Snapcase End Transmission

Long-time fans of Buffalo hardcore heroes Snapcase are likely going to love the new record, hate it or just be confused by it. While retaining the squealing intensity, the band has taken a sharp left turn musically into previously uncharted territory that is both adventurous and potentially deadly. They dare to slow down the songs, incorporate melody and take the time to develop mood and ambience with longer than usual instrumental breaks that, while still being easily identifiable as Snapcase, recall Quicksand or the Deftones. "They are definitely bands that we love," singer Daryl Taberski acknowledges. "We tried to expand on what we've done in the past and tried to be less afraid to try things and explore new territory. In the past, our records have had this relentless momentum from start to finish, and this record has more room to breathe. The aggressive songs on here are as aggressive, if not more, than what we've done in the past, and at the same time the songs that are slower and more laid-back are definitely the slowest and most laid-back we've even come close to trying. But all in all, to me it makes a more unique and interesting record for us. Although there are slower and more mellow songs, they're still very dark sounding." Over three previous albums, Snapcase definitely established a niche for themselves, but there was a danger looming that had they simply done another thrash album, no matter how much they peppered it with their own unique flashes, they would be venturing into cliché territory. "It was almost imperative that we made this kind of record for our own sake," says Taberski. "I can tell when we play live now that what keeps the band really excited and going is that we can't wait to play these new songs, which are very different from our old material. It's a lot more fun and challenging." And is ultimately extremely satisfying for those of us listening to it. (Victory)