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Progression Through Unlearning [Vinyl]

4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Vinyl (April 8, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Victory Records
  • ASIN: B000000IGC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,058 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest hardcore album ever. Period. June 25, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Let me preface this by saying that, with the exception of this band and Deadguy, I'm not a big fan of the Victory bands, past or present. (Actually, Strife would be better, especially live, if they'd just shut their %^&^$%^$%^$%^ mouths between songs once in a while, stop preaching, and play.) Basically, if I want metal, I've got the entire Iron Maiden collection sitting in my closet, and while Earth Crisis's ride-the-open-E-and-scream-in-a-Cookie-Monster-voice-about-how-evil-non-vegans-are-and-how-Karl's-going-to-kill-us-all-even-though-he-weighs-about-130-pounds-soaking-wet act may be a politically astute and fashionable maneuver, it also makes for some pretty crappy music.
You know, when Snapcase's original and incredibly distinctive guitarist Scott Dressler left the band in 1996 to pursue other interests, I figured that they had lost the one irreplaceable member of the band and that they would fall into the bottomless pit that most hardcore bands find themselves careening down after their one big album. Was I ever wrong. They got better. WAY better. They only went out and recorded the single most amazing album in the history of hardcore.
The intensity on "Progression Through Unlearning" is absolutely unrelenting, and the recording quality is about 100 times better than the half-a**ed job Don Fury did on "Lookinglasself" (which, however, is still a great album, but with a couple of so-so songs and less than so-so production). You don't listen to this album so much as you are attacked by it. New guitarist Frank Vicario somehow achieves the substance and style of Dressler's unique guitar playing without being derivative, and if I'm ever the vocalist in a hardcore band, I want Daryl Taberski's voice.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Destroys Every Stereotype September 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
There was a time when hardcore wasn't completely derivative and all about emo angst and breakdowns. This would be the school that Snapcase came from. Formed in Buffalo, NY in 1993, Snapcase were one of the most prominent and respected bands in hardcore, because with every record they put out, they evolved and took their sound to a new level. As it has been commented on many times, their trio of releases from 1997-2002, "Progression Through Unlearning", "Designs For Automotion" and "End Transmission" are among some of the best music released in the genre ever. This release, 1997's "Progression Through Unlearning" has the most straight forward hardcore feeling of any of the three, and it would only begin the legacy that Snapcase would leave behind.

"Caboose" is probably one of the most recognizable anthems that the band ever released, and it is a perfect way to lead off this disc. Filled with Darryl Taberski's powerful yells of empowered thinking, the band goes full force out of the gate to show the listener just exactly how intense they can be. Something I always appreciated about Snapcase though was that there was always something behind every song they wrote. Whether it was about enlightening your mind, or communicating with others, there was always something about the songs that made them real and not just pointless rambling or incoherent poetry like much of today's music. This coupled with the straight forward energy of the band is what makes "Progression Through Unlearning" my personal favorite Snapcase record. "Guilt By Ignorance" and "She Suffocates" are both frantic, powerful tracks with odd time signatures and interesting riffs. Each rounding out at less than three minutes, the band shows they are capable of packing their punch in a manageable time frame.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless! - Hardcore in it's truest and finest form. February 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD
SNAPCASE - Progression Through Unlearning


Snapcase is one of the most underrated bands... In 5 Years they released 3 of the finest hardcore albums ever! (1997's Progression Through Unlearning, 2000's Designs for Automation and 2002's End Transmission.)

All I really have to say is any fan of music needs to get these 3 albums... Incredible song writing which is only surpassed by Daryl Taberski's Lyrical Approach... Take the Lyrics to opening track Caboose:

"do you know yourself do you know the others can you pull the weight that rides on another's shoulders

once you've lost yourself to the acceptance mask well could you find yourself it's not a simple task

self-inherence freedom comes from within take a different track it's time to see what you are made of

can you expose yourself can you peel off another layer will you make the time the time to control

because only you can save yourself only you can save your soul and once you save yourself

insecurities will die genuine qualities and true character will shine now that you belong to you

what will the others think well, soon they'll follow you you'll see they're all so weak come on

can you, let go can you, be you?"

This pretty much sums it up... They made music for themselves and succeeded in creating something unique, powerful and thought provoking...

Favorite Songs: Caboose, Zombie Prescription, She Suffocates, and Vent.

-4.75 Stars.


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Published on March 9, 2005 by Bill Lumbergh
5.0 out of 5 stars raw, heavy, awesome
There is nothing to compare this album to. Sure, the songs get repitative at times, but the songs Caboose, Zombie Prescription, Killing Yourself to Live, and Weak Tyrant all but... Read more
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Published on October 26, 2004 by zmax
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Published on April 2, 2004 by someguy
5.0 out of 5 stars Better yourself!
Definitely Snapcase's best album! 'Caboose' and 'Zombie Prescription' are hardcore classics. They have a sound like no other and I just adore smart guys with something to say!!
Published on March 11, 2004 by Kree
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one of my all time favorite albums. catchy guitars, meaningful lyrics without being too blunt or chock full of metaphors. Read more
Published on November 4, 2003 by P. HAUKAS
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