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Slyde: New World Sympathy + Feed The Machine

The Canadian rock band Slyde formed in 2009 and released Feed The Machine in 2011 and New World Sympathy in 2012. This year they have released both albums on a single disc, the subject of this review.

The band consists of Nathan Da Silva (guitar, voice), Sarah Westbrook (keyboards, samples, piano, voice), Nicholas Favretto (bass guitar) and Brendan Soares (drums, voice). Listening to this for the first time one thing became very clear; these guys know how to write catchy tunes. There are earworms all over this album and the musicianship is solid as well.

The pop/rock sound of the first track "New World Sympathy" is what you can expect; fast rhythms, nice guitar/keyboard interplay and solid vocals. "Take Us Away" is a little more metal but still very catchy while "The Downward Spiral/Save Us From Ourselves" is a quieter tune with pretty acoustic arpeggios and piano passages. There are some heavier parts interspersed in the mix which reminded me of the Swedish band A.C.T. The pop/rock concoction "Lies" is another melodic slice of goodness, again with an A.C.T vibe. "Lament" is a pretty acoustic ballad while the short instrumental "Meditate" is another mellow track with gentle acoustic rhythms and softer shades of keys. The album again picks up the pace with "Pull The Trigger", all fast rhythms of guitar and synths. I found this album to be a surprisingly good listen. If prog tinged melodic pop/rock and super catchy riffs float your boat you should find plenty to like here.

Track Listing:
New World Sympathy (2012)
1. New World Sympathy
2. Take Us Away
3. The Downward Spiral/Save Us From Ourselves
4. Lies
Feed The Machine (2011)
5. Lament
6. Feed The Machine
7. Stand And Fight
8. Meditate
9. Pull The Trigger
10. Global Empires Fall
11. Cries Of The Earth
12. Without The Machine/Lament Reprise

Added: January 9th 2014
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Band's Official Site
Hits: 1873
Language: english

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