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Formed in Miami in 1997, Nonpoint is an alternative metal/rap-metal foursome that consists of vocalist Elias Soriano, drummer Robb Rivera, guitarist Andrew Goldman, and bassist KB. Occasionally, the bilingual Soriano (a native of New Jersey) sings and raps in Spanish, although the vast majority of Nonpoint's lyrics are in English. Goldman and KB, meanwhile, are ex-members of a South Florida band called Fuse. (The name Nonpoint is derived from Nonpoint Factor, the name of an outfit that the New York-born Rivera led in Puerto Rico before moving to South Florida.)
Nonpoint's first album, Separate Yourself, was released independently in 1997 and was followed by 1999's Struggle on Jugular and 2000's Statement on MCA. After several tours with artists like Sevendust, Linkin Park, and Staind, the band stepped back into the studio and returned in the summer of 2002 with Development. Nonpoint spent the following year touring extensively, most notably making an appearance at Ozzfest. They released Recoil in 2004, a 13-track collection of streamlined power that included a cover of Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight."