Volume 93, Issue 73
Wednesday, February 9, 2000
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Snapcase out with the old, in with the new
Scream 3 Soundtrack
There's a scene in Scream 3 in which head scream-queen Neve Campbell is asking a detective what he knows about trilogies. He responds by saying that in the third installments, "All bets are off."
This holds very true for the soundtrack to the film, as its predecessors were multi-genre marketing tools, with varied artists doing pseudo-scary tunes. This time around, the producers wised up and compiled a collection of bands which truly capture the mood of a horror film loud, aggressive and scary as hell.
Further fuelling the mood of the album, as well as its credibility, is the surprise appointment of indie darlings Creed as producers for the soundtrack. These leaders of next generation hard rockers manage to create a soundtrack which gives the listener an intense listening experience.
Creed themselves contribute two tracks, the lead cut "What If?," as well as the finale, "Is This the End?" The former seduces the listener by dishing out a heavy guitar crunch against equally intense vocals, while the latter begins softly, but eventually crescendos to the same dark instrumentation against a catchy vocal melody.
The rest of the album reads as a who's who in neaveau-metal. Slipknot's "Wait and Bleed" is a fast–paced lyrical assault, while Godsmack bring their own brand of in-your-face honesty and heavy guitar work with "Time Bomb."
Psycho-metal acts Coal Chamber and Powerman 5000 make appearances with tracks that remind us of why our parents hated metal in the first place and Orgy joins the front line of the sonic assault with "Dissention" a full plate of electro-static vocals and guitars which continues to assert their place as a new-wave rock band of the future.
There are also a handful of down–tempo tracks to complement the intensity of the rest of the album. Finger Eleven, System of a Down, Sevendust and Fuel all supply decent tracks that balance out the album.
It's surprising that a major motion picture has managed to release a soundtrack which does not pander to a mainstream audience, but rather maintains a bit of indie credibility. Hopefully the final thematic installment is as fresh as the soundtrack.
Designs For Automation
From album to album, there's no debating Snapcase has always maintained a distinct sound by mixing fast punk riffs and heavy, pulverizing styles. Their combination of punk and hard-core musical schemes has helped the band easily gain appreciation and respect from both camps of fans.
One thing you can always count on from these five Boston natives is explosive and emotional songs which don't hold anything back. Since the success of their last release in 1997, which carried them onto the stage and on tour with huge names like the Deftones, it is clear that Snapcase has grown up.
Their latest release, Designs for Automation, races track to track and carries with it many surprise elements previously foreign to the band's style. Thus, the overall product proves to be much more diverse and in most cases more rewarding than their last effort.
The largest transition of style occurs on track six, entitled "Twentieth Nervous Breakdown." This is a fast-paced punk song which pushes enough boundaries to guarantee just as much appreciation from fans as disappointment.
Singer Daryl Taberski's throat-shredding lyrics accurately convey the band's overall message of individuality and self-realization. Highlight songs such as "Bleeding Orange" deliver both excitement and rage, while striking personal feelings of discontent. He sings, "Why do I work here?/Ten cent raise work five times faster/You just enjoy your power/Someday I'll be my own boss/This is not my life/Just my job/A message from the bottom of the ladder."
Snapcase has still retained a few key elements commonly associated with their musical style, such as the convulsive pauses and sudden time changes found in almost every song. Also, like every other Snapcase album, it doesn't let up or slow down from start to finish.
For most longtime fans it may take a little time, but the album will soon ignite appreciation and respect. Others who decide to give the band a chance are sure to be pleasantly surprised.
All in all, Snapcase has advanced as a band and made a product deserving attention, without sacrificing anything they stand for.
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