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Treason - 2000 Code Of Silence

Jason Saunders - vocals
Karl Haug - guitars
Jim Dixon - bass
Ted Stockwell - keyboards
Peter Stern - drums

Treason ... a mix of new age melodic rock with a feel of the old seventies and eighties, mainly the Jon Lord type keyboard work. This being their second album but I think with the line up change of vocalist Jason Saunders, and the duration in between, we might as well treat this as their first album. The mention of Heart's Ann Wilson sowed a number of presumptions that were ill placed I think. The one track she sings on is very much a 'Treason with Ann Wilson' track, the rest of the album is a mix of grunge meets the new and the old with plenty of melody mixed in for good measure.

The Songs
The vocals by Jason Saunders has a strong presence, combining savvy grunge and melodic roughness, but I'm still not sure whether I quite bond with it, but it is interesting nonetheless. Strong also is the keyboard and production presence of Ted Stockwell. Lyrics by the acclaimed songwriter Sue Ennis adds a refreshing amount attention to the lyrical content that all to often seem to suffer these days.

In Summary
Treason demonstrate that they are a band of substance, where emotion and melody meet at the crossroads of past and present. An album much more likely to appeal after repeated listenings rather than the first time airing mean that this is more than superficial music. Well worth a listen, and well worth keeping an eye on too. Treason could easily prove to be a real surprise just as much as they could betray and fade into oblivion.

Track Listing:
01 Last Stand
02 Cycles
03 Supercool
04 Spinning
05 State Of Grace
06 Deff Bendir
07 Kali Ma
08 Holy Water
09 Visual
10 Cold Tears
11 Lethal (Bonus Track)

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