Sevendust guitarist John Connolly stumbled onto something quite interesting when he decided to join forces with fellow Sevendust member Vince Hornsby and Alter Bridge/Creed members Scott Phillips and Erock Friedman. The hard rock supergroup’s debut album is a familiar mixture of sounds brought collectively from their own primary projects. The pinpoint precise guitar work that Connolly honed throughout the years with Sevendust is evident throughout the course of this record. And drummer Scott Phillip’s chops are just as sharp here as if he was playing with Creed or Alter Bridge.
What is perhaps most intriguing about this record is not so much the fact that the album boasts quite the similarity to material from Sevendust, but that Connolly himself has proven to be quite the vocalist. He actually has some very strong pipes throughout the entire work. And the addition of Sevendust’s Lajon Witherspoon on ‘Bring You Back’ adds that much more flare to the song. Connolly especially shows his vocal abilities on ‘12804.’ Whereas he showed his pipes could withstand the fiercest growls on other harder rocking songs, this ballad-esque tribute to legendary guitarist Dimebag Darrell shows that he really is the real deal in terms of vocal proficiency. This slowdown is only momentary, of course, as the band instantly launches back into the more adrenaline laced sound in ‘The Crown.’ He shows that he’s just as talented as Alter Bridge front man Myles Kennedy both with his guitar work and his vocals on this song. It’s just one more of the album’s many highlights.
Another of the album’s real high points comes on its closer, ‘Breaking Me.’ After the musical onslaught of the album, this final piece will leave audiences breathless, but at the same time, feeling like they’ve experienced more than just an album. Phillips’ pounding drums and the absolutely demolishing guitar work from Connolly is like something from Sevendust’s 2007 Album, ‘Alpha.’ On the other end, the album’s opener, ‘Hello’ sounds like it could have easily fit into Sevendust’s early albums. The same applies to ‘Watch it Burn’ and the majority of this record. Anyone that’s a fan of Sevendust, Creed and/or Alter Bridge will easily find something enjoyable of their own regardless of which track they try from this disc. ‘Human’ is available in stores and online now. Fans who want to check out the band’s music and all the latest from Projected can go online now to http://www.projectedband.com, http://www.facebook.com/ProjectedBand, http://twitter.com/projected1119, and http://www.youtube.com/projected1119.
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