of Mind, Kelley K-one Michael, and Reaper’s Revenge Haunted Hayride performers, 5 p.m.

Listen to Threatpoint vocalist Chris James, drummer CJ Krukowski, and former bassist Eric Ross talk about the band and the Scranton Music Festival in Episode 34 on the NEPA Scene Podcast.

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