Toronto melodic rock band The Slyde are following up their 2017 EP Back Again with the announcement of the release of their debut record Awakening. The album is due out on May 18th and will include ten tracks of intricate, complex prog rock that they’ve basically honed over the last decade of playing together. Below you can hear see the video for “Back Again.”

Commented the band, “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. Awakening looks at our daily consumption and poses the question ‘what is, or could be, our reality?”

In true prog fashion, The Slyde have put together an album of quirky arrangements along with an aggressive edge to the songs. This is a thought provoking release that may be of interest to fans of bands such as Rush, Dream Theater, Haken, Coheed and Cambria, and Megadeth. If you like technical rock music then this is the album for you.

Added the band, “We think fans will certainly enjoy this release, and will notice that we’re slowly adding more of an aggressive edge to our songwriting plus incorporating more ‘metal’ elements into the riffs. Awakening is less conceptual than previous releases by containing more straight up rockin’ tunes. Each song stands on its own.”