The Deity is the debut album for the up-and-coming progressive metal band Construct, and they are certainly not hanging back on letting everyone know that they have arrived on the scene. Hailing from Stoke-On-Trent, an area of the UK already brimming with a rich music culture (Motörhead’s Lemmy was born in Burslem!), Construct bring with them a vibrant energy that is incredibly hard not to be captivated by. With the perfect balance of screaming and clean vocals, both delivered equally capably, this band immediately gains strong footing, capturing and maintaining my unwavering attention with each track. Vocalist Callum Howle is evocative of Pendulum frontman Rob Swire, with just the right balance of reverb to create the sense of almost something quite divine, suggesting that perhaps their album is rather aptly named.
Very quickly It's easy to become completely immersed in Construct’s riveting progressive sound, the guitars especially being expertly wielded by Richard Howle and Michael Foxall, coming together to create a colourful and turbulent scene in the mind. You definitely cannot deny that the speed alone from some of the riffs, demonstrated well in the ninth track ‘Opposing Force’, is impressive to say the least.
What’s more, unlike many debuts from new metal artists, Construct keep up their momentum effortlessly throughout the record, showing no sign of losing their terrific pace or focus in the slightest, which makes the listening experience all the more thrilling. The track ‘Coalescence’ is especially enjoyable, with its seemingly monotonous yet in actuality beautifully harmonised lyrics lulling one into a trance-like state, showcasing how the band is able to make so much from so little, achieving such a fantastic effect without the need for over-complicating the melody- there’s no other way to describe it, it’s just epic.
With just this one album, Stoke-On-Trent’s talented new act Construct has left me not only impressed but inspired by their music, and I am very stoked (no pun intended) to hear what they will come up with in the future, for if this is their debut- and what a debut it is- then heaven knows what’s coming next. One thing is for certain, however, with this great new addition to their city’s vibrant music scene- Stoke-On-Trent rocks.
Review by Eddie Dewey