Native Window: A four-piece from Arizona. They were signed by the label “Inside Out”, which probaly is the only reason why this one landed on our desk. Readers of this webzine are obviously fans of metal in varied forms. If you only listen to metal and don't see any reason to enhance your musical horizon with any other forms of music, you should stop reading now. On the other hand if you are open-minded by heart and don't mind other genres, such as folk-rock with a progressive edge, you should most definitely continue reading this review.
“Native Window” throws you back in time, to the “heyday” of progressive folk-rock. A huge inspiration from “Jethro Tull” is pretty omni-present throughout the record, calm acoustic guitar-riffs; tied together with folkish violins, accompanied with soft vocals, which somehow reminds of Mikael Kiske.
It's all melodic and folkish, which is OK by me, I had my Jethro Tull-days, but unfortunately the recipe seems to be the same throughout the 45-minutes the debut lasts. The only standout-track here is “Blood In The Water” which has a more funky-tune to it, a nice break from the standard poppy folkrock, which unfotunately reappears after mentioned track.
All in all “Native Window” is an innocent band which temporary puts a little smile on your face. I doubt they will establish a fan-group through the metal-environment, if you're into bands like “Jethro Tull” and the American folk-rock tradition in general, you can blindly invest your time and money in this band, but due to the fact that this is an online-METAL-magazine I doubt that “Native Window” will reach their target group here.Over and out.