The Deity, is the debut album by Stoke-On-Trent based Progressive Metal outfit Construct. For a band who only started in 2015 they have taken massive strides from small stages to supporting names like Tussk. During the early part of this year the band began to record The Deity with it’s release planned for the first quarter of 2017, on Saturday the 4th of February.
Opening this debut album is the track When Conscience Calls. The track starts with a carefully constructed riff which brings you in the album at a comfortable pace before the tracks fully develops in to the fast paced track that it is. When Conscience Calls is a great way for this album to begin as it not only sets some form of precedent for the rest of the 10 tracks that remain but also it shows the massively juxtaposing vocal ability which is present with the band.
Following on from this opener are the tracks Coalescence and The Molecular Level two tracks that in some ways completely parallel one another, despite there being the same mix of vocals which are somewhat consistent to the end of the album run time. Alongside the consistent vocals the juxtaposing instrumentation is something that also sticks out as despite the heavier riffs that move in to the body of The Molecular Level the slower intro adds an extra element to the song which is missing from Coalescence.
The next four tracks seem to fly by within a wink of an eye but each track comes with its own highlight that stays memorable. In Justify The Means this beginning riff that starts the track and re-appears in the chorus almost gets stuck in the head with it’s pattern and power. During Devil Inside the extremely energetic instrumentation makes it one of the fastest songs on the album and one that with use of both vocals makes it a track worth re-listening to.
Reflection is possibly the most memorable of these four for its middle section where the delicate vocals are matched with a softer instrumental before the tracks solo and eventual drop back in to the track which nearly made it the strongest track on this album. Whole Again is the final of these four and with its carefully placed harmonies this yet again sticks in the mind as a track to re-listen to for those alone despite the strength of the track itself.
The weakest track on this album is what follows. Riding Through although it has its merits through the blistering guitars and drums the track still seems to fall short despite these parts. Overall there just to be something missing from the track which is present in the others whether it is some form of coherency or the fact that solos appear to be somewhat misplaced.
On the next two tracks however Construct completely redeem the album as Opposing Force and title track The Deity pick up the ball again and get it rolling toward the ending of the album. In opposing force the juxtaposition between the instrumentation and the vocals is what makes it stand out so prevalently. With The Deity it’s the tracks ending, with its soft instrumentation and complimentary vocals, it perfectly brings the album to the final track.
The final track of this debut, Forgotten, is by far the strongest on the entire album. As it is not only the most complex instrumentally but on top of that the song presents the most memorable vocal parts, although not being present through most of the track when they are there, they are perfectly placed and add to the tracks feel. Overall Forgotten is possibly the ending this album needed with how it ties the ending down correctly. Even if it feels not as energetic as other songs on the album do.