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Slyde, Diesel Junkies, Final Stage, Aeron’s Wake & Omnisyn @ The Blind Dog

Sunday July 31st, 2011, 9:15am


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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.

Also on the bill that night was one of Windsor’s newest bands, Diesel Junkies. They’ve come far from that first show I saw them play a few months back, and I loved it even then. With a sound that’s difficult to pinpoint, they offer a southern-rock style backbone overlaid by ear-candy created using pedals and keyboards.


Final Stage  took part in as well, with instrumentals often reminiscent of “Peace Sells” era Megadeth and vocals that always make me think of Bruce Dickinson. Along with originals from their EP and two full-length albums, Final Stage covers music from classic metal bands, one of my favourites (and one they happened to play that night) being Metallica’s ‘Seekand Destroy’. The original might not be one my top ten list of songs to rock out to, but the way these boys do it, it certainly could be.

The crowd dwindled as the night wore on, but for all those who left before Aeron’s Wake took the stage, they missed out on a great time. There is quite a scene in Windsor for instrumental music, but these guys do it in a different way. Traditional-sounding metal tunes ,  only the vocals have been replaced by a violin, giving the entire set a very Celtic feel. The group plays well together, with interaction between band members while keeping the time of their fast-paced songs. And as strange as it was at first, their ambitious cover of Iron Maiden’s ‘The Trooper’ actually worked very well, luckily for them, because Maiden’s just something you don’t mess with. Very well done though, and I strongly encourage checking out Aeron’s Wake the next chance you get.

The show was opened by the Tool-esque stylings of Omnisyn, and although I only managed to catch the very end of their set, it was still an impressive sound.

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