CONSTANTINE — Divine Design (review)

CONSTANTINE — Divine Design album cover Album · 2011 · Progressive Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
IndianaJones
What an excellent debut album by the Finnish prog metallers Constantine. The band has done their homework and they play together very tight despite the complex nature of the music. Often with progressive metal the letdown are the solos and over technical passages that bore anyone except the musicians themselves, but this is not the case here. Although almost all songs clock over eight minutes, there is no feeling of overstretching the songs, they work in their whole.

Even though some of the songs suffer from a bit weaker vocal melodies (A Change in the Tide especially) the songs are strong troughout the album and the whole package is worth listening. The instrumental work is fantastic and make up for the few less good vocal parts, especially the drumming is world class.

The personal favourites would be The Shadow Within (only song under eight minutes here), Through the Veil of Death and the monumental The Darkest Grace (a fan favourite here in Finland amongst the relatively small fanbase).

If progressiveness doesn't scare you, please listen to this album. I personally think that Constantine is too good to be such an unknown band, so try it out!
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