Salient Point was a four-piece heavy metal band from Boston, Massachusetts, with the publicly proclaimed M-O of "making bang the head that does not bang." Shortly after the band formed in 2013, our worlds collided and the journey began.
The band had recently changed their name after going by Moon-Shot for a short period, and were eager to solidify an identity they could tap into and release their thrashy metal grooves under. During one of his college classes, original band member and drummer Jair Robledano heard one of his professors utter the phrase that would eventually serve as the wordmark for the band and the message they stood for – Salient Point.
Aggressive, confrontational, and uncompromisingly metal – the logo that would represent the band had to command an unmistakably bold presence.
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Gathering momentum, the band members took the leap from being concert attendees at punk rock shows throughout the Northeast to taking the stage and delivering high-octane live performances – commencing with their first gig in Bridgeport, Connecticut on October 10th, 2014.
Borrowing equipment I had access to through a college class I was taking on audio and studio recording, I assisted the band with their earliest rough recordings – converting the tiny jam room into a makeshift recording studio.
Despite some setbacks in securing a stable bassist and vocalist, the band continued practicing and playing shows, eventually compiling enough songs to release their self-titled debut EP.
After several bassist and vocalist lineup reconfigurations, Salient Point regained stride in 2016 with Nick Bruno on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, Jair Robledano on drums and vocals, Tyler Wozmak on lead guitar, and Tom Domincovich on bass and vocals. This was also the period during which they began crystallizing what they stood for – promoting a message of fighting for one's beliefs and empowering others. The band went on to release their first and only full-length studio album – ReProgrammer – in 2017.
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Internal dynamics, external commitments and the relocation of the original lead guitarist ultimately led to the disbanding of Salient Point. While a future reunion seems unlikely, the music and memories live on. The band's early recordings and debut album can be found online at: