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Snapcase: Bright FlashesBright Flashes (2003)
Victory Records

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'Bright Flashes', which comes straight off the heels of 2002's momentous 'End Transmission' (record of the year, methinks, as it catapulted Snapcase into uncharted territory‚?¶) and features tracks that were cut from 'Transmission''s recording sessions (during which time the band actually had over 100 minutes-worth of music) as well as remixes of three songs that did make it on that album ("Believe/Revolt", "Ten A.M.", and "Exile Etiquette"), is by no means a "throw away" record. On the contrary, what 'Flashes' offers is the missing chapters to the progressive hardcore band's epic tale of a dystopian society in the year 2071 and the downtrodden masses' attempts at revolting against their oppressors (for a more detailed description, see my review). Songs that continue this concept like the powerful, conflicted "Skeptic", "New Academy", and "Dress Rehearsal" (THE standout track) fit in perfectly with the band's vision and sound.

For anyone who has had the pleasure of listening to 'Transmission' and reading the lyrics, you'd remember that there were six extra song titles and lyrics listed in the booklet than actually appeared on the record. Well, these my friends, are what make up the bulk of 'Bright Flashes'. Therefore, this album is essential to anybody who was really taken with 'Transmission' and wants vocalist Daryl Taberski's story in its entirety. And the three remixes included just prove even more how revolutionary and creative Snapcase is. The five-piece show they're not confined to just playing hardcore, but open to experimenting with programming, which was guitarist Frank Vicario's idea. Some purists will be up in arms because they stray from their original sound ‚?? hell, people were upset with the band's new direction on 'Transmission' ‚?? but that the guys are fearless when trying new things and don't care what people think or how it will affect record sales should be lauded, not frowned upon.

But even if one cringes at the idea of Snapcase going a little techno, there's plenty to like on the album, including some hard-hitting covers of Helmet's "Blacktop" and Jane's Addiction's "The Mountain Song", the two heaviest, most bludgeoning songs on the album, although the band's own "Makeshift Tourniquet", another song that was cut from the 'Transmission' sessions, is pretty damn heavy. Meanwhile, the guys' energetic, upbeat renditions of Devo's "Freedom of Choice" and "Gates of Steel" definitely lighten up the mood of the record, which, with such profound subject matter, is overall rather serious and reflected wonderfully in the music, which is complex, emotional yet aggressive hardcore that reiterates the feeling of immediacy conveyed through Taberski's signature high-pitched, scream-y vocals.

The record ends with a remix of "Exile Etiquette" - this was the best, most affecting song off 'Transmission' in this reviewers mind, but in this altered form, it just doesn't even compare. In contrast, their remix of "Ten A.M." does hold up, as they manage to maintain its original ominous, foreboding feeling intact. As a whole, viewing both releases side-by-side, the highly innovative 'End Transmission' wins out for its scope and pioneering vision. Still, 'Bright Flashes' is a record worthy of attention.

 

 
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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.
dignin (November 11, 2003)

"Only dignin would care."

Im assuming that by that comment you mean Im a badass, cause seriously I am

Greenvandal (November 9, 2003)

I got it now. Pretty good. The techno songs suck alot (his vocals sound awful in them) and tracks 11 and 12 should never have been heard by the public.

Otherwise, rock rock rock.

slippy (November 9, 2003)

i just got this cd today. it's badass. not as good as end transmission, but that is a hard record to follow.

Anonymous (November 8, 2003)

"Hey hey, break it up you two!!"
Only dignin would care.

Anonymous (November 8, 2003)

Hahaha. What I was thinking.

-BSD

Anonymous (November 8, 2003)

why do we care if her lip is pierced?

Anonymous (November 8, 2003)

Well unless you come across a live bootleg, she probably already has all their stuff if she's that big of a fan. And everyone knows getting somebody something they already have is lame (Travis Bickle styles...). Or just get her a new piercing.

-BSD

Anonymous (November 7, 2003)

Ive never heard or listened to punk before. My new girlfriend likes punk and has her lip pierced. She likes Snapcase. I want to buy her a 1-month anniversary present. Any clues as to what album I should buy her from Snapcase ? Please let me know. Rock on Punkers.
Thanks dudes.

Anonymous (November 6, 2003)

to the person who asked about the birthday party: start with "prayers on fire" or you can just get their greatest hits records with the ever so clever title of "hits".

as for my take on this snapcase record. its okay. the helmet and jane's addiction covers are cool. the cover art is definitely lacking. but why complain about it...just go listen to progession through unlearning and get over it.

Anonymous (November 5, 2003)

snapcase... yeah, they're still making records...

Anonymous (November 5, 2003)

Sickboi-
Yeah, the artwork's kinda minimal, to put it nicely, but the album's good!
-Janelle

Anonymous (November 5, 2003)

I love Snapcase, and their album coverart is always tops, but this is just dorky looking. I hope the content within the album doesn't not share the common bond.

-sickboi

Anonymous (November 5, 2003)

"pulling out a Ryan Adams"

Its comments like this that prove to me that my existence is a terrible prank being pulled on the world, kudos asshole!

Anonymous (November 5, 2003)

To Ken: I didn't say this was the best hardcore album of the year, but that Snapcase was the best hardcore band out there...get your shit together before you get sarcastic, or you just end up looking ignorant.

Anonymous (November 5, 2003)

off subject but i thought this was the best chance to get my question answered. i really want to get into the birthday party ive heard nothing but good things about them and the couple songs i heard i liked. Anybody have a suggestion as to which album i should buy any suggestions would be welcomed cause i have no idea and i don't want to buy one that would give me a bad impression of the band. thanks.

Anonymous (November 5, 2003)

To Mr. BigJerk, who thought this was the best HC record of the year....thank you.

It took me a full five minutes to stop laughing! You made my day!

-ken

dignin (November 5, 2003)

"I still love you though, Janelle, I'm just observing."

"Ilove you too"

Hey hey, break it up you two!!

notfeelingcreative (November 4, 2003)

Hey, don't diss ryan adams.

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

All the review needs to say:

"Snapcase is STILL making records..."

--Cos

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

album art looks okay to me

-bemused-

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

i am a huge snapcase fan, but this album is one steaming pile of disappointment. the b-sides are all mediocre at best except Depth of Field, quite possibly the best song on this piece. It also gets my vote for worst album art of the year

Icapped2pac (November 4, 2003)

Nice review, very informative. I have yet to hear the album, but I though ET was pretty good, so I'll probably dig this too.

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

i get the feeling this record is gonna get ignored (promotionally) just like "end transmission."

Ramo
(which is a damn shame)

Greenvandal (November 4, 2003)

Fuck, I forgot this was coming out. I want it now :(

skajester (November 4, 2003)

So, what... Snapcase is basically pulling out a Ryan Adams here and giving us all their leftovers?

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

Scott, Aubin, and Janelle are lame. So is the review.
Snapcase on the otherhand rule!

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

best hardcore band out there...- bigjerk

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

Yeah Scott, I'm an enigma, what can I say? Love you too.
-Janelle

thriceequalsgod (November 4, 2003)

sounds interesting... i may have to pick up end transmission and this to hear the whole thing. concept albums are cool.

aubin (November 4, 2003)

Janelle, I agree with you on this disc...

I also think it's cool that they covered Helmet. There was always a staggering Helmet influence, especially on their earlier stuff, so it's cool of them to acknowledge it.

I was also happy to hear that not everyone hates electronic music. In certain situations, it works really well. (Like the Refused remix on the New Noise Theology EP.)

maverick (November 4, 2003)

I still think it's weird that Janelle is really into Snapcase, given everything else she likes normally.

I still love you though, Janelle, I'm just observing.

This CD is pretty good.

-Scott

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

i heard a song off of this and thought it was the fucking beastie boys...good thing i like the beastie boys...

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