Snapcase - End Transmission (Cover Artwork)


Snapcase: End TransmissionEnd Transmission (2002)
Victory Records

Reviewer Rating: 5
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Contributed by: JanelleJJanelleJ
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Snapcase, whose vision is that of progress and enlightenment, have managed to eclipse their last release Designs for Automotion with End Transmission, a true tour de force. This disc is unfathomably deep, insightful, and overflowing with their signature brand of aggressive yet melodic hardcore.
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Snapcase, whose vision is that of progress and enlightenment, have managed to eclipse their last release Designs for Automotion with End Transmission, a true tour de force. This disc is unfathomably deep, insightful, and overflowing with their signature brand of aggressive yet melodic hardcore.

A disc dedicated to exploring the human condition and trying to discern where our civilization will be in the year 2071, Transmission is a study in rebellion and escaping oppression. The lyrics on each song, starting with the third track, the Orwellian-tinged "The Beat," deal with every step of the revolution, from the plan on the aptly named "Believe, Revolt," to its aftermath on the impassioned finale "ID/Hindsight." The immense scope of this concept makes for a truly complex and memorable disc.

As for the music, it doesn't get much better than this. The opening song, "Coagulate," with its brutal onslaught of intense rhythms and Daryl Taberski's unique vocals, sets the stage for plenty of songs teeming with aggression and melody galore. The music supplements the motif of rebellion to a tee, as Snapcase plays intense, emotionally-charged hardcore. The feelings expressed through the vocals are likewise mirrored in the instrumentation. For instance, "A Synthesis of Classic Forms" alternates between soft, serene music and muted vocals to a screaming, chaotic sound, and finally ends with a piano solo. And, this disc is extremely diverse, as songs like "New Kata" and "Ten a.m." are intensely emotional but never lacking an edge, while "Believe Revolt," a brutally harsh song with it's pounding drums and blazing guitars, is the epitome of rebellion. These elements are also evident in "Aperture," which highlights Taberski's frantic, screaming vocals and similarly chaotic guitars and unrelenting drums. But, the best song must be "Exile Etiquette, which is a little on the slower side. The tempo along with the distant-sounding vocals give it an unusual aura of mystery.

Thus, End Transmission is a disc for the ages, for not only does Snapcase rock out on every track, but it's revolutionary in its scope and vision. In fact, because of it's grandiose epic style, this could be considered a "rock opera" for the new millennium.


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
brown (April 24, 2007)

I could just be crazy, but this gives me a "Jupiter" vibe, however the execution on this album is far superior.

Piebalding (November 19, 2004)

I couldn't say it better than the previous review did. Great concept album.

Anonymous (February 21, 2003)

this is the fugazi of hardcore, great album, great band

evilash (November 15, 2002)

Who Shot the Shot to Break The Blood Clot?? amazing

CanadianPunkRawker (October 1, 2002)

Snapcase totally rocks the house when they were here with strung out i swear the crowd was dying for more this cd is the shiznit

Anonymous (September 30, 2002)

This album rocks and I love the song Believe, Revolt! This band is growing on me.


Anonymous (September 30, 2002)

The only bad thing about this album is that sticky crap that is on the case when you pull off the label. damn.


Anonymous (September 30, 2002)

I dont like Snapcase... never have... probably never will... but I will download a few songs from this album and give it a whirl. I hear good things so maybe some of them are true.-BostonMusicGuy

Anonymous (September 30, 2002)

End Transmission is defenitley ranking up there with my favorites.

Anonymous (September 30, 2002)

Well worth the money, snapcase has done it again-oldpunker-

kirbypuckett (September 29, 2002)

In all honesty I fuckin' hate this band. I just can't get into them...I try and I try and I try...but I've heard a few songs from this and I'm going to buy it. Seriously, this record is so much better than anything this band has ever recorded. Yeah, something like that...

- Scott
(I swear I'm working on adding more punk rock buddy icons)

Fuzzy (September 29, 2002)

Did someone from Victory commission to write that opening paragraph, or was it just taken from their website?

Anonymous (September 28, 2002)

Great, great album.
As far as the genre goes, I like this better than Thrice's The Illusion of Safety and GlassJaw's - Worshipt and Tribute, both of which I thought were 4 to 5 star albums. The story aspect is really cool, and it's a lot better than the Coheed and Cambria attempt.

I never even really got into this band, and now it's up there for Best Album of the Year, in my opinion.

sickboi (September 28, 2002)

Awesome, awesome review, did you sit down and talk with the band about this album or something?....

"Coagulate" is one the Snapcase's best songs EVER.

Anonymous (September 28, 2002)

This score is for the review itself. It's nice to read one that has something else to say than "i was so stoked to get this record but it fucking sucked."

I can't wait to pick up this album.

Anonymous (September 28, 2002)

to the post bashing the rock opera comparison...whats so bad about releasing an album that a reviewer wants to compare to tommy?

aubin (September 28, 2002)

I'm finding this a bit of a mixed bag, as records go; I thought the same thing about their last release. Progression... was just such a perfect, intense record, and it really was the peak of the heavier Snapcase.

That said, it's only because they've been so good, that I'm being critical I think. It's a good record, and most bands would be lucky to put out something of this quality, but it's just not the Snapcase I know and love.

(For the record, I like that the band has evolved... but where they've evolved too, is what I'm mixed on.)

Anonymous (September 28, 2002)

Haven't heard this, but the cover art is very cool.

Anonymous (September 28, 2002)

While this record is no "Progression Through Unlearning" (can snapcase put out a better cd than that? I think not), this is still a really great cd, and it's better than Designs For Automation.

Anonymous (September 28, 2002)

Great review, great record! People whining about Snapcase not progressing.. Shut the fuck up, right now! They got me into hardcore in 1992 with their debut 7" "Comatose", and they have been great ever since. Catchy, yet hardcore, music with lyrics that actually what to put something across. Not just tell you about that the vocalist fell in love with this really awsome girl he saw in some video on MTV. We should be glad that there's still big HC bands around that bother..
That's all, b-bye folks..

maverick (September 28, 2002)

This score is for the review - excellent writing, Janelle.

As for the album [and the band]:
I've always been a sort-of fan of Snapcase. I think that their music just keeps getting better and better. I still cannot comprehend how their singer "sings" the same high pitched squeal of a note over and over again - he's been doing it for TEN YEARS. You think he would've developed some vocal inflection in that time? I dunno.


Dubar (September 27, 2002)

haha I saw them the other night and they played this really really slow like flangy song and everyone started a slow-motion pit.. it was the greatest thing ever

Anonymous (September 27, 2002)

snapcase, "rock opera"?

Bryne (September 27, 2002)

I really can't wait to hear this. I won it, but I haven't received it yet. I'm not saying I'm impatient or anything. OK maybe I am.

Anonymous (September 27, 2002)

Snapcase hasn't made anything interesting in a loooong time. I have my doubts about this one...


Anonymous (September 27, 2002)

Yeah, this record is golden. A bit slower than their previous records, but much more diverse. It sure bears the hell out of any other so-called "harcore records" released this year.

theme (September 27, 2002)

Snapcase makes me giddy ... must purchase this weekend...


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