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Lookinglasself

SnapcaseAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 1, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Victory Records
  • ASIN: B000000IDX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,384 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Drain Me
2. Filter
3. Incarnation
4. Decieved
5. Looking Glass Self
6. No Bridge
7. Covered
8. Another's Life
9. Fields Of Illusion

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars fury sets this record straight July 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD
ok don't get your panties in a bunch. i (don fury) recorded 6 songs for this record: No Bridge, Incarnation, Deceived, Covered, Anothers Life, and Fields of Illusion were the original titles. this recording was made and mixed on a weekend with a budget for an EP. i didn't do the other cuts for the record, and had no input at mastering. the original masters are fine. the band sounds more hardcore and raw on these tracks since it was very early in their development., and since we did them in 2 days. (the band survived 2 M80 attacks while they slept in their van that night, near the 4th of july) but - i can't vouch for the final product or the cuts i didn't do, or the fact that there's only 9 songs on the CD. if you're a snapcase aficionado, buy this record even though it's probably overpriced, but don't expect smooth sounding vocals or a slick production vibe. this was the beginning.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To the guy that slammed Don Fury February 8, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Don Fury stinks? Clearly you have no idea who he is or what you're talking about. That's why he has produced all these titles:
A DAY FOR HONEY
"Brilliance of Sun" (lp) Building/TVT
AGNOSTIC FRONT
"United Blood" (ep) Relativity
"Victim In Pain" (lp) Rat Cage / Relativity
"One Voice" (lp) Relativity
"CBGB Live 92" (lp) Relativity

ALONE IN A CROWD
"Alone In A Crowd" (ep) Flux

BAD TRIP
"Buzzy" (lp) Wreck Age
"Positively Bad" (ep) Wreck Age
"Fear & Loathing" (lp) Wreck Age
"Elevator" (ep) Wreck Age

BLANKS 77
"Up The System" (10") Quality of Life
"Tanked & Pogoed" (lp) Radical Records
"Killer Blanks" (lp) Radical Records

BLOODSISTER
"Bloodsister" (lp) 109

THE BOOKED
"Feel The Pride" (lp) Radical

BORN AGAINST
"Eulogy" (ep) Vermiform
"Half Mast" (ep) Vermiform

BURN
"Burn" (ep) Revelation

CHARLES COMPO
"Psycho Jammy" (lp) Lakehouse

CITIZEN'S ARREST
"Light In The Darkness" (ep) Wardance
"Colossus" (lp) Wardance

CIV
"Set Your Goals" (lp) Lava/Atlantic
"All Twisted" (single) Revelation
"Can't Wait One Minute" (single) Revelation

COCOBAT
"Return of the Grass" (lp) Toy's Factory

CORVAIRS
"Hitchhiker" (lp) New Rose

CRASH AND BURN
"Crash and Burn" (ep) Rodent Popsicle

CRAWLPAPPY
"CrawlPappy" (ep)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Snapcase at their best August 15, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Awesome. I don't care what anyone says about their later albums, Lookinglasself is Snapcase's best. The quality of the recording is not as good as their later albums, and the songs are slower, but this album is the reason that hardcore as we know it exists today. The songs are amazingly powerful, with deep lyrical content, and the music just drives you. Get over the fact that the recording quality [stinks], and get yourself a good sound system so you can truly appreciate the best of this intense, driving hardcore. Take in the lyrics, make them a part of yourself, and become as powerful as this music. Check out "Drain Me", "Incarnation", and "Looking Glass Self" to feel the power of Snapcase. Then listen to their other albums.
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By Khyron
Format:Audio CD
With an album title borrowed from turn of the century Social-Psychological theory, Snapcase's first LP, 1993's Lookinglasself, quickly established this group as the thinking man's Hardcore band. Think of this record as Snapcase's mission statement: a road map for a band that would spend the bulk of their career using Hardcore as a vehicle to espouse the virtues of self-reliance and perserverance. Though many rightly point out that Lookinglasself stands out in Snapcase's catalog as lacking in the production value that their later releases would enjoy, that is not in and of itself a bad thing. In fact, it may be a necessary part of this band and their genre's legacy.

There's a certain simplistic cadence to this record, a quality shared with this record's successor, "Steps". Credit the cohesive nature of songs like "Drain Me" and "Filter" which, while they share a single track on the disc, are separate and distinct songs. It calls to mind 108's "Opposition" and "Death Bed" or even Van Halen's "Eruption" and "You Really Got Me" where the songs are clearly meant to be heard in succession. Despite the fact that the recording of this album was divided into two sessions (with the Almighty Don Fury responsible for six tracks and Fred Bestchen recording the rest several months later), the album doesn't feel any less complete than the rest of their catalog.

Of course, the other quality tying these tracks together is Daryl Taberski's impassioned, if not yet fully developed vocals which are devoted without exception to the struggle for self-awareness and self-reliance. Like a life coach for the Hardcore kids, Taberski attempts to appeal to the better, more responsible part of the listener.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Finding lots of stuff (good) that I have never heard of
Published 1 month ago by geof delaney
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 years and STILL Relevant!
Easily a top five album of all time. Snapcase has an unrivaled, sophisticated musical approach to the hardcore genre that is backed by refreshingly "hopeful" lyrics. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Benjamon C
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 and a half
Great early effort by these guys. Youll notice a difference to later releases but theres plenty here, way more raw. Must have for fans, give a miss to posers
Published on April 17, 2009 by Alan P. Hughes
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it
The group flows in and out of rhythm into sharp instant bursts. The album is overall very consistent and doesn't deviate much from begining to end and I like that kind of tempo in... Read more
Published on January 28, 2008 by getgo
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic
Nothing in particular about this album is epic, nothing about any of the musicianship is epic, and the vocals, while impassioned, certainly takes less skill than cooking an... Read more
Published on November 20, 2007 by t-diggs
4.0 out of 5 stars In the begining ....
Lookinglasself was the first release from one of the godfathers of hardcore,"Snapcase". I remember near when this CD was released and when I first heard of "Snapcase" I was... Read more
Published on October 3, 2005 by Lifted
3.0 out of 5 stars Progression Through Perseverance
I think 'Progession' is a better over-all album, but Filter is a kick-ass, must-have song! Buy the album for that song alone or just because Snapcase is a hardworking, talented... Read more
Published on March 11, 2004 by Kree
4.0 out of 5 stars A Lot Can Be Said.
If you ask anyone about "Lookinglasself" by Snapcase, chances are you will get 1 of 2 possible answers. Read more
Published on October 21, 2000 by Karlito Brigante
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not the Best of Snapcase
Allright i bought all the albums in this order.. Designs for automotion, Steps, Progression through unlearning, and than Lookinglasself. Read more
Published on October 4, 2000 by Dave
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