The mainstream success of some new wave American Punk bands such as Green Day and The Offspring bring the genre back in focus and Punk, once again, eventually even further, became trendy. The downside of this global success was the loosing of the essence, the spirit, the edge of the Punk movement and from its rebellious vein it was twisted into soap box packed and bubble gum flavored “something” – anything, but not protestant, message carrying music. On the other hand, bands such as Propagandhi, Anti-Flag, and not at least SLIVER, proves that… PUNKS NOT DEAD!
SLIVER declared their solidarity and support with the global Occupy movement and the leading single and video, “Dead President$”, of their new album, “Disobey Giants”, consist of footage s taken from Grounded TV’s coverage of the Occupy Wall Street movement in NYC and Vancouver.
With more than 200 shows in 11 countries (France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, the United Kingdom), SLIVER is a rocking hardcore band from Belgium/France/Luxembourg. Formed in 1999, they recorded a bunch of demos, released 2 EPs, a split-single with French author Alain Damasion, and on 28 September 2012 released their second album, “Disobey Giants”.
The band’s current line-up: Ben Sliver – vocals/guitars/megaphone; Orel Sliver – screams/keyboards/samples; Nick Sliver – bass/backing vocals; and Danny Sliver – drums; delivered 11 plus intro tracks on their sophomore album. Their style and sound is related to The Offspring, it’s a refreshing mixture of Punk Rock energy, heavy Metal riffs and sometimes, subtle, nicely layered elecronics and samplers.
My personal favorites are “small is beautiful”, “dead president$”, “polaris”, “the invisible committee”, “bring down the casino” and not at least the exotic flavored “the quiet riot”, but the whole album have its addictive groove and SLIVER manage to combine smartly and efficiently intensity and melodicity, blowing riffs and sing-a-long hooks.
5 bucks it’s a fair price for this genuine Punk release, grab it and share it!!
Love the cover, reminds me of Banksy.