Jed Sanctuary 200
By Marcus Pan
We're going backwards today, as I've
already reviewed Jed's most recent Synesthesia release already.
Sanctuary 200 came along to me as an afterthought (along with a hat,
which I wear every sunny day of soccer practices or games). Going backwards is
a standard for me...I do it in many facets of my life.
Sanctuary 200 is Jed's debut from 2000. It's packed
with crunchy alterna-chunks of grunge moving ballads, religious complainings
and thrashy strappy stompiness. It's a bit typical, easing into the ranks of
nu-metal rockers with nary a peep, but you can see between Sanctuary 200
and Synesthesia how Jed has moved along strongly and found that maturity
of sound that makes their more recent work stand out. Historically speaking,
Sanctuary 200 is a good CD to have just to see how a common band can
become uncommonly good between releases.
On this release we have Mike Henninger (bass), Mike Peterson
(drums), Mike Carr (guitars) and Erik Heimann (vocals). I'm not sure if this is
the same crew on Synesthesia, I should check but I'm too lazy today.
Erik's voice is interesting - it's got a sinister quality to it, but sometimes
will get kind of an angsty-whine thing going. Other times it will take a more
rap-centric spitting quality to it with an excellent control of rhythm during
that. Peterson's drumming is competent but somewhat unimpressive.
Saint Betraidus starts us off, one of the faster
tunes of the album as its gets slower and grunge-like later on. A bit thrashy,
very catchy movements. Jed will mix in some 311 style vocals in the next track,
Sanctum, even a bit Limp Bizkit like.
Lincoln's Log is probably a favorite. It has
straightforward catchy guitar work and moves easily into a grungier rhythm
style while using Erik's rhythmic vocal quality to advantage. Palindrome
is Jed's opus here on Sanctuary 200 - an eleven minute grunge dirge. I
love Henninger's bass work of Minion. It's rumbling, simple yet
powerful, adding a deep seated intensity to Minion that becomes a
founding element to the song.
Lyrics of Sanctuary 200 are very well written.
Sanctum and Dan the Six Billionth Drone are examples of
well-written word play. This fact is probably Jed's main claim to fame, at
least here on Sanctuary 200. While the music itself is a bit dated, the
lyrics make up for whatever lack of musical ingenuity this first release may
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