The introduction of "Vent" is the prime example of the harmonic interplay between both guitarist and the rhythm section.
Three quarters through the song, a galloping drum pattern emerges and suddenly, some of the harshest, dirtiest sounding harmonics I have ever heard starts shrieking and the best part about this section is that the guitarists manage to harmonize them while they're ear-piercing.
The longest track on the album, "Breaking and Reaching" shys away from the rest of the album by slowing down the tempo and lets a darker mood be created. Here the bassist plays off of the rhythm guitarists heavy, droning chords.
The dissonant chords and bass notes and the trudging drums turn out being very effective with the mid tempo grove that is absent on the rest of the album. The standout feature of Progression Through Unlearning is the way the album was produced. Every instrument is incredibly crisp and clearly audible.
The production is the main reason why this record has as powerful as it is. The bass drum has an incredible amount of force behind it, as do the guitars. The low, chugging guitar riffs come through clearly and never sound weak or muddy.
Even though Progression Through Unlearning is supposedly a highly influential album in the realm of hardcore, there are a few problems that I found with it. The biggest of which is that every song sounds just like the one before it. Snapcase wrote a ton of great riffs for this album but they all are so closely related that telling them apart is a chore most of the time. There is only so many drop-C riffs you can play before they all start to sound alike.
Apart from the music being repetitive, the vocals are the same. For the most part, I enjoy the vocals. I believe that the vocalists aggressively harsh scream is very fitting towards the bands sound.
The problem here lies with how he almost never changes the tone of his voice. What I will give him credit for is the intensity of his voice and his relentless approach. Overall, Progression Through Unlearning does a lot to keep the listener interested throughout. The musicianship is exceptional even with the presence of odd-meters and bizarre rhythms.
All of the songs carry themselves with wonderful strength and vigor. What really brings Progression Through Unlearning down is the lack of any really variety, save a few songs. The same style of guitar playing and vocals are featured in an overwhelming majority of the tracks which can provided a boring listening experience in some spots of the album but the formula that Snapcase has crafted works well.
A solid hardcore release that mixes complexity with straightforward aggression. Tweet Breaking And Reaching - Snapcase - Progression Through Unlearning reviews by this author. Converge Petitioning the Empty Sky. Pelican City of Echoes. Vent Breaking And Reaching.
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