German hardcore quintet GIVER have streamed their new single ‘Every Age Has Its Dragons (Like An Empire)’, taken from their forthcoming second LP Sculpture Of Violence, to be released 7th February on Holy Roar Records.
The band comment: “Our way of life is based on taking advantage of nature and manpower worldwide without having to pay for it. Where conquerors used to send their armies, there are now free trade agreements and complex value chains that keep the global south down while the north profits. The northern consumption norms can only be maintained through ecological destruction, violence and human suffering and in the face of the impending climate catastrophe deadly – especially for the economically weakest. Such a life is imperial and opposes all morals. However, you do not fundamentally change it in the supermarket but through protest and structural change.”
Such a rampantly political and anti-consumerist song and image is typical of GIVER, a band whose forthcoming LP rails against exploitative labour, the dissonance of religious discord and ill-conceived concepts of masculinity in the current climate to catastrophic effect. The ten songs on offer, whilst bleak, maintain a youthful vibrancy that truly aims to deliver change on a personal and much broader level.
GIVER‘s Sculpture Of Violence leans into fresh and melodious territory, reminiscent of early 00’s hardcore birthed with the likes of Bridge Nine Records and Deathwish Inc., including Blacklisted, Have Heart and Modern Life Is War.
The German band have expanded upon their foundation of caustic and high tempo metal-tinged hardcore which won them acclaim with debut full-length Where The Cycle Breaks (January 2018). With new record, Sculpture Of Violence, GIVER demonstrate a dogged urgency and a self-assured versatility, a worthy addition to the modern international hardcore scene’s bent of great melodic albums.
In the band’s own words: “The central question behind Sculpture Of Violence really is whether there can ever be peace. Since men started settling during the neolithic revolution 10,000 years ago, the amount of years of recorded peace is disturbingly negligible. The record explores different ways and structures in which we form each other through the collective We that is society, which is us and not anybody else and which brings us up against one another and constantly focus on our differences… With the climate catastrophe approaching, the far right growing stronger everyday and the market economy reaching into even the furthest corners of our lives, the time to remain silent is simply over.”