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Rival Factions

Project 86Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Evil (A Chorus of Resistance) 3:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Put Your Lips to the TV 2:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The Forces Of Radio Have Dropped A Viper Into The Rhythm Section 2:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Molotov 3:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Slaves to Liberty 3:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Pull Me Closer, Violent Dancer 3:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Illuminate 2:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. Caveman Jam 3:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Normandy 5:04$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 19, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tooth & Nail Records
  • ASIN: B000QFAFE0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,063 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

As the name implies, Project 86 has delivered a confrontational 6th full-length, where not a single note, lyric, or track is wasted. This is, for certain, their most song-oriented and diverse release to date, proving that progression through evolution is a divine mandate. The songs are commercial and accessible without sacrificing intensity. Expanding upon their patented sound, there are hints of everything from vintage Danzig, Psychadelic Furs, Joy Division, and early, east-coast hardcore.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
When Andrew Schwab talked to me about the album, he mentioned something very peculiar: "It's much different sound-wise. We never want to make the same album twice, so evolution is a good thing. The instrument sounds are much different and, vocally, it's much more melodic. The energy is less of a 'let's mosh and punch people' and more of a 'let's sing along and dance' experience. Don't get me wrong - we love it when people mosh and punch each other. We just took a bit different approach this time."

Andrew is right. This is definitely different from earlier Project 86 releases. The beats are much more straight-up and there's significantly much more singing on Andrew's part than any of their previous albums. If you're looking for the hard-and-dark Project 86 from "Drawing Black Lines" and "Truthless Heroes", you're likely to be unimpressed by this album.

If we HAVE to compare this release to their previous releases, you can expect to find the Project 86 from the other five albums in the first three tracks - almost as if to make the progression a bit more welcomed - but the rest of the album is a somewhat different Project 86. For example, the instruments are often effected and, personally, this is the first time that I've heard P86 mention "dancing" in an album. On most of the songs, however, yo will definitely find yourself bobbing your head to the addictive rhythms. Lyrically, however, this album is not as deep and as in-your-face as the rest of the albums. The production and quality, though, is unmatched - a fantastic mix and brilliant arrangement.

Overall, this is probably the most mainstream release and radio-friendly album that P86 has produced. I love how they're always trying to reinvent themselves. Don't miss it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird and I like it... June 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I was surprised like everyone else (no one saw this coming believe me) when I heard some of the new tracks and the samples. After listening to the cd one time through I discovered how creative, catchy and intense the songs were. It was still Project 86, but totally evolved. Things that you hardly hear in other Project albums such as lots of synth, guitar solo's, alternate vocals (lots of singing but also high pitch screeching which I have never heard Andrew Schwab do, awesome).

Here is my appreciation of the songs individually:

Evil 10/10: The first time I heard this songs I thought I was listening to Queens of the Stone Age, and apart from the synth solo it it is reminiscent of their sound. The groovy rythm and atmosphere of this song are wat make it really good. If you listen to it too much, believe me it will not leave your head. What works really well is that in the chorus you hear two vocals: one singing the melody while the other voice shouts the lyrics.

Put your lips to the TV 8/10: After the deceptive and cheesy piano intro (did I forget to add that there is a lot of humor on this album and it's not only in the lyrics ;-)) the song kicks off with an old-school guitar riff, followed by a more typical Project 86 verse after which the incredibly catchy chorus grabs you by the throat with beautifully desperate sounding vocals from Schwab. To top it off we hear a solo from Randy that sounds pretty basic but works very well in the song as a bridge.

The Forces of Radio have thrown a viper into the rythem section 10/10: This song is awesome lyrically and musically.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...and the rest will continue to follow.... July 2, 2007
By Sylo
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Project 86. Long time listener, long time review writer. To put it bluntly this band has a butt that just won't quit. The band has taken me through a surge of rabid emotions through their long career. They have surprised me, bored me, and come back to win me over time and time again. I enjoyed "..and the rest will follow" but something was missing. It seemed to pale in comparison to the emotionally charged "Songs to burn your bridges by." Rival Factions took me completely by surprise with its electronically charged synth beats. Andrew's blatantly melodic vocal rhythms. Its almost as if this was the record "truthless heroes" aspired to be. A more accessible sound that didn't sacrifice so many of the bands excellent sounds.

The band is comforable with their new found ability to go almost anywhere at this point. You can always count on Andrews deeply meaningful lyrics which range from political, sarcastic, humerous, and allegorical. With every listen this record is villianously infectious. It's guilt free 80s inspired dark synth metal for the masses as only Project 86 can bring it. The perfect record for new fans. Even for a band on their 6th release.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is that synth I hear? June 21, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Rival Factions proves that all there is lying between Anberlin and Marilyn Manson is a thin layer of makeup.

While no new fans will be won over by their technical prowess, those who have long written off Project 86 for being too heavy or too aggressive could pleasantly surprised by the Cure-like elements of "Molotov", the tongue-in-cheek horror of "Pull Me Closer, Violent Dancer", or the pensive closer, "Normandy". "Sanctuary Hum" proves to be the emphatic, epic center of the album, not coincidentally with a chorus proclaiming that "This is the reason..." The rock fans who have long supported Project thru their rap-rock, defiant concept albums, self-releases, and the like will likely continue their support because they are not going to be shocked by much of any direction the band takes (though this could possibly test those "Stein" or "Ichabod" to be found here).

RF provides a playing field for Andrew Schwab's typical gambit of personal, social, and ecumenical criticism (and cynicism) in ways that Project's past releases have not. Aggression steps aside for attitude in this surprisingly synth-happy rock record. Moments of their past, distant or recent, are difficult to locate, though Schwab's personal faithful to his rants and poetry will be the ones least taken by surprise. The catchy lead single, "Evil (A Chorus of Resistance)" is perhaps the closest link to the Project 86 that you're accustomed to...and that's even a loose link. Schwab is less attached to his scream here and replaces it with tilt-your-head-forward baritone range melodies at times, and previously unheard singing shrieks at others. Though not a great singer, he makes up for any pitch problems with passion and creates more mood through his boundless energy and well-shaped, clever lyrics.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars My Least Favorite Project 86 Album
PROJECT 86 is a very good and talented band, but this just happens to be their worst album to date. Only two songs are good, and they are PUT YOUR LIPS TO THE TV and PULL ME CLOSER... Read more
Published 1 month ago by SimbaFan4
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
If you like anything they have done before now, I recomend this cd. As a long time fan I highly recomend this album.
Published 20 months ago by cmhun487
5.0 out of 5 stars Under-rated, under appreciated, but it's good.
For some reason Project 86 decided to go a completely different direction with this CD. But before I go into that, a history lesson is in order. Read more
Published on April 1, 2012 by Perraith
1.0 out of 5 stars pure, original garbage
Okay, I am going to keep this short; not because I dont have much to say, but because I dont need to "sell" the record like all the other tone-deaf listeners out there who fluffed... Read more
Published on September 3, 2009 by Joshua A. Hedetniemi
5.0 out of 5 stars Project 86 Whips Out The Synths, Fans Cower At Mad Display Of...
I must admit that I was disappointed when listening to "Rival Factions" for the first time. I was also disappointed the second and third time. Read more
Published on October 12, 2008 by Jon
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album
This is one of the few albums i can listen all the way through and not get bored of it. I can honestly say there's not one song I don't like. Read more
Published on June 21, 2008 by G. Meza
4.0 out of 5 stars 86 change in sound
Project one again time time again always has great cd's like most of the songs on here, Change in sound. Still a good cd to have. Not as loud as their past album's. Read more
Published on February 20, 2008 by Rock 27 !!!!!!!!!
4.0 out of 5 stars Project delivers again and keeps it fresh
I've been a fan of Project ever since I first saw them live at TomFest in WA at the Skamania Co. Fairgrounds, before their first release on Tooth and Nail. Read more
Published on December 31, 2007 by M. MacBradaigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Project 86 like you've never heard them before
For years I knew of Project 86, and only listened to them occasionally because their sound was just a little too heavy for my likings. Read more
Published on August 25, 2007 by Trevor R. Raichura
4.0 out of 5 stars Project 86 turns Gothic
I rated this CD with 4 stars because musiclly, lyrically and in certain songs ("Put Your Lips To The TV" for one) they have the feel of a good P86 CD but a lot of the songs have... Read more
Published on July 31, 2007 by Kevin J. Steinmetz
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