Project 86 is back with their latest release Wait for the Siren, their eighth studio album due out August 21, 2012. Project 86 is from Orange County, CA, with a progressive sound that is very common in today’s urban metal scene. Using a Kickstarter campaign, the band took to the fans saying that now “the fans are our record label”, the band was able to record Wait for the Siren. Project 86 has had a lot of success selling over 500,000 units worldwide, giving fans a much-anticipated release.
The album starts off with one of the four songs the band released early, “Fall Goliath Fall.” This is the best track on the album, with solid lyrics and a hard-hitting sound, however the rest of the album falls a little flat. Songwriting is very difficult, but when you have it, it shows in a big way. While the CD has all the components we look for in a metal album, the production and writing are just not there. The music seems a little “muddy” in some cases, making it difficult to really hear the expansion of the songs. The band opened up and said that they were going in a different direction musically, which might anger some fans, but also will bring new fans to them. The title track “Wait for the Siren” closes out this offering, and does a decent job of wrapping it all up.
Overall, without sounding harsh, we’ve heard this all before. With so many ways you can go in metal, it would have been nice to see Project 86 really challenge themselves and put an album together that shows their talent. Time will tell; maybe we’ll have to look past Wait for the Siren and hope their next album really pushes the boundary of what this band is all about, because Project 86 is a band that could break out in the metal scene.
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