I will start this review off by saying that, up until this point, Drawing Black Lines was my favorite Project 86 album. It was an album that proclaimed the band as masterminds of metal. Their heaviness combined with dark, perfect melodies, and intelligent, poetic songwriting instantly made them one of my favorite bands of all time.
Truthless Heroes was a great record as well, but it was a concept record, a story-telling album. To that extent, Schwabb proved he is an amazing songwriter as TH's lyrics burned vivid picures in my head, and the dark, melodic music provided a very cinematic soundtrack to the story. Granted, it was an odd story, and a lot of people either didn't get it or didn't want to get it. It was an ambitious rock opera, and it was probably my second favorite album of the Projects.
Songs to burn your bridges by... yeah, it was a very punk, angry, and bold record. But it should be very obvious now that Project 86 has punk deeply ingrained in their roots, and with all the drama they were going through at the time (record label woes, spiritual issues, finding themselves again), it was an album they deserved to make. Free of pressure to write a certain way, STBYBB was probably as close to the heart and soul of this band as we will ever see.
Self-Titled was an amazing debut. Not my favorite, and now it feels somewhat dated, but much like STBYBB, this was probably a record that, at the time, was 100% Project 86 being themselves.
And The Rest Will Follow... If you've read the interviews the band gave while they recorded this album or attended any recent shows, you can see that this is an album Project 86 had to make. This is them expanding their horizons, renewing their passion for music, and as they said at the show I saw Wednesday, this album is a rebirth for Project 86. There are elements of all 4 previous albums here, the heaviness, the dark melodies, the experimentation. This album sounds like nothing they've done before, and yet, it is true to their roots. This is the proof of life for a band that continues to get better and find new ways to put their passion on cd. This is now my favorite Project 86 album.