Project 86
Wait for the Siren


4.0
excellent

Review

by Garrett H. USER (8 Reviews)
August 22nd, 2012 | 56 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Worth the wait.

Sometimes when a band reaches a certain point in their long career, the question arises as to whether they have run out of steam and should just call it a day. As Project 86 releases their ninth full-length album after a jarring change of pace in their last two, this question is ever present in the minds of faithful fans. Will there be another “Rival Factions” with its shrill scream style, or another “Picket Fence Cartel”-esque album with odd melodies abundant? Project 86 smashes through all expectations with yet another change in style in “Wait For The Siren”, but this time around they are rearing their heads with their heaviest work to date. And such a change shows that they have aged very well indeed.

Anyone looking for familiarity here should leave it at the door; the old Project 86 is gone (quite literally, in fact). The only original member that remains is lead singer Andrew Schwab, and everyone else is fresh meat in the hardcore band’s lineup. Shuffling the crew can be a good thing at times, however, and it is heard here as a hard rush of fresh air into the sixteen-year-old band. For anyone who is an avid listener of Project 86, this redefinition of sound is not all that surprising; they are notorious for changing styles from CD to CD. But for anyone experiencing them for the first time, now is a great time to jump on board.

From the very beginning, a new heaviness is heard and felt that lasts through most of the album. There is more aggression here than in other albums and this lends even more to the low-tuned guitars and growly bass. Quite honestly, Project 86 is pushing the bounds of metal in a way: there are more full-on screams this time around as opposed to Schwab’s usual “yelling” style, and the riffs for some of the songs are frantic in a way that resembles Lamb Of God. The sonic punch that emanates from this album is a far cry from anything they’ve put out before. Even more surprising are the slower ballads, something not heard since the band’s fifth album, “…And The Rest Will Follow”. It’s almost like they have morphed into a completely different band in all aspects.

An enjoyable characteristic of “Wait For The Siren” is the clarity of all the instruments in the mix. The elusive bass guitar actually takes the spotlight for many of the songs with growled dominance. Honestly, this is some of the best sounding rock-style bass guitar out there; the tone is fantastic without being too gritty or plain. The bass grooves nicely throughout the entire album and lays down a fantastic foundation for everything else. Guitars are thoughtfully layered and complement each other well as they weave upper melodies and chug with the bass in the heavy sections. While it is obvious that Randy Torres and his unique guitar voicing are no longer here, the newer, simpler guitar work fits the new style well. There are parts that pay homage to Torres’ work and a keen listener who has heard other Project 86 albums will recognize the tributes. The drums are delightfully full and build on the heaviness that the album claims as its own. Add in Schwab’s unique vocals, which now include softer singing and rending screams, and the whole puzzle comes together in all its glory.

Speaking of vocal work, Project 86 has done something rather unusual on this album by bringing in quite a few guest vocalists, which include former Korn guitarist Brian Welch and Bruce Fitzhugh from Living Sacrifice. While this was certainly a welcomed addition to the record, a problem arises: there was not a part in the album that debuted any of the guests by putting them in the spotlight. Surely they add to the sound as a whole, but overall it seems almost insignificant due to everyone besides Schwab being nearly inaudible. The idea of bringing guests in is to showcase them along with the band’s music, is it not? Questions as to why such vocalists were even asked to perform arise when they are blended in so deep that they become nothing more than another sound in the mix. Careful, repeated listening will probably reveal them, but for the most part they take a secondary place and never truly shine.

Obviously the new heavy sound is the point of interest for this album, but this recalculated style does come with a price. Seasoned Project 86 fans will notice that many of the songs do indeed sound very similar, a stark contrast to albums of the past, and even new listeners will probably hear this problem throughout “Wait For The Siren”. But such a complaint begs the question: can there be too much of a good thing? All of the crushing riffs and heaviness may slightly run together, but it just sounds too good to be a huge problem. It will probably come down to personal preference whether or not the album sounds repetitive.

“Wait For The Siren” signals a new chapter for Project 86, and this is definitely a step in the right direction. The achieved heaviness that saturates this release is refreshing in every way possible, yet there is still an obvious feeling that this is a Project 86 album. While it would have been nice to hear the guest vocalists shine through, they still add to the sound that rages forth. Any repetitiveness aside, this is definitely an album for anyone trying to find a groovy, heavy, hardcore sound.



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MTObsidian
August 21st 2012


118 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Streaming here:

http://loudwire.com/project-86-wait-for-the-siren-exclusive-album-stream/

Enjoy!

boogs
August 21st 2012


228 Comments


Excellent review. I liked their previous album and I love me some bass so I will def check this.

MTObsidian
August 21st 2012


118 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks man!

breakingthefragile
August 22nd 2012


2966 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review. I love Project 86, these guys really know what they're doing.

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controlled
August 22nd 2012


468 Comments


excellent review. surprised to hear this band has actually grown up

Emim
August 22nd 2012


26675 Comments


Good review. Doubt this will touch Drawing Black Lines or Songs... but definitely going to pick this up.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2012


20155 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Congrats on the feature. I haven't heard this band in years I'll have to check this out.

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SadAndHolyGlow
August 22nd 2012


1545 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was hoping someone would review this right away. I can't wait to buy it :D Great review!

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Acanthus
August 22nd 2012


9545 Comments


A fun read, going to have to go give this a listen.

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Dunpeal
August 22nd 2012


3801 Comments




if nothing else, these guys are consistent



and agreed w/ Emim


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syffuf25
August 22nd 2012


109 Comments


Grew up listening to these guys, can't wait to listen to this.

guitarnater
August 22nd 2012


917 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listened to this a few times after picking it up after one of their shows, still need to figure out what I think of it. but anyway

FALL GOLIATH, FALL FALL GOLIATH

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
August 22nd 2012


3540 Comments


Congrats on being featured, well-deserved with an excellent review like this. I might check this out since I want to get into hardcore but I don't know if this is a good place to start.

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2012


20155 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Obsidian, what are the best songs on here?

pizzamachine
August 22nd 2012


12572 Comments


Fun album, good review.

MO
August 22nd 2012


19073 Comments


whoa pizza where you been ho

pizzamachine
August 22nd 2012


12572 Comments


I was working at camp all summer!

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2012


20155 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Doesn't sound bad, but you do make it sound "heavier" than it really is.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2012


20155 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I haven't heard their other stuff tho so maybe this is heavy compared to that.

fr33convict
August 22nd 2012


11703 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Based off my first listen this is one of the lighter sounding things they've done to me so your review kind of surprised me
in that regard. Didn't really dig this too much but it probably had more to do with being tired and less being fair lol.
Good review dude.



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