August 10th, 2005
Release length: 20:14
Obviously, the title of the EP, Sliver, was meant more as an artistic approach, since there actually was no song carrying that name. Instead, it was meant to introduce the catchier material of the upcoming album through the track “Break Me”, which isn’t the band’s biggest highlight track, having a subtle darker atmosphere to it with some hook driven guitars that make the song enjoyable, but the track itself isn’t anything all that special and really relies on that hook-driven sound to push it forward, which it does but with a staggering limp. The actual shining point of the EP comes from the rest of the material, including the cover of the Savage Garden hit “Carry on Dancing”, which is enjoyable and removes the more mainstream pop feel to the song by establishing the typical dark Gothic appeal to the song and giving it a more Hard Rock edge to it. It’s a little awkward to hear, obviously, but it makes for a great cover that is enjoyable as more of a casual listen then anything.
Of course, “Still Waiting” stems off the album DiEversity, and reminds the listener of their recent musical change, as well as gives them a chance to compare the progression the band plans to make with the next release. Why this one was actually included honestly becomes questionable, but it is still an enjoyable song regardless, though really comes off as a more obscure pick for any sort of EP to push the sale of an album. Of course, aside that, there is also two live tracks that are tacked onto the release that actually show off the band’s on stage talent nicely. Both “Still Remains” and “The Pit” sound remarkably close to the original studio tracks, and the quality of the recordings themselves are also well done, though nothing all that impressive, especially with the vocal levels being a little too deep in the recording and sound off compared to the instruments behind him, and the obvious screw up that occurs during “Still Remains” from the guitarist.
All in all, it’s a decent piece to have as a collector, but there honestly isn’t anything all that spectacular for the album. While the live tracks show the band’s ability to perform live nicely, and “Break Me” set the tone for their then forthcoming album, there wasn’t really anything too awe inspiring on the release to make this an important purchase for the casual fan. Of course, the Savage Garden cover made for a very interesting listen either way, and is one of those tracks that should be checked out by both fans of the band, as well as of the style, but not something that is an immediate priority, but more of a random casual listen just to hear it and what the band is capable to do when it comes to covering more mainstream material that suits their more recent sound.
01. Break Me – 4:37
02. Carry on Dancing (Savage Garden cover) – 3:42
03. Still Waiting – 4:04
04. Still Remains (Live) – 3:54
05. The Pit (Live) – 3:57
|Initial Pressing Score: 5/10