canadian metal champs
Winners of the 2019 Wacken Metal Battle Canada competition, Toronto's melodic proggers The Slyde represented Canada at the Wacken Metal Battle international final, at Wacken Open Air 2019 in Germany. One would say it was a classic underdog tale, for a band to win a prestigious metal competition who many deem to be "not metal".
The Slyde celebrated 10 years of their melodic prog rock, showcasing highlights from their last album "Awakening". The band (formerly known as just Slyde) dropped their ten-track album in 2018, harnessing the intricate, contrapuntal prog metal they've honed over the last decade. Described by critics as "a highly impressive, thunderously powerful, thought provoking collection of songs" and "vigourous and passionate", The Slyde carved their own path and took no prisoners.
In true prog fashion, The Slyde stayed true to their mission statement since day one, with their quirky arrangements, aggressive edge, and ominous lyrics. The result is a thought provoking, high-octane brand of prog metal for fans of Rush, Dream Theater, Haken, Coheed and Cambria, and Megadeth. Driven by Nathan Da Silva’s elegant vocals and passionate guitar work, Sarah Westbrook's virtuosic keyboard skills, and the powerful rhythm section of bassman Alberto Campuzano and drummer Andrew Suarez (with long time drummer/songwriter Brendan Soares), the band grabs the attention of technically minded melodic prog rock, and open minded metal fans alike.
The Slyde played 200 shows in Canada and abroad, sharing the stage with such bands as Protest The Hero, Down With Webster, Angra, Pain of Salvation, F*ck The Facts, Dana Fuchs, and Timber Timbre among others, and have made past appearances at Wacken Open Air, Ottawa Bluesfest, Canadian Music Week, IndieWeek, and Cornwall Lift-Off.
The band is currently on an indefinite hiatus.