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Slyde (Canada) / Press

"Slyde’s music is contemporary Canadian hard-hitting protest rock at its finest—they’re loud, progressive and sound like a riot."

"Great music! Interestingly I hear a very distinct Canadian sound that remind me of bands in the 70's like The Hunt, who were very instrument oriented rock with great higher vocal range work and keyboards...The melody aspect and song structures in all this music are very much part of the Canadian culture and [Slyde] has these qualities."

Steve "Lips" Kudlow, guitarist/vocalist of ANVIL

"...Then I cruised by the Subway Stage for a look and hear at Slyde. They sound quite young, thanks to singer-guitarist Nathan Da Silva's naif voice. I hear a big Rush influence - apparently I'm not the only one - thanks to the band's eye-on-society lyrics and proggy keyboards." "On to the Subway Stage for a shot of Slyde. This is another Ottawa quartet on the heavy end of things, but with leanings toward prog rather than grunge. The young foursome get frequent Rush comparisons, and also cite Euro-combos like In Flames and Soilwork."

"On tour from Ottawa for their new album “Feed the Machine”, video-game rockers Slyde brought their energetic and entertaining show to The Blind Dog on Friday, July 29. Video-game rock might sound a bit weird, so imagine if Coheed and Cambria mated with a Pac Man machine, or if Horse the Band were actually good. That’s these guys. They take modern sounding rock and add in the type of music you heard while playing Sonic on your Sega Genesis. Their performance was tight, and despite the heat (which I’m certain was worse under the stage lights) they kept the show fun as they made use of the stage while playing their hearts out to a less-than full house. The fact that they showed such enthusiasm, even to a crowd that was less than huge, pulled people into the music, and by the end of their set, everyone had lined up at the front of the stage and were asking for more."

"Forming a strong union between anthemic hard-rock and prog-metal, Ottawa-based Slyde lets the kids see how it’s done. Delivering heart-pounding guitar-riffs, solid drumming, tight energy, accented by quirky keyboard flourishes, this four-piece manages to utilize their metal/rock instincts while maintaining a melodic, soundscapish quality. Often compared to bands like Dream Theater and Rush, Slyde skillfully brings together a hard-edge with an inventive approach resulting in a strong live show."

"Slyde are a young and earnest Ottawa foursome with a fondness for 1970s prog rock, heavy metal and modern rock. On ‘Feed The Machine’ they also seem to be channelling the dual spirits Rush. Though the acoustic kickoff to ‘Lament’ may not sound like much in the much-loved and oft-derided power trio’s ouevre, sentiments like “Today the choices we make/Decide our fate” make it clear where the quartet’s loyalties lie... ‘Feed The Machine’ should appeal to fans of bands like Neurosis and A Perfect Machine who like their music with some intellectual pretensions as well as skilled musicianship."

"Slyde were absolutely brilliant. So much fun. The mix of chugging hard rock from the rhythm section was countered perfectly with some oh-so-fun upbeat synthesizer with a sound that was reminiscent of Van Halen and video game music. Completing the Slyde package is the front man who was a joy to watch, having so much fun on the stage while singing about the environment and politics with song titles including “Feed The Machine” and “Global Empires Fall”. Awesomely fun, hugely entertaining AND with some meaningful, poltical lyrics? That’s SLYDE! Mega. The atmosphere among the sparse crowd of about a dozen was giddy, and when Slyde finished their set the warmth shown to the band was incredible, as everyone, myself included, stepped up to shake hands and slap shoulders. Slyde will be the band I remember from Indie Week 2011. Thanks for making it worthwhile guys. Incredible set. Best band of the week by a mile."

"Slyde is a rock group from Ottawa characterized by videogame-esque synth, and Nathan Da Silva’s vocals that are reminiscent of The Mars Volta’s Cedric Bixler Zavala. This is a set that really got the crowd going, with much head banging, fist pumping, and dancing. My third time seeing Slyde play, I can easily say that this was the best set I’ve had the privilege to enjoy."

"Slyde have a comparable charm factor; a burly, Pantera-mold of metal band, they are not. They play a metal show that is actually enjoyable to watch, and in the moment it’s hard not to nudge the cute blonde nearby and inquire, “Are Slyde not the greatest band ever?!” With big hair windmills, deft keyboard arpeggios, a six-string bass, guitar tapping, face-twisting passion… it’s all ridiculous. Frontman Nathan Da Silva’s guitar case for his Flying V is even cut to the shape of the Flying V itself. Brilliant. Throw some socially and environmentally conscious lyrics into the mix, and you have an unusual – and more than just a tad geeky – metal band. Slyde are a heck of a lot of fun to watch. Yet while they are fun, none of what they do is a joke – being fun and resembling something of a caricature of a metal band is just part of what Slyde are about. With their presentation and performance, the band make a real effort to entertain their crowd."

"Ottawa, Ontario based metal band Slyde first came to our attention when they played Indie Week music festival back in October last year. With their flying V’s, windmills and ridiculous arpeggios, the band made a big first impression. Three months later, and with half the band now relocated to Toronto, Music Vice caught up with Slyde during their January mini-tour of southern Ontario. Taking their musical inspirations from European melodic metal bands such as Soilwork, prog rock and video game music of 80s and 90s, while throwing political lyrics and ridiculous arpeggios, Slyde offer something a bit different to the current rock scene in Canada."

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