When I first heard Jane Doe, I hated it. I was used to The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Beethoven; basically just bands that ripped off Converge in some way in an alternate reality. Little did I know that one fateful night, my girlfriend Tanya would dump me and I would fall in love with Converge's 2001 masterpiece Jane Doe.
This album is 45 minutes of anger. You think you know anger? Korn - that are pretty angry right? Think again. So, if Korn is not angry, then who is? Twisted Sister? No, nada. Not even the king of 80's anger and king of 90's anger can either of them hold a well-lit candle to the chaosity and insanity that is Jane Doe. Never before and never again has an album been so filled with hate and anger. But it is not a juvenile type of anger like with Lynyrd Skynyrd or Alanis Morrisette, it is true raw emotion - Like a shark smelling blood, or like a cougar in the highway. Never again. Never before. Jacob Bannon's vision is inside us all.
Describing the music is pointless. Look at the cover. You see the nameless, faceless lady extruding emotion like a vampire without blood? Vampire. Deep inside us all. Repeat it to yourself; perhaps in the mirror. Never before. Never again. That is the theme of Jane Doe. If you cannot relate to the unrelenting power, then just *** off. You can't relate to Jacob Bannon's vision. He is not just a vision, it is a capsule of time - 2001. The World Trade Centers. Remember that? We were all angry, but none was as angry as Jacob Bannon.
Every song is like a collection of mathematical proofs that 2001 was THE year in anger. Not only did we have George Bush in office, there was much more - The Tony Blair oil scandal, the release of American Pie 2
and to top it all off like a big cake, Mario Party 3
. Combign that with the power of 9/11 (God Hates Us All) and we have basically an album that would be aptly retitled "2001: Fire Inside Us All", because there was a raging fire. Inside. Us. All.
Jacob Bannon's vision continues to change the earth to this day. Never again.