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(Review originally posted in Nocturnal Hall Magazine. Link to the original is here: http://www.nocturnalhall.com/reviews/N/nativeconstruct_quietworld_e.html)

Native Construct – Quiet World – 9/10

NATIVE CONSTRUCT is a band made of three students who met in 2011 at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. This story is nothing new to progressive metal music, as this is the same college where the members of Dream Theater met. However, this group of dedicated musicians wrote, recorded, and produced their debut album in between their studies from 2011 to 2013. They were able to do so with Jamie King, famous for his work with Between The Buried And Me, Last Chance To Reason, and White Arms Of Athena. The album got the attention of Brian Segal of Metal Blade, and was released on the label earlier this year. Since then, the band has been getting a lot of attention. Their music follows in the footstep of many progressive metal bands such as Dream Theater and Between The Buried And Me, but there is so much more going on. This talented group of three musicians was able to release one of the most impressive debut albums in recent memory. It goes from heavy sections with growled vocals and blast beats to every other style in the blink of an eye. From influences of jazz, classical, and even music styles from other cultures, it is clear that the band takes an approach similar to Mike Patton. They throw everything in this album. It is full of technicality, odd time signatures, and even fantasy sounding moments that would make Tim Burton happy. All the while, the lyrics are able to tell a story about an eccentric person who has always been an outcast. After being turned down from the girl that he loves, he creates a world of his own. In this world, he has complete control, and there are no oddballs or outcasts. The story definitely helps enhance the album because it makes the listener understand why there are so many changes and so many wacky moments. The story reminds me of watching a movie by director Terry Gillian, and musically reminds me of listening Haken, who is one of my favorite recent progressive metal bands. I have nothing but praise for this album and this group of young musicians. I have high expectations for them in the future.