Admittedly, Slydes music is not the typical for a Legends review. Its more straight rock than most anything we review, but if we can delve into stoner rock (i.e. Captain Dog(1), Solarized(2), etc.) I can get away with spouting off about Slyde.
Slyde have been playing for a little over five years now and are made up of six people. Ian is on vocals, Anna on vocals (and the two sound great together), Malte and Kasper on guitar, Kneifel on bass and David handles drumwork. Considering I have decent press paperwork for a change, lets start with a short discussion of Slydes historical significance.
Unfortunately, their significance is small as of yet, but their latest release of Emotion Overflow will hopefully change that. Theyve played with a lot of acts none of which I recognize, but probably due to their location in Germany and were first debuted on a compilation sampler released by Rock Hard. They appeared thereafter on a Bordernoize sampler, again with bands whom I dont know, and then right around the turn of the century released a limited edition maxi single CD, Take Away My Pain. This year (2003) sees them releasing Emotion Overflow in June, a full length of twelve tracks of which its hard to find any bad, unwanted tune. And now that weve covered Slydes as-of-yet short history, we can discuss the real meat of the article the music.
Slydes music is a brand of rock n roll that is simple, honest, heavy at times yet light at others. I wouldnt ever call it fluffy however, and Ian has an excellent dark vocal skill. Annas vocals, which besides her harmonization with Ian can be found on the hard hitting Wild Sensation, shows just as much skill and reminds me of one of my favorite lady singers, Cat Hall (Sinistar, Dissonance(3)). Resonant, strong and not a whiff of diva simply shredding. Great work there.
The songs are solid, well crafted and yet retain a tinge of old skool garage rock which, as Metallica fans will tell you, is damn hard to do since Metallica themselves havent in over a decade. Even the solos are crisp and strong, but I swear you can hear the echo off the cement floor and wood-plank walls of the garage.
A lot here is strong rock n roll of the metal variety, but doesnt transcend into thrash metal although much of it sounds like its just about to. Into the Light is one of these. The lyrical content of the songs overall are well written, some of which can stand on their own without music surrounding them. And like all good rock bands, theres a handful of well wrought ballads here; my favorite is the lament to Mother Earth entitled, simply, Mother. Theres a bit of tongue in cheek fun as well, such as the punk-laced Good Day to Die. Of course this should get the music watchdogs up in arms since understanding sarcasm seems harder and harder for people to do these days.
In finality, while Slyde is not the darkest rock nor the gloomiest metal, it is a good time. It is laced with your occasional mopeyness for those that cant live without slapping their hand to their forehead in mock depression I know you folks are out there. But for me, I just enjoy the solid rock n roll and heavy yet controlled riffs that make up Emotion Overflow and the fine harmonies between Ian and Anna as well. There are better songs here, than the others, but I still say none of them are bad, and all are worth pressing so Im glad they did.
Post: Equinoxe Records, Ohlberg 4, 59469 Ense-Luttringen, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 2938-3326
(1) The Last Adventures of
Captain Dog reviewed in Legends
#113 and their latest,
Captain Dog Rides Again, is being reviewed soon hereafter.
(2) Reviewed this one myself back in Legends #121.
(3) The last Dissonance release that I know of, Reincarnate, was reviewed in Legends #120.