Drawing Black Lines

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Drawing Black Lines
Drawing Black Lines album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 21, 2000 (2000-03-21)
GenreNu metal, alternative metal
LabelBEC, Atlantic
ProducerGarth Richardson
Project 86 chronology
Project 86
Drawing Black Lines
Truthless Heroes
Alternative Cover
Artwork for Atlantic Records re-issue
Artwork for Atlantic Records re-issue

Drawing Black Lines is the second studio album by the American band Project 86. The success of their debut, especially the song "Pipe Dream", attracted the attention of several major record labels. Originally released on BEC Recordings on March 21, 2000, the album was reissued with Atlantic Records branding after the major label signed the band.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
College Music Journal(Positive)[2]
Cross Rhythms9/10 stars[3]
Jesus Freak Hideout5/5 stars[4]

AllMusic has described the album as "a testimony to Christendom while musically driving a fist through traditional Christian thinking."[1] Lyrically, the album takes a different thread from its predecessor, turning the mirror of introspection into a window viewing society at large.[5] The music also shows significant gains in maturity as well, advancing from a rapcore sound to one classified as metalcore or alternative metal.

One reviewer comments that "Moral lines are drawn beginning to end on this disc."[1] Lyricist Andrew Schwab states that "Drawing Black Lines is not just a catch phrase or an album title... When I am faced with challenges, my true character is revealed. And only by drawing a definite line, which separates me from every wrong choice, will I be able to be all I am meant to be."[6]

The BEC and Atlantic pressings are virtually the same. The original BEC version has a full-color booklet with a fold out on both ends of band photos. The Atlantic version is condensed into regular pages and for some reason is only in black and white. There are also minor alterations in the album artwork, as well as the CD itself.

Track list[]

All lyrics are written by Andrew Schwab; all music is composed by Project 86[7].

1."Stein's Theme"3:55
2."One-Armed Man (Play On)"3:44
3."Me Against Me"3:38
5."Set Me Up"3:07
7."A Toast to My Former Self"3:23
8."Sad Machines"4:16
9."Star (*)"4:53
10."Chapter 2"3:16
11."Open Hand"2:39
Total length:56:40


  • Andrew Schwab – vocals
  • Randy Torres – guitar, vocals, piano
  • Steven Dail – bass, guitar
  • Alex Albert – drums
  • GGGarth – producer, additional engineer
  • Brandon Ebel - executive producer
  • Andre Wahl - engineer, mixing
  • Chris Vaughn Jones - additional engineer
  • Scott Ternan - recording assistant
  • Roger Swan - mixing assistant
  • Sleepy J - digital editing
  • Alex (the Amazing Condor) Aligizakis - assisted with digital editing
  • FU - programmer
  • Richard Leighton - guitar technician
  • Chris Crippin - drum technician
  • Brian "Big Bass" Gardener - mastering
  • Shuji - band photography
  • Happenstance - sleeve design


  1. ^ Jump up to: a b c Losey, Steven. "Review: Drawing Black Lines". AllMusic.
  2. ^ Richardson, Sean (July 2000). "Drawing Black Lines review". College Music Journal (83): 60.
  3. ^ Cross Rhythms review
  4. ^ Jesus Freak Hideout review
  5. ^ Bandoppler, Treble (November–December 1999). "Project 86". HM Magazine (80): 18–21. ISSN 1066-6923.
  6. ^ Dodd, Jason (May–June 2000). "Hard and Fast". 7ball (30): 51–52. ISSN 1082-3980.
  7. ^ Sleeve notes from CD, Atlantic Records, 2000.
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