Sounding more crestfallen than a teenage girl who’s caught her older sister making out with her boyfriend in their bathroom, Projected are a minor supergroup filled with yearning. That’s no bad thing given that it’s made up of members of Sevendust, Alter Bridge and Creed, who all do longing very well indeed.
Full-on yearning from Sevendust and Alter Bridge members
Which is not to say that Human is an exercise in abstract navel gazing accompanied by a forlorn acoustic guitar – this is an album set to stun. Sevendust fans won’t be surprised by the tenor of the songs here: lofty, broad and with an unrelenting impact.
Projected are at their best in songs like Hello and Alive, both destined to be banner-waving favourites, but also architects of their own undoing in a song like The Crown, which sounds like it failed to make the last A Perfect Circle album. There’s little nuance here either– everything’s set to a blistering 11 – but it’s a small gripe for an album that’s more than accomplished at grandstanding.