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Aggressive metal band Nonpoint formed in 1997 and is still cranking out the tunes.

The band, based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has retained three of the original four members and has released its sixth CD, "Miracle."

Vocalist Elias Soriano said he always hoped the band would continue playing more than a decade after its inception.

"I think that had a lot to do with it," Soriano said during a phone interview from Fort Lauderdale. "We still have a goal that we're still reaching for. And I feel we're still hungry and we still have a lot to show. We're revered as one of the best live bands in the world. And for a band that's never gone platinum (that) is amazing."

The goal Soriano talked about was landing a major arena tour.

"Honestly, once I've done that, I don't care what happens," he said with a laugh. "I've been in this industry for so long and seen 48 states and 15 countries. There aren't a lot of people at 35 (years old) who can say that."

Originally Nonpoint consisted of Soriano, bassist Aken MacMillan, drummer Robb Rivers and guitarist Andy Goldman.

Goldman left in 2008 because he wanted to get away from the music business, Soriano said. And the band recruited Zach Broderick.

"(Zach) came as a recommendation from a few friends of ours — Shaun Glass from Soil and Dan Donegan from Disturbed," Soriano said. "So we met up with Zach in Chicago and jammed with him, and it worked out.

"There was a chemistry that Andy had with us in the band, and it still is (with Zach.)"

"Miracle" marks Broderick's recording debut with Nonpoint, Soriano said.

"We spent months doing pre-production with the producers (Mudvayne's Chad Gray and Greg Tribbett)," Soriano said. "We sent music back and forth, and then when it was ready, we flew up to Wisconsin to record and got it down."

Gray and Tribbett, vocalist and guitarist, respectively, were perfect as producers for "Miracle," said Soriano. "Those guys are musicians, and they write songs that do well in our business. It's good to have musicians behind the board (who) know what we're aiming for.

"We wanted to focus on our songwriting this time around," he said. "They directed us a little bit but didn't write our songs.

"We opened our minds a lot. It was nice to hear, 'That's a cool chorus, but this part in the verse would make a better chorus.' "

"Miracle" was released in May and debuted on the Billboard 200 at No. 59.

"That kind of brought us back into the light," Soriano said. "The previous album 'Vengeance' did OK, but on a promotional scale it was a stinger for our record label. That's why we parted ways. We wanted aggressive, hungry people working for us."

So the band singed with 954 Records.

"We wanted people to showcase the band, and that's what we're getting right now."

If you go

What: Drowning Pool, Nonpoint

Where: In the Venue, 219 S. 600 West

When: Aug. 11, 6 p.m.

How much: $15.50-$18.50

Phone: 801-467-8499, 800-888-8499

Web: www.smithstix.com