Feb 012018
 

Project 86 hails from Orange County, California, formed in 1996. The band has released ten albums, two EPs, two DVDs, and one live album. Their music is considered by most to be a rock/post-hardcore/alternative style. Frontman Andrew Schwab‘s poetic and introspective lyrics have addressed a wide variety of topics such as conformity and emptiness. Last year Nov. they were part of the tenth anniversary of Brainstorm Festival (Netherlands) where they played an amazing show. A month later the band released their tenth album “Sheep Among Wolves”, the album is well received and gets good reviews by the press.

Recently we did an interview with founder and frontman Andrew Schwab, he talks about past & present of the band, his biggest fear, musical background, key principles, the new album, and much more:

TMR: Hello Andrew this is The Metal Resource from Holland, how are things going there in Orange County, CA ? Continue reading »

Jan 162018
 

Last November, the American heavy rock / post-hardcore band Project 86 played at the Brainstorm Festival in Apeldoorn (the Netherlands). It was 9 years since the band last visited the Netherlands (for 10,000 people at the Flevo Festival), while there was a lot of touring in Europe during those years. The show at Brainstorm was a great success and with that the foundation was laid for more. Fan-filmed footage of that show can be seen below.

To give the band a foothold here, Independent booking agency from the Netherlands, Desert Rose Agency will help them with bookings and promotion. Continue reading »

Project 86 – “Sheep Among Wolves”

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Jan 072018
 

Twenty years as a band is a long time and to celebrate their 20th year, Project 86 have released Sheep Among Wolves, their 10th album and show that while their sound has matured over the years, none of the original ferocity has been lost.

While Sheep Among Wolves was kicked off as a crowdfunded campaign to celebrate the band’s 20 year existence, we’re now in 2018, which will mark the 22nd year since being formed in Orange County, California in 1996.  From a career standpoint, the band has released 10 albums, two DVDs, two Eps and one live album, with over 500,000 units moved worldwide.  Demonstrating the longevity of the band and faithfulness of fans, the crowdfund campaign for Sheep Among Wolves brought in 160% of the target.  As one would imagine being around as long as they have,  the band has seen all sides of the music industry.  After getting their start on Tooth & Nail Records, the band was briefly signed to Atlantic Records for one album, Truthless Heroes, where nearly everything went wrong for the band.  Following that rough period, the band self-released one album then rejoined Tooth&Nail for a few years, leaving at the end of a contract in 2011 to use Kickstarter to fund their Wait for the Siren album that was released in 2012.  The band self-released Knives to the Future in 2014 and began the crowfund campaign for Sheep Among Wolves in 2016.  At this point in the band’s history, singer Andrew Schwab is the only remaining original member, but throughout the band’s career, Schwab’s distinct vocals and the band’s driving, emotional music has made their songs recognizable and retained the loyalty of fans.  Continue reading »

Jun 072017
 

The American metal band Living Sacrifice, Symphonic Metal Band Xandria (D) and the Heavy Rock Band Project 86 (USA) are headlining the 10th edition of Brainstorm Festival. The cultural rock and metal festival will be held this year on 3 and 4 November as usual in the Gigant in Apeldoorn (NL).

Living Sacrifice (picture) was founded in 1989, but did not play in the Netherlands before. Nevertheless the band is well-known, partly because the band members have also been active in bands such as Evanescence, P.O.D. and We Are The Fallen.

Living Sacrifice‘s latest and eighth studio album “Ghost Thief” has been released on November 12, 2013 via Solid State Records. (review) Continue reading »

Project 86 – “Knives to the Future”

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Dec 232014
 

p86_knives_artwork_1500The new album from Project 86, Knives to the Future, picks up thematically from where their last album, Wait for the Siren, left off.  Much like Truthless Heroes, Knives to the Future tells a story, in this case, one of a soldier regaining consciousness after a battle with no memory of who he is.  The songs provide the soundscape for the soldier’s journey to find out where he came from and who he is.

For those who don’t know of Project 86, it may come as a bit of a surprise to learn that the band has been around with various lineups for 18 years, being formed in Orange County, California in 1996.  From a career standpoint, the band has released eight albums, two DVDs, two Eps and one live album, with likely now over 500,000 units moved worldwide.  The band has seen the good and bad of the recording industry, starting out on Tooth&Nail records to gain fame and attention, then sign to Atlantic Records where everything literally went wrong for the band.  Following that rough period, the band self-released one album then rejoined Tooth&Nail for a few years, leaving at the end of a contract in 2011 to use Kickstarter to fund their Wait for the Siren album that was released in 2012 and featured a variety of guest apperances ranging from Head (Korn) to Bruce Fitzhugh and Rocky Gray (Living Sacrifice) to even Blake Martin (A Plea for Purging).  For Knives to the Future, the band recorded in Steelman Studios in Van Nuys, CA with Matt McClellan and the band producing and Steve Evetts mixing.  At this point in the band’s history, singer Andrew Schwab is the only remaining original member, but throughout the band’s career, Schwab’s distinct vocals and a general sonic quality to the band have made their songs easily recognizable. Continue reading »