RIYLSystem of a Down
Tracklist1. Fall, Goliath, Fall
3. Omerta's Sons
4. Off the Grid
5. New Transmission
7. The Crossfire Gambit
8. Blood Moon
9. Above the Desert Sea
10. Ghost of Easter Rising
12. Take the Hill
13. Wait for the Siren
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For any numerologists out there, let’s start out this review with some numbers. Project 86 formed in 1996, so they have been together for 16 years. They released their first album on June 16. Wait for the Siren is full length number eight for the Christian quartet and it’s being released in August 2012 – which is month number eight. Furthermore, the release date is 8/21/2012 and if you add those numbers together - 8,2,1,2,0,1,2 - they equal 16. It’s obvious Project 86 has a lot of 8’s and 6’s surrounding their career, so what does that have to do with the band or their new album? Well, nothing. Most people already know who Project 86 is though so why drag you through the normal album introduction process.
It’s been three years since Project 86’s last full length, which is the longest interval between albums in the band’s long history. All their releases showed some kind of change or progression for the band and Wait for the Siren is no different. It combines some of the aggression seen on earlier releases like Song to Burn Bridges By mixed with their more melodic side seen on Picket Fence Cartel. Moreover, it sounds more refined and polished than their previous efforts, making for an enjoyable, albeit predictable album.
“Fall, Goliath, Fall” opens the record with a military style drum beat, accompanied by melodic acoustic riffs that all culminate into a powerful introduction. A simple, but catchy verse briefly follows before transitioning into a memorable sing-a-long chorus. It’s not a groundbreaking formula by any means, but shows longtime fans that Project 86 are still skilled at their craft. “Off the Grid” and “Defector” are also good examples of these formulaic tracks. However, some of the best moments on Wait for the Siren come from the heavier songs. “SOTS,” The Crossfire Gambit,” and “Take the Hill” all increase the energy level throughout the album and prove that even aging bands can still have some bite to them.
Most of the tracks on here are solid but the main weak spot is “Blood Moon.” It’s a slower song, and while it does add some variation, the track seems completely out of place. The verse is a tad misleading because it doesn’t sound all that bad, but then the chorus comes in and ruins whatever chance the song had at being decent because of its Nickelback-esque qualities. One dud out of thirteen tracks isn’t the end of the world though, and overall Project 86 has put together another respectable album. The band has never been one to blow people away, but they consistently put out quality full lengths and that trend continues with Wait for the Siren.