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Drawing Black Lines
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (21 March, 2000)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Second best Project 86 album...
Why Project 86 decided to follow counterparts POD into the abyss known commercially as "selling out" is a complete mystery to me. We all know why they did it: the idea of more money. However, Project 86's type of abrasive and in-your-face sound and lyricism has never been a very marketable one. POD's success depended on their ability to completely tone down their music and message, and create pop-rock songs that spoke to the nation's youth about how to have a good time, yet simultaneously "preached" to them about how much they needed God; POD became the ethnic Creed.

The thing that really bugs me the most about Project 86 was that they were THE band that had the most potential out of POD and them. They had the front man, they had the sound, they had the lyrics. And most of all, they had the conviction that POD seemed to shed away once the idea of more money showed itself. But, sadly, this has gone and Project 86 has lost their edge. But have no fear, they still have Drawing Black Lines and their Self-Titled albums for their fans.

I give Drawing Black Lines four stars because of the tracks Star and Twenty-Three. They are a complete waste of listening time. Scrap both of these songs and you have an album that is arguably harder and better-produced. But because the Self-Titled has not one skippable track, and this album does, I can say without any doubt in my mind that the Self-Titled is better. Also, the lyrics for the Self-Titled are head and shoulders above Drawing Black Line's lyricism. Stars and Twenty-Three are songs that showed Project 86 experimenting with their sound. It didn't work then, and it doesn't work now. On to the tracks.

Tracks 1-6 are the albums meat and potatoes. Those songs are, Stein's Theme, One Armed Man, Me Against Me, PS, Set Me Up, and Chimes. And are up there with anything off of the Self-Titled album. After those six songs, the remaining four songs (I am excluding Star and Twenty-Three) are just good hard-rock songs. Those four songs are, A Toast to My Former Self, Sad Machines, Chapter 2, and Open Hand. The last four are anthemic in nature, as in they repeat themselves alot. Especially the songs Chapter 2 and Open Hand.

All in all, this is a good release. But not as good as the Self-Titled. Also, as I read some of the reviews I noticed a review posted by FunnyBobKavlin stating that the lyrics were about suicide and what not. This is the problem when a band like Project 86 begins the process of selling out, their music starts appealing to people who don't actually listen to the music and the lyrics, but just whether or not it is catchy and mainstream. To correct FunnyBobKavlin. The song in which the character is speaking about slitting wrists, is titled Me Against Me. The line is "Slitting our wrists/running for sympathy" now, I don't expect people like FunnyRobert to get this. This is actually a statement of the nature of human beings. It is about the sinful nature of people. Slitting your wrists and running for sympathy a metaphor for how incredibly self-destructive people are to themselves and those around them, and that after a person does something like this, they always want sympathy from God; they want forgiveness. It is a simple statement of the evil nature of people. FunnyRobert also mentioned a line from the song Chimes. Chimes is about a person who has died and gone to hell and how, when he was alive, everything that his flesh wanted seemed OK. But once he had died he wished he could "rewind the clock and attempt to play back" which means that he wishes he could live his life over again and not do all of the things that were tempting him.

Like I said, this music is not for the masses and it really bugs me that they have tried to make it for the masses. I know they want to get their music and message out, but what a lot of people don't realize is that the majority they are seeking to get their message to are more like FunnyBobKavlin. They don't understand it.

5-0 out of 5 stars whoa
This cd is frickin amazing. I just recently saw them in concert and it reminded me to get this cd out and listen to it Me Against Me is a such an great song. Then again just about everysong on this cd is awesome

5-0 out of 5 stars Projects Best YET!!
A song by song break down on a scale of 1-10:
1. Stain's Theme 10/10 A solid starter!
2. One-Armed Man (Play On) 10/10 one of the best songs on this cd.
3. Me Against Me 10/10 another one of the best songs on this cd!
4. PS9/10
5. Set Me Up 10/10 BEST SONG ON THIS CD!!
6. Chimes8/10 a decent song
7. Toast to My Former Self 10/10
8. Sad Machines 10/10
9. Star 9/10 A awesome piano song.
10. Chapter 2 10/10One of my personal favs!
11. Open Hand 9/10
12. Twenty-Three9/10
An awesome cd get this if your a ture Project 86 fan! Cuz its there best work! ... Read more

Asin: B00004S5FE
Sales Rank: 44548
Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Rap-Metal    4. Rap-Rock    5. Rock   


Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (16 November, 1999)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent in all categories
Speakeasy is one of my all-time favorite albums of any genre.From a lyrical standpoint, the songs are at once poignant and beautiful. Words sung with passion. "Keep Waiting," "Rivers Underneath," and "Gold and Silver" are particularly good. I still get chills. In terms of production, the tracks sound amazing. I particularly like the sound of the bass and drums (I'm a musician...this stuff is important to me.) Lots of deep lows, good balance of mids and highs. Production goes well with the dark, brooding, but positive lyrical content. Plus, who could deny Mark's voice? Its strange and a wonderful contrast to the other instruments.Run, don't walk, to your local music store and buy this album.

4-0 out of 5 stars Has it all...except one thing
This could be one of the greatest hard rock/metal bands. They've got a great sound, great lyrics, great passion for Christ, yet Mark Soloman's voice doesn't quite go with the rest. He needs some vocal coaching. It's obviously a strain to hit the higher notes and he comes off sounding like a cross between that whiny Robert Smith and a constipated Ozzy Osbourne. If you could imagine a voice like Chris Cornell in there, then Stavesacre would go down as one of the greatest bands in recent memory. But they're doing the Lord's work, and that's fine by me! Bless them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Six Years Later....
It remains one of my favorite albums of all time and I still listen to it regularly. Here's the score...buy this album and also purchase "Absolutes". My two favorites albums from one of the best bands of all time. While you're at it, but every album. You won't regret it. ... Read more

Asin: B00002JXFE
Sales Rank: 41059
Subjects:  1. Alternative CCM    2. Pop    3. Punk Revival    4. Rock   


Snuff the Punk
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (02 May, 2000)
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Editorial Review

Before San Diego-bred P.O.D. (Payable on Death) landed on a major label in 1998, they were successful indie recording artists. In fact, their Atlantic debut, 1999's Fundamental Elements of Southtown is actually the lineup's fifth album since forming in 1992. And Snuff the Punk was their debut, a heretofore out of print effort now rereleased, remastered and remixed, with new graphics as well. P.O.D. had a strong following in Christian music circles before crossing over with Southtown, and Snuff the Punk shows why. Vaguely progressive thrashy metal with lots of funky rhythms and major hardcore rap influences, the time changes and aggressive musicality of this raw CD, originally released in 1993, is timely in 2000 and beyond. And despite the many religious references, open-minded secular music fans should be able to listen and groove to the positive, heavy tunes that populate Snuff the Punk (the punk being the devil) without feeling preached to. Still, with blatant lyrics such as "abortion is murder," on the "hidden" final track, "Murder," it's very clear where the band is coming from. Snuff the Punk is a winner for Christian heavy music fans. But if you're not a religious type but can mosh to the speedy punk vibe of "Can You Feel It?" and embrace singerSonny praising God in "Run" ("you're the one who rescued me"), then this debut is a secular success as well. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars p.o.ds first
This is P.O.D.s first cd. After being a P.O.D. fan for a while, I realy wanted to try this album. I wasn't let down. Here is a song-by-song review.

Coming Back. This is a cool song with a cool begining. It talks about Jesus coming back.

Let The Music Do The Talking. A standout track with great rapping and cool tornadoe sirens in the background.

Draw The Line. The most popular song on the cd. Not my faverite, but it's still pretty good.

Who's Right? Another good song. It talks about Jesus not favering any race of people.

Get Strait. A fine track that talks about making Jesus Lord over you before he comes back.

Run. Fast rapping and cool bass. It starts out depressing but it ends happy. Check it out.

Snuff The Punk. P.O.D.S first recorded song and my faverite track on this cd. They tell us in this song to "snuff the punk". The punk is the Devil.

Can You Feel It. Not the best but is still worth listening to.

Three In The Power Of One. It talks about having the power to use Jesus' name to beat the Devil and his Demons. The hardest song on the cd.

Every Knee. A fine song with a cool rap part in the middle of the song. It talks about how everone will see that Jesus is king.

Abortion Is Murder. The begining isn'nt the real song. It realy begins a little after the begining. Just Listen to it and you'll see what I mean.

The most Christian cd P.O.D. has released. Somebody said that they curse in thier songs. Well, I rap to these song almost every day and I've yet to hear them curse. That's not to say they don't curse when they're not on stage. But if they do, it's not the end of the world. Nobody is perfect. Including Cristians. If you like P.O.D., try this cd.

3-0 out of 5 stars Sorry "A Music Fan"
This CD is pretty good, but that's not what I really wanted to talk about. I hate to dissapoint you "A Music Fan," but the kid is right: P.O.D. do cuss, and I know that it isn't printed but trust me, they do. They have admitted to it in several interviews that I have watched, although they said that they didn't put it into the lyrics list because it wasn't actually part of the lyrics, just a quick background phrase. There are other bands that do this too (omit lyrics because they aren't the main focus of that portion of the song). I won't disagree with you on the Christian focus (because they are a Christian group), but I don't think that swearing should scare off Christian fans of POD. You have to be looking hard for the words to hear them, and it doesn't stand out. They are a good band, so don't let a little background swearing throw you off...it's not the end of the world.

2-0 out of 5 stars The truth...
Just a correction to the correction. They do use foul words... "Of course we got the same view on life as most people out there - it's too short and most of the time it's quite a shi**y business." (Circus, July 2002, p.22)

Other instances of P.O.D.s profanity; "f---ing" (Guitar World, Nov. 2001, p. 54); "D--n it!" (Drum!, Sept.-Oct. 2001, p. 86); "p--s us off" (Drum!, Sept.-Oct. 2001, p. 87) "d--n " (Revolver, Nov/Dec 2001, p.63) "p--sed off" (AP, Nov. 2001, p. 59) "half a-sed" (Circus, July 2002 p. 22). And there are others.

This album is ok. Southtown was a bit better. If you like metal there's definitely better albums out there. Imo, this isn't really worth the money. And I don't care about the profanity. ... Read more

Asin: B00004SURI
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock    3. Rock/Pop   

Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 February, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of my top ten!
This review is a little late, but I got this cd when I was working at a local record store back in '99.It was refered to me by a friend that I check this album out.I ditched it within the first ten seconds, labeling them a xerox of 311.Me being a huge 311 fan, I was territorial about a similar band's music entering my ears.I gave the cd a second chance, and it became everything that I look for in a good cd.Rhythm, lyrics, music...EVERYTHING!And they were young at that.Kind of what Silverchair accomplished at their age with their debut, but these guys were a little older."Sandbox Praise" ended up being my favorite single off the album and ulitmately one of my favorite songs ever.It says what I felt about growing up.Mom fixing you spaghetti and meatballs for dinner, say your prayers, and wake up the next day ready to be a kid again not having a care in the entire world.I think we all want to feel that way again.
Like I said, this review is a bit late, but please take my word that from start to finish you will experience the energy.AMEN!

4-0 out of 5 stars title of review
It's ridiculous how derivitive of 311's style this album is. They borrow both the insanely catchy powerchord rock with rap vocals and the ska/reggae style. So while they don't get much points for originality, they have produced a really solid melodic rock record, which just may be better than any 311 themselves have made.

5-0 out of 5 stars Didn't think it would be this good
Ok, my friend was really upset with me for not liking the two secnods of this cd that he let me listen to. So, he made me borrow it to prove that this cd rocks. My hat goes off to him. This cd is AWESOME! There are a couple songs that aren't all that, but they're still worth listening to. If you like rap-rock groups that are very original, you'll like these guys. ... Read more

Asin: B00004L8BO
Sales Rank: 48930
Subjects:  1. CCM    2. Pop    3. Religious / Contemp. Christian   


A Thought Crushed My Mind
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 January, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars I'm a vampire
This is the first Blindside CD I heard, and thinking since this one was sooo good, I bought the "Silence" and was disappointed. Despite what other people say on reviews of their other CD's, this CD is REALLY GOOD. I think Nara is the song that he sings in Swedish, towarsds the end, the CD gets mellow, but a very good kind of mellow. When I get money, I want to own this CD again. King of the Closet was an instant fave of mine, I loved the lyrics.

4-0 out of 5 stars A mind crushed by thought...
I had been told that this, along with their self-titled, were Blindside's best albums, so I bought them. I haven't heard their new stuff yet, but after listening to this and the ST I doubt they could do much better without getting repetitive. A Thought starts out strong with 'Vow of Silence' and never stops. 'King of the Closet' is easily the best song on the album, with an awesome vocal/screaming solo intro. It seems hard to listen to the whole album all the way through, though I'm not sure why. All in all a good album, but I'd still recommend the ST over it.

5-0 out of 5 stars if it were possible i would this album 10 stars
By far this album is in my opinion is the best album BLINSIDE has releases yet, silence, andabout a burning fire are great albums but this album does not shows blindside at its finestthe music it EXCELLENT. Musical arragments are like none other.Finding a decent christian rock band is hard (thank GOD 4 project 86 and DEMON HUNTER)most of them sound them same. But BLINDSIDE is uncomparable to any other christian Rock band i've have yet to hear. the closest band i would say reminds me of them musically wise would be S.O.A.D. (system of a down) and even then i would rather listen to " A thought crushed my mind" ... Read more

Asin: B00000ID2N
Sales Rank: 90494
Subjects:  1. Alternative CCM    2. Alternative Metal    3. Alternative Pop/Rock    4. Hardcore Punk    5. Indie Rock    6. Pop    7. Punk Revival    8. Rap-Metal    9. Rock   

Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (28 March, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Stuff
This is one of the best hip hop albums i've ever heard.Right behind John Reuben's 3.Lyrically its awsome and very intellegent.he has a unique way of rapping, it almost sounds like he's telling a story, which I love.The beats/instrumentals are also very good.Useing the usuall orchistra stuff with some nice beats.Comparing this to any secular rapper would be insane because it is so much better in every way possible.

If you don't own "dust" buy it now.If you respect Hip Hop in any way you should like it.

5-0 out of 5 stars SUP'S A LEGEND!!!!
What an awesome man he is.... Sup, i first heard him on DJ Maj Full Plates and i just thought of him as a funny awesome rapper with a good style and good lyrics... But i then realized that when i bought this CD he has his serious songs to and the funny awesome ones too.... he is just a good emcee with a smooth flow telling the world the Christ is no.1 in a very funny way and awesome way.... GET THIS CD!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars VERY DISAPPOINTED

Asin: B00003XACC
Sales Rank: 89577
Subjects:  1. Christian Rap    2. Hardcore Rap    3. Pop    4. Rap & Hip-Hop   

The Hammering Process
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (07 November, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars mmmm Crunchy
this is the second 2 last LS cd.There is a lot of stacato-ness in the songs (crunchy) which gives it a very percussive and pummeling sound (hence the name "hammering process).Think of it as a transition from CIF and reborn.it has more chanting (non growled vocals than any of their other cds. this an very original cd from a very original band.i do not like this cd quite as much as CIF or reborn but it is extrememly good and worthwhile to buy

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Wonderful record.I've only recently gotten into christian metal, and I love this cd.I also have cds by Zao and Demon Hunter, and this one is by far the best.Phenomenal musicianship, great vocals, and the lyrics are good (not the greatest, but good).I reccommend this album to anybody who loves metal, believer or non-believer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff Here!
This CD is highly impressive with what they do here, LS has a way of slowly building to a chorus, that by the time you get there you just want to jump around and go nuts!This is the first CD by the these guys I bought and the reason I got it was because of Bloodwork which is an amazing song.After hearing the entire album I can safely say the rest of the album follows suit.The drums and percussion are fast and driving, the guitars are perfect, and the vocals are very agrressive and gritty which make you really get into the music.Song after song the album just pounds away (good for head banging), and the lyrics are very poetic and emotional which only help to intensify the music and make it that much more enjoyable. ... Read more

Asin: B0000508V0
Sales Rank: 30035
Subjects:  1. CCM    2. Heavy Metal    3. Pop    4. Rock   


Project 86
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (16 June, 1998)
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5-0 out of 5 stars I like this better than drawing black lines
when i got this cd i was much younger and didnt like hard rock very much... i now listen to bands like Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson...they are amazing however, i found a christian band that actually had potential

this is by far the best christian band ever to set foot on earth.

This is a short cd and at first it is hard to get used to, because all of the songs sound the same. but, if you listen to it enough where you can tell which song is which, this album is perfect.

i dont know why i liked this better than DBL. i cant tell you why. i just did. but i think it has something to do with the time i got into DBL. i got into it way before i got into this album. so i guess with time it became inferior.

but anyways if you like bands like NIN and Marilyn Manson, but you want something christian that is still good, LISTEN TO PROJECT 86...

ps. i have yet to hear truthless heroes and songs to burn your bridges by. i will purchase them soon.

5-0 out of 5 stars Straight forward awesome stuff
The only reason I didn't give this CD five stars is because DBL and STBB were just so awesome. This CD has awesome lyrics and the music complements them perfectly. Its an emotional CD. The songs are not quite as various in sound or original as most P86 songs, but it doesn't matter, cause their all good. Its not that its not as good as P86's other CD's, but its just that it has a different quality about it. Got to get it, though.

4-0 out of 5 stars You have to start somewere
This is not as good as dbl but as you know this was the first cd. Compared to dbl and th, its not as good, but Compared to a first time cd, its pretty good.You have to start somewere. The problem whith this cd is that its nothing but pure rap-core when you have this most of the songs sound the same. But Irecommend you get thsd cd later just to see how the band started. I do though like the song Pipe dream very much. ... Read more

Asin: B000007OCN
Sales Rank: 62310
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rap-Rock    3. Rock   

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