Threatpoint BioAn American Groove Metal band hailing from Scranton,Pennsylvania. Dubbed as Electric City Groove Metal which quickly defines them to the unknown listener. Pulling from many influences and Genres. Etching their way into a solid mold.Threatpoint is a variable mix of Thrash, Death, Classic, Melodic and Power Metal and whatever else they decide. They strive on being unlabeled and not fitting into any one category. Being able to play out and fit in with many different types of bands.
Chris James BioChris started playing guitar around 15 years old. He grew up around music " there was always music on in the house, Mom always had something jamming, especially The Doors".
He started out with lessons and then quit. "Lessons weren't moving fast enough". So, onto books and VHS tapes.
Listening to music was a journey, starting big with The Doors, into Iron Maiden and Judas Priest to Megadeth, straight into his all time favorite Testament! Years of in and out of bands, he gave up for over 10 years. Struggling with alcohol and drug abuse it was time to get away...
Fast forward, new age, new music, new era... along comes Godsmack, Disturbed and nu-metal, he played in a few bands in New York and then moved back to Pennsylvania to form Dropveil, a hard rock/metal band. It was a learning curve and a stepping stone just like the rest of life.
After playing around the northeastern United States w many national acts... it folded, we won't get into that. After the demise of Dropveil, he got a phone call from a buddy about Temptation Denied that folded. They played a lot of shows together so that barrier of unknowing was already down.
March 4th 2012 we sat down together and agreed to get together. Our first days we were known as Sixfist, however from hard rock they took Chris back to his roots, and everything got faster and more aggressive.
Already listening to modern bands like Demon Hunter, Devildriver, Throwdown and of course still Testament... Threatpoint was formed, a heavy groove metal machine. " This is the band I've always wanted to play in. I'm in my element, finally"!
C.J. Krukowski BioAlways into music since birth, CJ was a late comer to drums, starting when he was a senior in high-school.
After a failed guitar playing experience, a high-school friend had a drum-set and let him play it once in awhile, reeling him in. The amount of noise he made without not having any particular skill impressed him and he soon bought an older used set and quickly played by himself for months on end trying to get his basic coordination down, along with just being able to hold a simple groove.
Being very much into thrash metal, he listened to alot of Metallica and Megadeth and attempted to play along with it, trying to ready himself for playing with a band.
Through the years, he's jammed with many friends and music lovers, honing in on his craft even more.
"Being able to play with other musicians will only make you a better player. It forces you to get better. You've got to learn to be able to adapt to other players' style and skill" he says of the experience.
Fast forward a few years of playing with other musicians and failed attempts at bands, CJ and Matt Gosselin formed Temptation Denied in 2009, which was rounded out with Sam Young and Alex Olivetti. The group was around for two and a half years, playing many shows and meeting many bands, friends and fans along the way.
"Temptation Denied was everything to me. It was my real first band, so I'll always hold it very dear."
The band folded in January of 2012.
A fellow band that Temptaion Denied used to open for (Dropveil) was also broken up and a mutual friend of Chris' and CJ's hooked them up and got them talking about maybe starting up a project together.
"I thought it was a joke. He texted me the day after me and Alex worked on an ad for a singer... we didn't even have it posted yet. The timing is unreal!" he says of Chris contacting him.
March 4, 2012 it all came together, with the two sides agreeing on starting another band. From then on, nobody's looked back...
Alex Olivetti BioAlex's introduction to playing music came at the age of nine when he picked up his fathers' acoustic/electric guitar for the first time. After a couple months of lessons from his father he lost interest.
He picked up the instrument again when he was thirteen and started jamming with a couple of friends. He has since played in local metal acts such as Powerslave, The Great Gamble, and Temptation Denied (which included fellow Threatpoint bandmate C.J. Krukowski). During his time in Temptation Denied he was introduced to Chris James of Dropveil with whom they've shared the stage with many times.
Following the break-up of both bands, they were reacquainted by a mutual friend and agreed to start a new band, which is known today as Threatpoint. Pulling from the various metal styles of his previous outings as well as his experience in playing in pop/rock/blues cover bands, Alex is looking to incorporate all of these different styles into his songwriting and lead playing to create music that listeners of all styles can appreciate.
Some of Alex's favorite bands include Sevendust, Pantera, Killswitch Engage, Metallica, Lamb of God, Trivium, Shadows Fall, and Testament. His main influences as a guitar player are Paul Gilbert, Alex Skolnick, Dimebag Darrel, and of course his father for the initial interest in the guitar, music, and his teachings and even a special thanks to his mother for putting up with the shenanigans for the past decade.
Ron Martin BioSince an early age, Ron found a passion for metal music. His first CD's owned were Iron Maiden "Powerslave", Anthrax "Among the Living", and Megadeth "Rust in Peace". Influenced by masters of the bass guitar such as Steve Harris and Frankie Bello, Ron started learning songs from these albums and moved on to other influences such as Geddy Lee from Rush and John Myung from Dream Theater. As subgenres began to evolve from classic metal bands, a new horizon opened up gateways to creativity.
Ron was only 12 years old when he picked up his first bass guitar, a Fender Squire Series, and practiced for hours a day to hone his craft. All through his teen years metal played a huge part of his life. He always planned on joining a band and hoped to become a star one day, but fate would not see it that way. In his late teen years as Ron found himslef in trouble with the law and he had a daughter at the young age of 19, he knew he had to change his way of thinking and the habits he had formed. He pretty much gave up the hope of playing throughout his 20's and barely picked up his bass for years.
Now 32, after seeing many local shows and attending some of his favorite band's concerts a new passion to play has driven him to regain the skills he once possessed at an earlier age and search for musicians to play with. Coincidentally, Threatpoint happened to be looking for a new bass player and through a mutual acquantance reached out to Ron to see if he was interested in joining the band. Which now brings us to the moment Ron has sought since his teen years to play the music he loves with equally skilled musicians. According to Martin it was crazy how this all went down, "I was at a Threatpoint show, loved what I heard, picked up a CD, met the guys, chatted a bit and a few weeks later Chris James reached out to me to see if I was interested in playing. 'I was like hell yeah, Lets make it happen.'" Now the future is looking a little brighter for Threatpoint's new bass player.
Dave Visbisky Bio
Dave’s introduction to playing music came at the age of 13 when he purchased his first guitar from a neighbor. He remembers it being the ugliest guitar ever, a no name sunburst Stratocaster with a flower pick guard. It was quickly replaced for an Ibanez RG series. His mother pushed him to take a few lessons at a local music store, Gallucci Music. Of the whole experience, Dave said "I stopped and started but continued to play throughout high school in various ska/punk garage bands. After those bands fizzled out, I stopped playing and didn’t get back into it until I turned 21 with help from my guitar brother Mark Yanish (Graces Downfall)."
In the month of July this year, his original band Death Forge decided to split up. While looking for replacement members and seeking advice for what to do in this situation, he started to talk to CJ more and more. "He understood my situation and actually shared a tidbit of how Threatpoint was doing. He mentioned that they parted ways with Matt and asked if I would be interested in possibly filling the role. I decided to tag along on an out of town gig they had in Gettysburg to get a feel for how the band operated. I was instantly drawn in, I said to myself 'this band doesn’t mess around'. They’re tight, the songs groove and I was a fan even before joining!" Dave said. He and Alex actually graduated high school together but have never played together until he started showing him Threatpoint songs. Dave added, "Chris and Ron are just good guys and me and CJ go way back. We actually jammed when we were both starting out." His first show with Threatpoint was Friday September 5th, 2014 with Beyond Fallen and Sanctuary (Iron Maiden tribute band) at Jabber Jaws in Allentown, PA.
Some of Dave’s favorite bands include Amon Amarth, Scar Symmetry, Mastadon, Iron Maiden, Van Halen, Dream Theater, Lamb of God, Dimmu Borgir, C.O.B, Nightwish and his biggest guitar influences are Paul Gilbert, John Petrucci, Alexi Laiho and Guthrie Govan.