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The Gabriel Construct


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"Review by G. W. Hill"

These guys are great musicians and this is a powerful and unique piece of music. That much is certain. - Music Street Journal

"The Gabriel Construct’s Interior City: Reviewed"

It is extremely rare that I encounter an album that totally engrosses me in the sense that I can just sit and listen to it with nothing else. In fact, [Interior City] compels me to do this… I foresee this being the album of the year for me. - Metal for Music Majors

"Bite-size Prog: July 2013"

The Gabriel Construct managed to deliver an entertaining and highly original album, a feat which is quite tricky to do nowadays. - Progulator


This talented artist takes an approach to creating music that is unlike anything I’ve ever heard. - I Am Entertainment


This is challenging stuff, meant for those who want their music to intrigue and even confound if necessary. - Dangerdog Music Reviews

"Full LP: The Gabriel Construct – Interior City"

The dystopic expedition of Riccio’s Interior City is worth strapping into a space suit for. Beam me up, Scotty! - Obscure Sound

"‘Interior City’ – The Gabriel Construct"

The album is a warped avant-garde musical journey from the moment you start the first track. - Monolith Sound


This is an impressive passion project and Riccio’s ambitions and talents are blatantly evident throughout each of these 10 lengthy tracks. - UNDER THE GUN REVIEW

"Album Review: Interior City – The Gabriel Construct"

Taking a page from bands like Tool and System of a Down, Gabriel’s layered vocals shift effortlessly through many different styles, always landing on an almost spiritual level throughout, albeit a little different for each song. - Abort Magazine

"The Gabriel Construct: Interior City"

And then along comes an album so deep, so personal, riffs that mirror your deepest darkest worries, words that eloquently phrase your underlying angst, notes that hit the perfect highs and the perfect lows at the perfect moments. - instantfilter

"The Gabriel Construct"

Eerie, distorted piano progressions, dissonance, layered harmonic vocals, and a swarm of complex rhythms create a wall of sound that encompasses us like a single-person space craft about to blast us back home. - Middle Tennessee Music


Interior City is an excellent piece of avant-garde progressive ear candy. - RED HOUSE REVIEWS

"Interior City"

Gabriel Riccio may have only graduated from college two years ago, but his compositional prowess—which is in full-force on his debut LP, Interior City, is of the strength that one would expect from a musician of a much better age pedigree. - Sea of Tranquility

"Interior City"

…a progressive rock project that makes more famous collectives such as Trans-Siberian Orchestra sound like kids playing toy instruments. - Music Emissions

"Interior City"

…a progressive rock project that makes more famous collectives such as Trans-Siberian Orchestra sound like kids playing toy instruments. - Music Emissions

"Review: The Gabriel Construct ‘Interior City’"

Interior City is a intriguing, unsettling album that establishes The Gabriel Construct, and Riccio himself, as an exciting musical force to be reckoned with. - The Truth About Music

"The Gabriel Construct"

In essence, Interior City is a genre splitter completely reorienting conventional production. -

"The Gabriel Construct Interior City – Album Review"

The compositions are breath-taking… Gabriel has a wonderful ability to create atmospheric, stage-like music which, when given the time, can really tap into human emotions. - Rocking Republic

"The Gabriel Construct – Interior City"

Every piece on the album is a tumultuous ride from one style to another and back… Gabriel Lucas Riccio is a very talented musician who writes fascinating pieces of music. - Echoes and Dust

"Doom is Beautiful in the ‘Interior City’"

A call to action, a cry for help, a harbinger of doom… all three roads lead to this Interior City. - Rock World Magazine

"Progressive Rock Musician Constructs Two Worlds"

The album musically narrates Gabriel’s dual existence, the dark side and the light side. To escape the outside world, he retreats to an internal phantom metropolis. - Huffington Post


Interior City (April 5, 2013)



The Gabriel Construct is the rock solo project of Gabriel Lucas Riccio, a vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist from Salisbury, MD. His debut album, ‘Interior City’, is a dark and atmospheric concept album featuring Travis Orbin (Darkest Hour, ex-Periphery, Of Legends) on drums, Thomas Murphy (ex-Periphery) on bass, David Stivelman (ex-Debbie Does Dallas) on guitar, Soren Larson on saxophone, and frequent collaborator Sophia Uddin on violin. The album unites players from rock, metal, classical, and jazz backgrounds to create a sound which incorporates influences from a wide variety of genres, including progressive rock, 20th century classical music, extreme metal, drum-n-bass, jazz, ’90s grunge and space rock, ’80s pop and more. The album’s densely layered vocal harmonies, distorted pianos, dissonant chords, and complex rhythms envelop the listener in a hallucinatory wall of sound.

Gabriel graduated from Swarthmore College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2011, where he won the Melvin B. Troy Prize in composition after studying under Gerald Levinson. Levinson was a student of George Crumb and Olivier Messiaen, both of whom became large influences on ‘Interior City’. Gabriel’s rock background combined with classical training provide him with a unique perspective which allows him to create a sound entirely his own.

Just as the music of ‘Interior City’ attempts to overcome the limitations of genre boundaries, the album’s concept is concerned with overcoming the mental programming which holds each of us back. It is a story about paranoia and escapism, based on a simple idea: in a society which respects nothing, every individual learns that they are not worthy of respect. The album follows one person’s tumultuous journey to regain their self respect and their ability to fully engage with the world around them, in the process revealing the darkest thoughts that drive society as a whole.

Gabriel wanted “to create a work which encourages people to live with respect and compassion, both for the world around them and for themselves. In an increasingly globalized world, it is more important than ever to recognize how our actions and lifestyles affect others.” With ‘Interior City’, he has musically documented his personal journey towards manifesting that compassion.

‘Interior City’ was engineered by Garrett Davis (The Devil Wears Prada, Train, Shinedown) and mixed/mastered by Taylor Larson (Periphery, Life on Repeat, Conditions).