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     Flash Magazine (Italy)
     Progressive Rock Newsletter (Germany)
     DPRP (Netherlands)
     HardRoxx (England)
     Palladium e-Zine (Rio)
     Majestic Magazine (Netherlands)
     Portland Oregon Music Network (USA)
     Progression Magazine (USA)
     Mood Swings (Europe)
     The Atomic Chaser (USA)
     Flash Magazine (Italy)
     AOR Gatekeeper (USA)
     AOR & Melodic Rock (Denmark)
     Rock Reunion (Germany)
     Heavy Harmonies (USA)
     SFX Radio Network (USA)
     Undertow EZine (Belgium)
     Foundry Music (USA)
     Electric Basement (USA)
     On The Rocks (Germany)
     Strutter'zine (Holland) / Sound Barrier (UK) / Spin City (Belgium)
     Metal Shock Magazine (Italy)


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Metal Shock Magazine (Italy)

TREASON  "Code of Silence"
(Produced by Ted Stockwell & Ron St. Germain)  11 tracks
Ratings:  Production 5.0  Technical 4.5  Conviction 4.5  Personality 5.0
5 Stars Overall

I have been anxiously awaiting the second CD of the American Band Treason. You might remember the flattering review I wrote on the first album a couple of years ago. And now the band, led by keyboard player Ted Stockwell, is appearing on the scene with their new CD entitled Code of Silence. With the first CD, we saw a band with infinite capability to write and execute excellent compositions. With the new CD, it is confirmed.

Code of Silence highlights even more of the superb abilities of these five musicians from Seattle. The music on this CD is even more incredible than in the past. Omnipresent and majestical keyboards, sharp and rockin’ guitars, and a powerful rhythm section, precise as a Swiss watch, are the basic ingredients of the Treason sound. To these elements are added vibrant and powerful vocals. Which brings me to this point - much of the success of this CD is due to the joining of the new and extraordinary vocalist Jason Saunders. With his rich tone, power and range - his voice is incredible. It is warm and gritty and, in my opinion, is the rock voice of the new millennium.

The ten songs on this CD are a delicacy for the ears. The mix and sound have been well attended to. The production is equal to that of any major, which adds to the success of this work. To appreciate this CD, it would be enough just to hear the first track, "Last Stand." After a rich and powerful intro, it explodes into a breathtaking refrain that will get stuck in your head. The magnificent "Cycles," which reminds us of Queensryche from the Empire era, with a mysterious atmosphere, would be fitting for radio airplay. The musical lines in "State of Grace" will carry you away with a simple and effective chorus, which makes you realize the great value of this album.

As with their last album, Treason has hosted many well-known musicians. This album is no exception with the dreamy and nocturnal ballad "Cold Tears," where the mythical voice of Ann Wilson from Heart appears in the ‘duet of the year’ that will put you into a dreamy trance.

As I have said, the new CD is on an elevated level of quality. Don’t hesitate to make Code of Silence yours, because in my opinion, it has already entered into the top ten list of the year 2000.

For contact, visit their web site at www.treason.net.

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Strutter'zine (Holland) / Sound Barrier Magazine (UK) / Spin City Magazine (Belgium)

TREASON — Code of Silence (Waterstreet, 2001)

Three years on from Treason's excellent self-titled debut album, and the band are back with their brand spanking second album Code Of Silence. This band have been helped along the way by Billy Sherwood and Alan White from Yes.

Things blast off with "Last Stand" this is a very powerful song with lots of keys and great axe work from Karl Haug. Treason remind me of loads of different bands, this song is amazing, lots of power and energy, reminding me a bit of Mars Electric, World Trade, Harem Scarem/Rubber, Voxen, Spocks Beard, and Hit The Ground Running, a glorious start.

The second track is a beautiful piano led song that has a slight Kings X similarity on the vocal front, these guys rock, and this song suddenly leaps into gear when Jason Saunders steps up his voice to a level that sits alongside Gary Schutt. Great song, great lyrics.

"Supercool" is superfantastic, "Spinning" is a ballad, and a bloody good one, "State of Grace" is heavier a'la Spock's Beard and Arena, "Deff Bendir" is a spacey tune that you may find Dream Theater or Steve Vai recording, "Kali Ma" is a little different in style, "Holy Water" is one of the albums best tracks, this song has lots of guitars etc.. "Visual" is a super atmospheric song a'la Spock's Beard and Yes.

"Cold Tears" is a huge song, very much like Whitesnake, especially on the vocal front, this is my favourite song of the album. The final track "Lethal" is also a top song. Treason have made a totally superb record, I'm finding myself playing this over and over again, there is so much to enjoy with Code Of Silence, so if you want to check it out, and I stongly urge you to, then contact the band at http://www.treason.net

Rating:  8.5 out of 10 (Review By Nicky Baldrian)

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On The Rocks (Germany)

TREASON  "Code of Silence"
(Waterstreet)
Tracklist: Last Stand / Cycles / Supercool / Spinning / State Of Grace / Deff Bendir / Kali Ma / Holy Water / Visual / Cold Tears / Lethal (bonus track)
Playing time: 49:24 min.
Line-up: Karl Haug (guitars), Jim Dixon (bass), Jason Saunders (vocals), Pete Stern (drums), Ted Stockwell (keyboards)
Guest musicians: John Giblin (bass), Ann Wilson (vocals)
Producer: Ted Stockwell, Ron Saint-Germain

I must prepare, that the fans of traditional Hard Rock will kill me, when I write something positive about Treason. Why? Well, Treason are playing modern Rock music with big Alternative and Grunge influences. You can believe me, that I´m usually no friend of music like this, but Treason proved wrong many of my prejudices.

Sometimes it´s interesting to listen different styles of music and the band around mastermind Ted Stockwell is definitely worth to do. I´m not so deep in this style of music, so I can´t make any clear comparisons with other acts or see a closest relative. From their promo-sheet I know, that co-producer Ron St. Germain already worked for bands like Soundgarden, U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tool. So I think, that Treason are moving somewhere between these acts. But I have to mention, that their music has some very positive vibes and doesn´t sound depressive like Soundgarden or Tool. Sure, the voice of Jason Saunders sounds very melancholic, but the beautiful melodies he is singing to, equalize that.

The most positive fact for lovers of AOR and Melodic Rock is the circumstance, that Ann Wilson of Heart did the vocals on the beautiful duet "Cold Tears", that was also co-written by her. To find out more about Treason, visit their website at: www.treason.net

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Electric Basement (USA)

TREASON — Code of Silence
(Waterstreet)

By Brian Coles

It's nice to see new bands fighting the fight without sounding forced or awkwardly derivative.  Treason, nodding in one part to the Cult's pensive soulfulness, and in another, the sharper, less carefree hard rock of the '90s.  Not alternative or bounce metal for sure, but not Winger or Def Leppard either.  In fact they are tightly wound right in between the polar extremes.  Almost prog at times actually.

This works more often than not.  "Last Stand" has that epic sweep that foreshadows much of the album's delivery.  "Spinning" uses that late 70s, early 80s keyboard intro you forgot was so killer when done right.  Very Gillan-esque.  Lead singer Jason Saunders practices a restrained Ian Astbury on much of the material, yet let's it rip often enough to jar the lazy listener into submission.  The best track on the album is the artfully conceived, hooky "State of Grace."  Pumping guitars and masterfully delivered vocals make this a perfect single candidate.

The band's talents, for the most part, are in the seriousness at which they execute.  However, there is a hunger for the band to burst out a bit more.  Also,  warmer tones would be a perfect addition to the mix, allowing for a fuller sound and more resonance.  Of note, the album includes a worthy bonus track in "Lethal", a bluesy yet modern piece that rounds out the collection nicely.

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Foundry Music (USA)

Artist:    TREASON
Title:    Code of Silence
Label:    Waterstreet
Internet:   
http://www.treason.net
Song reviewed:    "Last Stand"
Rating:    3 stars

When I first received this disc and saw that the package came from Washington, home of such bands as Queensryche, Heart, and more recently Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains, the first thing I thought was "goddammit, not another grunge disc!" (shows you how open-minded I am, huh?)... I am pleased to say that this is not a grunge disc, and bears little resemblance to one. Treason is as close to a meat & potatoes rock band I've heard in a while.

"Last Stand" is the first track on Treason 's second disc, Code of Silence, and is the strongest example of the kind of music these guys are capable of. It begins with some keyboard/synthesizer, and quickly picks with drums and dirty guitars. Instruments just keep filling in until you get hit with this wall of sound when the lyrics begin. I'd like to see these guys play live, because bands that can pull this kind of arrangement off are few and far between these days (usually the "wall of sound" is created in the studio)...

One of the biggest reasons this song is being reviewed above any other is that it's catchy as hell. We like hooks around here, and if you can write a song that serves 'em up effectively, then we like you too. the vocal melody in the pre-chorus and chorus is so instantly hummable, and these guys pull off the vocal harmonies very well. If you can get people to remember your music after one listen, you've done your job as a songwriter.

Lyrically, it's another "kiss my ass, you bitch" breakup song...which is fine, because once the chorus hits, you can feel the rage that was flowing when this song was being crafted. Keyboard player Ted Stockwell has a writing or co-writing credit on almost every song, so I'm guessing it was him that got dumped and took his rage out in the form of "Last Stand"...Well done, sir!

As far as the Seattle/grunge/alternative influence, it's there in a minor capacity; there are a few guitar runs in the solo and toward the end that are reminiscent of Kim Thayil's playing from Soundgarden, but nothing terribly recognizable.

Treason has serious talent and serious potential... They could definitely get a deal with a foreign label and tour internationally... However, their sound isn't at all dated, so they stand a chance of getting signed stateside. Either way, these guys should be around for a while.

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Undertow EZine (Belgium)

TREASON — Code of Silence
(Waterstreet)

This is the second Treason Productions full length album this band releases. From the first listen I was blown away by how professional and tight this band sounds. These five musicians have pinned together eleven excellent melodic rock songs. Treason hails from Seattle and they have some grunge influences in their sound but those are just minor influences. The songs on this disk are catchy as hell and featuring the amazing powerful voice of Jason Saunders. On the beautiful sad track "Cold Tears" we hear Jason do a duet with Ann Wilson (Heart). This results in goose bumps and chills for more than six minutes. Overall we can say that Treason is an extremely talented band with a bright future in front of them. Get this before these guys become world famous. (Rating: 9 out of 10)

Bruno Van de Velde

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SFX Radio Network (USA)

TREASON — Code of Silence
(Waterstreet)

So much music crosses my desk that it takes something really spectacular to catch my ear. Such is the case with the new Treason Code Of Silence CD. From the first notes I found myself hooked.

Code Of Silence is a straight-ahead rock’n’roll album with a sound that is a cross between Seattle grunge (ala Alice In Chains) and old school rock. Ted Stockwell’s unusual guitar-like keyboard work shines throughout this CD, as does Jason Saunders’ strong lead vocals. The band is rounded out by Peter Stern, Karl Haug and Jim Dixon.

Stand-out tracks for me include the all-out-in-yer-face rock sounds of "Last Stand" and "State Of Grace," as well as the more Seattle sounding "Cycles" and "Spinning." Of course, my non-plus-ultra on the album is the ballad "Cold Tears," which features guest vocals by the heart of Heart, Ann Wilson. Sue Ennis (of Ann & Nancy Wilson’s side project, The Lovemongers) lent her songwriting prowess to round out this amazing effort by what I believe is one of THE up and coming rock bands of the new millennium. Check out Treason and give a listen to the clips at their website at www.treason.net and I am sure you will agree with me that this Seattle-based band RAWKS!!

Kat Campbell

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AOR Gatekeeper (USA)

TREASON — Code of Silence
(2001, Waterstreet)

I was fortunate enough to receive a promo copy of this cd from the band and all I can say that I am glad that they sent it to me! TREASON is has a sound that I would compare mostly to the band The Cult. I also here some touches of Alice In Chains and maybe some Stone Temple Pilots at times.

The standout tracks for me would probably have to be "Spinning", "State Of Grace", "Holy Water", "Visual" (This song really reminds me of The Cult and has a great riff going on!) and probably the best track on the cd is "Cold Tears" which features Ann Wilson of HEART on vocals.

TREASON is as follows:
Karl Haug: Guitars
Jim Dixon: Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
Jason Saunders: Lead & Backing Vocals
Pete Stern: Drums & Percussion, Backing Vocals
Ted Stockwell: Keyboards

The production on this disc is top notch and the band sounds really tight. I would have to say the band definitely has a more modern sound, so all of you old school AOR/Melodic Rock fans may not get into them quite like I did, but if you keep an open mind I think most people will like what TREASON can do! This band probably won't be for everyone, but if you liked the bands in the vein of The Cult & Alice In Chains I strongly recommend this CD.

A little background on Code of Silence. Treason worked very closely with Sue Ennis, (longtime lyricist with Heart and the Lovemongers), on this album as did long time friend of the band, John Giblin, who contributed bass tracks on a couple of songs on Code of Silence. He is truly a great bass player who can be heard all over the music industry on CDs by Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Simple Minds, Kate Bush, etc. It was great to have the creative input Ann Wilson of Heart had for "Cold Tears", a song in which she contributes vocals to. Ron St. Germain mixed and contributed additional production to the CD. Ron has been the mix genius behind some great recordings from bands like Soundgarden, U2, Creed, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Living Color, 311, and Tool. The people behind the band added to the already rich palette they created — and their contributions speak highly of Treason's caliber of artistry.

The release in the US will be October 15 on the Waterstreet label. The album cover art will change and the release title of the album will be "Spinning".

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AOR & Melodic Rock (Denmark)

TREASON — Code of Silence
(Waterstreet)

Seattle band Treason is a total new experience to me. They released their debut album in 1998 with the help of Alan White, Billy Sherwood and Igor Khoroshev from Yes.

This time around Treason featuring collaboration with lyricist Sue Ennis and Heart vocalist Ann Wilson together with bassist John Giblin from Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush fame and additional producer Ron St. Germain, who has been working with people like Soundgarden, Tool and Living Colour. And the music from this "young" band is as complex as it seems.

From the very first stroke on the first tune "Last stand" the five-pice sends the listeners on a musical journey that includes some melodic, grungy tunes with outstanding vocal work from Jason Saunders and a sense for the dramatic moments. Keyboard player and main producer Ted Stockwell plays a leading role, too. His keys sounds like guitars from time to time and gives the sound a very special feeling. But also the guitar work from Karl Haug is thick, dynamic and very powerful indeed.

My favourites on the album are "State of Grace" with the catchy chorus and the marvellous solo by Karl Haug, "Cold Tears" featuring Ann Wilson but also the two Asian influenced tracks "Deff Bendir" and "Kali Ma" makes Code of Silence to a very special and enjoyable experience.

If you like the combination of melodic rock and grunge Treason deliever a very listenable piece of well produced, well played and well sunged album - very special, very good!

Steen Peitersen

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Rock Reunion (Germany)

TREASON — Code of Silence
(Waterstreet, 2001)

Soundgarden are dead, long live Treason. Five young musicians from Seattle, the hometown of grunge, come up with a very interesting 11-track album. They already had a self-titled debut out in 1997, but I don't have a copy of it. So I only can tell you about this new output. And I really like it! In fact, it is one of the best self-releses I've heard in the last months. Not only the packaging (beautiful fold-out booklet with lyrics, pics and info) is top-notch, also the musical content is first class.

Of course the voice of singer Jason Saunders has some similarities to other Seattle crooners like Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) or Layne Staley (Alice In Chains), but it would be unfair to call Treason a Soundgarden rip-off. The influences range from Led Zeppelin over Tool, King's X and even Dream Theater to the above mentioned Seattle heroes. Just like Soundgarden in their best days, Treason are able to offer an album full of modern and varied rock songs, never getting boring or monotonous. From straight rockers like the opener "Last Stand" over psychedelic ("Kali Ma") or atmospheric midtempo tracks like "Deff Bendir" and "Visual" to ballads like "Spinning" and "Cold Tears" this album offers much more than one could expect from the average self-release. This album has major standard! A major record deal should only be a question of time.

Some interesting facts about the band: Treason worked very closely with Sue Ennis (longtime lyricist with Heart and the Lovemongers) on this album as did long time friend of the band, John Giblin (Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Simple Minds, Kate Bush), who contributed bass tracks on a couple of songs on "Code of Silence". Ann Wilson of Heart contributed vocals to "Cold Tears". Ron St. Germain (Soundgarden, U2, Creed, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Living Color, 311, and Tool) mixed and contributed additional production to the CD. That's what I call namedropping at its best! But it even gets better! Some other songs were tracked for the album, including "Mephisto", written by Ann & Nancy Wilson, Sue Ennis, Karl Haug (guitar player) and Ted Stockwell (producer, keyboarder and main songwriter of Treason). Alan White (Yes) played drums, Billy Sherwood (Yes) added acoustic guitar, John Giblin added a fretless bass for parts of the song and Igor Khoroshev (Yes) helped out with keyboards. It ended up being 74 channels of audio... but during mix, Ron Saint Germain, Sue Ennis and Ted didn't feel it as strong an offering as the remainder of the album. It was cut. Treason must be very self- confident if they don't need to include a track with three members of the mighty Yes on their album!

This album is almost too good for a self-release. "State Of Grace" is my favourite, it has a wonderful chorus. The release in the US will be October 15 on the Waterstreet label. The album cover art will change and the release title of the album will be "Spinning". Get this album, under the name "Code Of Silence" (it might become a rarity, a collector's item) or "Spinning".

Rating: 9
Review by: RAGE

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Heavy Harmonies (USA)

TREASON — Code of Silence
(Waterstreet, 2001)

Personnel:
Karl Haug guitars
Jim Dixon bass, bass pedals, backing vocals
Jason Saunders lead and backing vocals
Pete Stern drums, percussion, backing vocals
Ted Stockwell keyboards
Ann Wilson guest vocals

I wanted to hate this album. Really, I did. Normally I absolutely despise grunge, but this album isn't your typical grunge album. It incorporates many of the "hooks" that we love about melodic rock. ... Seriously though, this effort has a solid basis both in the "Seattle Sound" of the mid-90s, as well as strong melodic elements. It's definitely a unique sound. This sophomore effort from the band is very polished and extremely tight, much more so than one might expect. Great attention was paid to the production/mix of this album, and it pays great dividends.

Keyboards are everpresent, and the lead vocalist has a very strong, confident voice. Just when you think a song might be getting mired in some raw alternarock, a burst of melody makes you do an aural double-take. It's definitely an interesting listen. Of note is the guest appearance of Ann Wilson (Heart) doing duet vocals on "Cold Tears." The song lineup is predominantly rockers, with the obligatory ballad or two throne in. In fact, I especially like the ballad "Spinning," a powerful standout! The instrumental "Deff Bendir" adds an innovative "progressive" edge to the album. If you like a modern sound, yet do not want to foresake powerful vocals or strong harmonies, this will be the perfect album for you! Great job, guys!

Rating (0-100):   84 (Quite good. Wholeheartedly recommended!)

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Flash Magazine (Italy)

TREASON — Code of Silence
(Waterstreet, 2001)

Rating: 90

Second stunning album from the American band headed by Ted Stockwell (keyb), here helped by the songwriting of Sue Ennis (also with Heart), the appearances of Ann Wilson (Heart) on "Cold Tears" and John Giblin (Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, Simple Minds) playing his bass on few tracks. The paced "Last stand" opens this CD reminding a heavier version of Prophet and World Trade, while "Cycles" has a royal strength similar to "Empire" by Queensryche.

Other good moments are "Spinning", a ballad full of pathos, "Kali Ma" (Queensryche again plus Dream Theater) and the dreamy ballad "Cold Tears", one of the best songs of "COS" with a great duet between Ann Wilson and Jason Saunders. How will they have to wait for a record deal?

Contact them at www.treason.net

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The Atomic Chaser (USA)

TREASON — Code of Silence
(Waterstreet, 2001)

Here is one CD that has been really getting some serious play in my player. 'Code Of Silence' by Washington based rockers, TREASON, is a adrenaline rush of a listen from start to finish. Treason are, Karl Haug on guitars, Jim Dixon on bass guitar, Jason Saunders on lead vocals, Pete Stern on drums and Ted Stockwell on keyboards. Together these fine group of musicians have formed a sound that echoes such bands like the Cult and Alice In Chains and have made it uniquely their own and given rock music fans in the new millennium a reason to believe that there are still bands that can make great music. The other thing is that its proof that there are still great rock bands to come out of the Seattle other than bands like, Pearl Jam or Nirvana.

What impressed me the most about Treason is the energy in the band's delivery of their music. Music that has substance you can, not only hear, but also feel. This could not be more evident that on the opening track, "Last Stand", a straight ahead guitar charged rocker, courtesy of the versatile guitar work of Karl Haug, that goes for the throat. Jason Saunder's vocals are powerful and gives the listener a clear picture of the point that he is getting across in his words. "Cycles", is a moody number that should have Queensryche fans undivided attention. The super prime mover, "State Of Grace" to the hypnotic seduction of "Kali Ma", are just more reason why this is a band to be reckoned with. Ann Wilson of Heart makes a guest appearance on the melodic gem, "Cold Tears" and I have to say, Ms. Wilson, sounds great as ever.

Treason is a band that I would consider as one the "New Breed" of rock bands to emerge in this new millennium. I say this because, with the state that rock music has been in the last few years, rock bands today are going back to the basics of rock music and infusing it with new ideas and letting their artistic creativity be the driving force versus having some big record label telling them how they should sound. 'Code Of Silence', is a good example of the musician letting their music do the talking. If you haven't heard of Treason yet, it would be wise to check out, 'Code Of Silence', because once the word is out, the silence will be broken and you won't left out on listening to one of the best new and up coming rock bands who have their sights on worldwide recognition. A brilliant release that comes highly recommended.

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Mood Swings (Europe)

TREASON — Code of Silence
(Waterstreet, 2001)

Rating: 81%

Treason are new band trying to make it in the big bad world of rock. To help them make this album, they enlisted the help of Sue Ennis (lyricist with Heart), John Giblin (Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Simple Minds, Kate Bush,...) and Ron St Germain (mix man for Soundgarden, U2, Creed, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Living Color, 311 & Tool). As I'll mention later Heart's Ann Wilson also helps out.

With the exception of Heart, those are a list of people not closely associated with AOR or melodic rock and that maybe gives a clue as to where Treason are coming from. This is melodic rock, but with a contemporary twist. When it came to thinking of comparisons for Treason Voice of Reason era Harem Scarem was the first one that floated to the surface, not because of the sound, but the approach to creating a contemporary Melodic Rock album. The also happen to hail from Seattle which I guess is bit clue as to where they are coming from.

"Last Stand" starts the album off with a big sound that highlights the band's dark style, but don't worry this isn't an out and out grunge-fest. That darkness is very much evident on "Cycles" which plods along in a Pearl Jam kind of way. If the first two tunes don't do much for you (and that is case for me), then "Supercool" is much better prospect. This one steps up the pace and adds more of sense of melody, giving us the best tune on the album. The band do their best Tangerine Dream impressions at the start of "Spinning" which is a mellow ballad. This song highlights the deep rich quality of the vocals that are impressive throughout the album. On the downside the tune does feature an annoying drum machine clicking sound during the verses that had me wondering if there was a fault with my CD player, but I guess it does give the song a more contemporary feel. "State Of Grace" is another mid-tempo number similar in style to the opening two numbers, but with a more memorable chorus. As is becoming the norm on the album the swirling keyboards are brought in to fill out the sound and give the choruses more impact. "Deff Bendir" is suitability off the wall instrumental that seems to take on a new dimension when listened to using headphones. "Deff Bendir" leads into "Kali Ma". If the preceding instrumental gets your brain ticking, then "Kali Ma" will finally make it click that it was King Crimson that you were struggling to think of. These two tunes add a new dimension to the album and add a sense of depth. For "Holy Water" it is back to more traditional rock fare with a by comparison mundane mid-tempo rocker. "Visual" has the band back on more solid ground. 'Cold Tears' is duet with Heart's Ann Wilson fulfilling the female role. Unsurprisingly this is a slow ballad very much in the style of Heart and is one of the album highlights. "Lethal" is billed as a bonus track which I usually find means 'avoid!'. But with Treason "Lethal" really is a bonus. It is a slow burning rocker that takes off with one of the best choruses on the album.

As a result of bypassing on the August update to the web site I've had longer than normal to listen to this before writing the review. In that time I've gone from initially thinking it was a fairly OK melodic rock album, to picking up only on the more 'Seattle' side of things and wondering if I'd ever listen to it after writing this review. After a good few more listens, the album has grown on me again and I'm sure I'll be listening to it after this review has been completed and posted online. This is an album that manages to give the sometimes tired world of melodic rock a kick up the arse.

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Progression Magazine (USA)

TREASON — Code of Silence
(Waterstreet, 2001 CD, 49:26)

Style: Progressive metal
Sound: HHH Composition: HHH Musicianship: HHH
Performance: HHH Total rating: 12

Don’t be fooled: Treason purveys a hard-rock sound that emphasizes its Seattle roots more than any overt prog-rock or prog-metal influences. But this is definitely not a grunge band, even though lead singer Jason Saunders looks frighteningly similar to the late Shannon Hoon, vocalist for alterna-rockers Blind Melon. Saunders’s deep, flirting-with-angst voice, more than anything else on Code Of Silence, is what makes this five-piece sound -- at least vocally -- like Pearl Jam in spots. But Pearl Jam never wrote a song as wonderfully eclectic as the Middle Eastern-tinged instrumental "Deff Bendir," or one as full of quirky and fun power chords as "Supercool." And Vedder wouldn’t be caught dead singing a duet with Heart’s Ann Wilson. Yet on the gut-wrenching "Cold Tears" (co-written by Wilson), Saunders and the rest of Treason play as if to an arena packed with flickering lighters.

But where, you might ask, are the progressive elements? Well, progressive is in the ears of the listener. To these ears, tunes like "State of Grace" (a joyful scorcher) and the erratic "Kali Ma" defy genre categories and stand on their own as distinct and entertaining pieces of music. Consider this: Treason’s self-titled first disc sounded even less progressive with a different singer, and Yes drummer Alan White and former Yes bassist Billy Sherwood sat in on some of those sessions. However you classify Treason, this disc bridges the gap between alternative, metal, pop and prog quite nicely. It’s also a good argument against genres mattering at all.

-- Michael Popke

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Portland Oregon Music Network (USA)

TREASON — Code of Silence
(Waterstreet, 2001)

The upcoming release from Treason goes by name of Code Of Silence, but is undergoing some artwork changes and perhaps a song or two added, and will be released under the title SPINNING. This Bellevue-based band first grabbed my attention with their 1997 self-titled debut CD, which I found to be a great return to "thinking man's music". It featured such great guest musicians as Billy Sherwood and Alan White from Yes, as well as some of Yes' influence but seemed a bit darker.

I was lucky enough to get my sticky little hands on this advance copy of CODE, (or Spinning) and am quite impressed. New vocalist Jason Saunders has co-written the album with lyricist Sue Ennis (she wrote much of Heart's material) which I tend to think lightens up this album considerably.

The album opens with "Last Stand" - a delightfully heavy sounding track which seems to deal with a bad relationship gone worse. "SuperCool" begins with a cool keyboard intro, then takes on an almost Dio-like sound with powerful vocals and the shreiking guitars of Karl Haug. "Spinning," the title track-to-be is a profoundly deep tune- a sad but dreamily balladesque end-of-love song. Perhaps my favorite track on this album at this time is a rather hypnotic instrumental- "Deff Bendir" - is a Ted Stockwell synthfest that is nothing short of a mindblower with it's dynamics and interesting tempo. "Kali Ma" follows in the same footsteps, yet leaves me with a burning question: what is Kali Ma? The lyrics seem to create somewhat of a riddle, but it's a killer tune nonetheless. Another fave is "Cold Tears," which features supplementary vocals by Ann Wilson ( a voice I can never hear enough of) and bass by John Giblin (from Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, and more). Look for this album early next year- as SPINNING.

If you want to know more about Treason, I suggest you hop right on over to www.treason.net.

Bob Cooper

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Majestic Magazine (Netherlands)

TREASON — Code of Silence
(Waterstreet, 2001)

Quite a good album this Code Of Silence by Treason. This is their second album, but I havenąt heard their debut, so I canąt compare it to that. In fact itąs quite hard to compare it to anything I usually listen to. The band heads from Seattle and certainly get some of their influences from the contemporary sounding bands over there. But if this were grunge, the album wouldnąt have made it to the reviews section of this magazine, although I must say the first two songs are on the edge. After that the quality of the songs goes up quite a bit, at least in my opinion.

Jason Saunders has a rather moody voice which I had to get accustomed to at first. But after listening to the album a couple of times it becomes clear he is one hell of a talent. Just listen to the end of "SuperCool" or to the fascinating ballad "Spinning." He sounds a bit like Ian Astbury (The Cult) but less strained. Still his voice is very intense. Intense is the right description for "State Of Grace" as well, which I think is one of the best songs on the album, together with "Cold Tears," a duet with my favorite female vocalist Ann Wilson. Ann's not the only veteran who has contributed on this album, by the way. All of the lyrics have been (co-) written by Sue Ennis (lyricist for Heart as well) and John Giblin (who played with Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, Simple Minds) plays bass on both my favorite songs.

This is no album for people who are only into the old stuff, but if you have an open mind and for instance like the new Babylon A.D. (another example of Melodic Rock in a modern coating) Code Of Silence might be just for you.

Rating: 80%

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Palladium e-Zine (Rio)

TREASON — Code of Silence
(Waterstreet, 2001)

Treason is a American Band based originally on a studio recording project, the band was formed back in late 1996 by Ted Stockwell. Jim Dixon had played with Ted in a previous band. Most recently, the band has added Jason Saunders as their new lead vocalist. It has been a very natural fit ‹ the band is at home playing together and hangs together like the old buddies they are.

Treason is a band with infinite capability to execute an excellent American Hard Rock. It's nice to hear new bands plaing the original and the best Hard Rock like the American old bands, no sounding forced and not very intricate, they are originals with sincere work and a music of high quality. I can say that, Treason´s musicians have worked together to show us a great and excellent Hard Rock with melodic songs, adding positive strings and balanced percussion and also strong, powerful and nice vocals.

Code of Silence is the second Treason Productions full length album, with eleven songs on this CD. The special attention is to Sue Annis´s lyrics collaboration, she has been part of the Heart Band also to Ann Wilson from Heart on vocals in "Cold Tears". Treason is: Karl Haug - Guitars, Jim Dixon - Bass guitar, bass pedals, backing vocals, Jason Saunders - Lead & backing vocals, Pete Stern - Drums & percussion, backing vocals, Ted Stockwell - Keyboards. Special Guests: John Giblin - Bass on "State of Grace", "Cold Tears", and "Visual" (verses), Ann Wilson - Vocals on "Cold Tears". All Songs Arranged and Performed By Treason. Excellent and indispensable work, high recommendable...

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HardRoxx e-Zine (England)

TREASON — Spinning
(Waterstreet, 2001)

Treason are a new American Hard Rock band who have a very modern approach to their style of music. I think that I'm right in saying that they are based in Seattle and it seems that the infamous Seattle sound has rubbed off onto them. Bands like Soundgarden, Alice in Chains and the like would be good reference points, only this band have more melody about them.

They've managed to get Ann Wilson to help out on Cold Tears a song that she co wrote as well as sang on. They've also got long time Heart songwriter Sue Ennis helping out with various lyrics which is probably where they get their melody from.

The album has been mixed by Ron Saint Germain who has worked with Tool and Creed amongst others and he has given the band a rich and warm sound that compliments the vocals of Jason Saunders who does nothing but shine all the way through this CD.

Songs like Spinning, Cycles and the aforementioned Cold Tears show a real depth of songwriting and although this style of music is not really me, I can still appreciate this for the classy release that it is. The band have a website at www.treason.net so check them out and buy their CD even if it's just so that you get to hear the superb song that is State of Grace.

7/10 Rob Evans

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DPRP e-Zine (Netherlands)

TREASON — Code of Silence
(Waterstreet, 2001)

Country of Origin: USA
Format: CD
Catalogue #
Time: 49:26
Info: www.treason.net
Tracklist: Last Stand (4:09), Cycles (5:49), Supercool (3:40), Spinning (4:26), State Of Grace (3:53), Deff Bendir (3:48), Kali Ma (4:20), Holy Water (4:22), Visual (4:24), Cold Tears (6:06), Lethal (bonus track) (4:32)

I hadn't heard of Treason before, but this album rocks. Treason came together in 1996 when keyboard player Ted Stockwell formed the band out of an original based studio project. Bass player Jim Dixon joined Ted after already playing together in several bands, followed by Karl Haug (guitars) and Pete Stern (drums & percussion). Recently Jason Saunders was recruited as their new singer, who in several songs reminds me of Ritual singer Patrik Lindstrom.

The Seattle based band has contacts in the music industry. On their first production, simply called Treason, they were accompanied by Alan White, Billy Sherwood and Igor Khoroshev from Yes. This new album contains contributions of bass player John Giblin (Phil Collins, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel and Simple Minds to mention some) and singer Ann Wilson of Heart. Lyrically they collaborate with Sue Ennis, also known for her work with Heart. Ron St. Germain mixed and contributed additional production to the CD. In the past Ron worked with bands like Soundgarden, U2, Creed, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Living Color.

The sound of Treason combines the Seattle grunge scene (Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains and Soundgarden) with hard rock and progressive metal (Voxen, King's X, Queensryche and Dream Theater) and additional features of progressive rock (Spock's Beard and World Trade). Overall based on a very American vein, although the musical direction contains the spontanity and the power of the first Ritual release, very recognizable in a track like Kali Ma.

The result of the above is very powerful album, featuring eleven tracks, which likes to bring the listener in a state of amazement. It blasts off with the powerful and very energetic track Last Stand. Layers of keyboards are combined with the great guitar contributions of Karl Haug. Already in the second track the gas is pulled back with the ballad Cycles, a beautiful piano and acoustic guitar dominated song, with King's X similarities in the vocal parts of Jason Saunders and strong hammond additions in the chorusses. It carries the strenght of a good Queensryche release, during their highlighted years in the late eighties early nineties. After an Arabic alike outtro the song runs into the pumping Supercool, which leads straight into the second ballad on the album Spinning, that opens with very atmospheric keyboards in an almost Tangerine Dream alike vein.

Other strong songs, which come straight to the surface by first listening, are the duet with Ann Wilson in the Whitesnake alike Cold Tears, the atmospheric Visual and the guitar dominated Holy Water, which probably is the best track on the album. Also the Arabic orientated instrumental Deff Bendir needs to be mentioned.

Strange enough this band doesn't need the name dropping at all. Their music is mature enough to stand on it's own. I've got the feeling this band rocks on stage and has potention to grow on future releases. This album grows on you the more you're willing to give it a listen.

Conclusion: 8 out of 10.

Wilco Barg

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Progressive Rock Newsletter (Germany)

TREASON — Spinning
(Waterstreet, 2001)

You can get as crazy as Professor Vorabexemplare and seem terribly self important when you have the dubious pleasure of getting CDs weeks or even months before the general public. You can also go crazy if a new CD has a note attached to it saying that this album will be renamed, the artwork will changed and some songs added and some removed. One such song omitted completely is Mephisto which features guest musicians Alan White, Billy Sherwood and Igor Khoroshev - half of Yes - because apparently that offering didn't make the cut. Hey, why not go the extra step and press the music backwards and add a Turkish prison choir from Surinam or Bahrain in the final pressing?

All right, enough whining. Treason follows up it's self-titled 1997 debut with Spinning (pre-release title Code of Silence, which it is still called, but enough of that already). On their debut they had Alan White and Billy Sherwood of Yes guesting - this time guest musicians John Giblin (among other things Phil Collins, Simple Minds, Kate Bush) and especially Ann Wilson (Heart - and still a great voice after all these years) give this album a high profile.

Stylistically, Treason moves easily between hard rock, AOR and progressive music. It's a typically American production: fat sound, professional arrangements, great voices - hard rock, which hits you in the gut and knocks you out. The speed of the album is mid tempoed, however tempos are pushed slower in the urgent ballad Cold Tears (with Ann Wilson), and toyed with in the unusual instrumental Deff Bendir.

A hard-edged, mainstream album, rich with good ideas, though not exactly progressive. Overall, wonderfully interesting straight ahead rock. KS

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Flash Magazine (Italy)

TREASON — Code of Silence
(Waterstreet, 2001)

We close this month with Code of Silence, the second highly addictive album by the American band Treason, lead by Ted Stockwell. Helped with the songwriting contributions of Sue Ennis (Heart) and from the participation of Ann Wilson (Heart) on Cold Tears, John Giblin providing some low end support and the production wizardry and Ron Saint Germain (Soundgarden, Tool ,Creed) the quintet offer eleven fantastic songs.

Right from the get go with the rhythmic opener, Last Stand, I'm getting flavors of Prophet and World Trade. The expressive force of this powerful band is reconfirmed in Cycles, a masterpiece worthy of Queensryche's Empire period. Spinning is a ballad full of pathos, State of Grace and Visual take more progressive paths (as evidenced by the build in the chorus of Visual) and the instrumental Deff Bendir evidences a great instrumental harmony. Karl Haug and Jason Saunders are outstanding on the heavy Kali Ma, a track obviously infused with bits of Queensryche and Dream Theater, and a variation on Chapter 23's complexity is demonstrated in Holy Water, with a very large payoff in the chorus. The second ballad Cold Tears sees Jason Saunders in a dreamy duet with Ann Wilson, resulting in one of the best songs on an album, an album from a band which should soon be signed. Treason is surely one of the best from the world of the unsigned bands - they must be signed. That is all for me ... we feel ourselves waiting at least a month for another name worthy to be discovered!

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