Threatpoint is a Thrash/Groove Metal band based out of Scranton, Pennsylvania formed March 4, 2012 from the demise of their other bands. Chris James (vocals/guitar), Alex Olivetti (guitars/backing vocals), Sam Young ( bass/backing vocals) & CJ Krukowski (drums) sat down at a diner to layout the plans of what was to become Threatpoint.
Fast forward 2018, ( currently in studio recording album #4) also with three other full length albums, an acoustic disc and hundreds of shows coast to coast in the United States, Threatpoint vows to not be taken lightly. Delivering a high energy show every single night they hit the stage. Threatpoint is a must see for any metalhead.
Tastefully drawing from a diverse spectrum of influences, all of the members have strong writing skills and creative input. You will hear remnants of Classic Rock, Power Metal, Thrash Metal and straight up Hard Rock. On an occasion you can find a sprinkle of Death Metal and European influence within their musical smorgasbord.
IPM: What inspired you to write music like you do?
I don’t remember the exact band I heard, but some of my early gateways into the rock/metal genre were hearing bands on the radio, the big ones at the time were Metallica and Nirvana and also playing the Twisted Metal video games for Playstation since Rob Zombie and White Zombie songs were used in the soundtrack to some of the games in the series.
IPM: Tell us about the other members of the band, and of your chemistry.
It’s hard to explain but when you get the right group of people who are on the same page it just clicks. CJ, Sam and myself were in a band together prior to Threatpoint so we had that camaraderie already built. We all get along really well and have similar music tastes. We talk and hang out outside of the band as well. Having that bond and friendship makes it easier to tour and work together.
IPM: What are or were some of the challenges for you in producing or performing while keeping true to your vision of your music?
Some of our music has some intricate parts, trying to maintain high energy on stage and not messing up sometimes can be difficult. In terms of writing songs, we all get writers block sometimes or have songs that at the end of the day just aren’t that great. We’ve written many songs we were all stoked on at first and then listen to back a day or two later and wonder what we were thinking.
IPM: Tell us about some of your recent shows.
We had quite a few good shows recently. One that sticks out is Smitefest, a music festival a few hours south of us. It was held in a ballroom/conference hall in a hotel and the crowd was on fire. It was insane.
IPM: Any Albums coming out soon or shows you want to tell our readers?
We just released our 4th full length album titled Salvation. We’re very proud of it, it has a new energy to the songs and has more new elements than anything we’ve done in the past.
IPM: Any “strange tales” or things that may have happened during a show that seemed too weird to be true?
Nothing too out of the ordinary during a show that sticks out. One time on the way home from a show our bus broke down so we had to rent a moving truck to get back home. The bass player and I had to sit in the back of this box truck for a two hour ride home. That wasn’t too fun.
IPM: Where do you see your music going, where would you like to be in the near future, goals, dreams and passions?
We just got our second guitar player late last year so we’ve been re-energized and looking forward to what he brings in the table and how we can expand our sound even further. We’re hoping to make it overseas in the future to perform, there seems to be a large market for heavy music over there.
IPM: Any final thoughts you wish to share with our readers?
I think readers of this site and metal fans in general will dig our music as it is heavy and aggressive but also diverse with a positive message. We have fast songs, groovy songs, some hard-rock and even blues influences spread throughout our catalog as well. As far as the live show, people can expect an intense and high energy set. We all love to play live and give 110% every night. The most important part is the connection between the music and the listeners; we feed off of each other.
IPM: Where can our readers find your music?
Our music can be purchased through iTunes, Amazon, our official website and at shows. We’re also on Spotify and YouTube.
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