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AW Music Review: Project 86 – Wait For The Siren

With their debut album released in 1998, Andrew Schwab and his band, Project 86, have been around for well over a decade and have maintained a following in the hard rock scene. Reminiscent of bands like Breaking Benjamin, Korn and Tool, Project 86 delivers hard hitting riffs and melodic vocals that send a positive message to audiences.

Today, Project 86 has released their 9th studio album entitled “Wait For The Siren” and it might be a departure from what fans may be used to…but change isn’t always a bad thing.

“Wait For The Siren” opens up with the track “Fall, Goliath, Fall” which kicks off with snare roll that makes you feel like a soldier on the battlefields of Gettysburg. Shortly accompanied by a mandolin and then blasting into a full blown anthem rock song, Project 86 prove themselves worthy of a top spot in todays music scene within the opening minute of their new album.

There even some guest vocalists on this record including Brian “Head” Welch of Korn on the track “The Crossfire Gambit”.

The hard hitting hard rock takes a break about 3/4 of the album with the track “Blood Moon” which breaks the monotony and mellows things out with calming ambient guitar backing Schwab’s powerful lyrics and then thinks get right back on track to the blistering riffs with “Above The Desert Sea”.

Now, Project 86 certainly isn’t for everybody. They are a self proclaimed Christian band and those themes are evident in their music. They are far from preachy, however, and as someone who doesn’t typically listen to religious music (or never does for that matter), P86 gets a pass in my book.

With music that could easily be on a major rock radio station like Octane on SiriusXM, listeners will probably not even pick up on the subtle biblical themes and regardless of your religious preferences, you’d be doing yourself a diservice by not checking out “Wait For The Siren”.