"Lookinglasself" (Victory, 1993)
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Chatting with @shandelle about #Snapcase today made me want to celebrate this album. When I became a full-on "hardcore kid" in 1997 - after a punk rock sojourn begun in 1994 - bands like Snapcase ruled the scene. Following the '80s, HC was experimenting with all kinds of different sounds, and Snapcase's fell on the #metalcore end of things. But they were never cavemen, unlike a lot of bands and people kicking around the scene (I feel I have been unfair to our cousins the Neanderthals); Snapcase embodied both the musical creativity and ethical-spiritual consciousness that characterized much of the best of '90s hardcore. Some of the most inspiring shows I saw in that era were Snapcase shows - especially when I saw them blow their headliners, the deftones, right off the stage at the Agora in '98. If you were getting into HC around then (when so, so many different versions of "hardcore" swirled around within the same scene and created a surprisingly eclectic world), Snapcase was canon, and they bring back happy memories of that time when I was so fully and inextricably immersed in this scene, overwhelmed with wonderment at all it had to offer, taking it into my blood and feeling inspired and empowered and revolutionized. Cool story as to how I got this record: I won the standard pressing on eBay, but after the auction the seller realized he didn't actually have the album. He felt so bad that he tracked down an alternate copy, bought it, and sent it to me. It ended up being this rare original fold-over edition, hand numbered 356/575.
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Pressing: 1st, ltd. ed. cover, hand numbered /575
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