Review – The Slyde

Album: Awakening
Release Date: May 18, 2018
Genre: Prog Rock

With what seems to be the uprise of progressive-rock, there are a ton of amazing bands across the country, The Slyde (formerly known as Slyde) is no exception. Based out of Toronto, they have released their new album Awakening, which is the follow-up to their 2017 EP, Back Again.

The first track is “Back Again“, which is the only calm and ballad based song on the release. The calmness of the instrumentals welcomes a more Rush meets Dream Theatre styled song. With the more straight-forward lyrics such as, “The pale blue mass reveals the fragile rock we come from nothing here, this is gravity”, it lets the listener get hooked more into the progressive stylings of the band. The band comments “’Awakening’ refers to the process of invoking change. Each song can be seen as a protest song, arguing for a more peaceful and autonomous way of life. For example, the opening track ‘Awaken/Walk With Me’ is about getting away from the powerful effects of media control and propaganda.  ‘Back Again’ is about the beauty and fragility of our Earth, and how we take it for granted.”‘Divide’ refers to the brainwashing effects of politics of fear and division in the West”.

Divide“, as mentioned, has a more “brainwashing effects of political fear”. With lyrics such as “You hear the noise, fear the voice, inside”, brings a much edgier and aggressive feeling, which resonates with the instrumentals as the band is focused in bringing a more “metal influence” kicking off the track with faster-based guitar this song personally brings in a more Coheed and Cambria feeling. The track will undoubtedly have you bobbing your head and rocking in your seat to the groovier guitar riffs that seem to balance and blend the keyboards throughout the song.

Though this next track is presented as a lyric video, its still just as catchy as the others. Fading can be viewed HERE. It has a more psychedelic feeling and seems to put the focus more on the keyboards and faster guitar hooks.  As the rest of the tracks on this album, this song is certainly able to stand alone.

If you’re looking for a familiar prog-rock band in the stylings of Rush, Dream Theater, Coheed and Cambria, and even a bit of Protest the Hero with a new-age twist, look no further and grab the album today  Though currently hitting the East Coast on this leg of the tour to promote the new album, it won’t be long before we see them visiting the West Coast and beyond, check out the tour dates below.

May 23- Peterborough, ON- The Red Dog
May 24- Toronto, ON- Hard Luck Bar
May 25 – Hamilton, ON – This Ain’t Hollywood
May 26 – Niagara Falls, ON – The Geekery Pub
June 6 – Kingston, On – The Mansion
June 7 – Montreal, QC – Katacombes
June 8 – Ottawa, ON – Cafe Dekcuf
June 9 – Cornwall, ON – Lola’s Pub

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