“Newcomer of the Year – Finnish Metal Awards” – Winners
Since 2006, the Finnish melodic heavy / progressive metallers Constantine have been invading the ears and minds of everyone fortunate enough to cross paths with them. Forging their unique sound-scape from the best elements of traditional heavy metal, power metal and progressive metal, the band is sure to catch the listener’s attention by high and loud vocals, ass-kicking riffs and melodies that keep echoing in one’s head.
The band released their debut album “Divine Design” in 2011 via Palokka Records to a near-universal praise, album-of-the-week nomination from the biggest metal medium in Finland, Imperiumi.net and debuted as no. 1 on the chart on digital downloads of metal songs in a leading Finnish store. The album received such reception that Constantine won the annual “Newcomer of the Year” in by far the most important metal awards of Finland, “Finnish Metal Awards”.
The album itself is a powerful presentation of musical talent and songwriting ability from this young quintet and these songs demand to be heard live. The band excels on the album, but one should see the band in its true element – on stage. Renowned for their energetic live shows and high standard of performing, the band has never received a single bad review after a show. While most bands play short gigs in fear of boring the audience, Constantine goes on stage with full force and set list, swapping songs and surprising the audience every now and then by acoustic versions or interesting cover songs. One can never predict what is about to happen.
Constantine is definitely one of the most interesting new bands in the melodic heavy / progressive metal – genre and worth checking out. As a reviewer once said:
” I will eat my proverbial hat if this five piece doesn’t go onto bigger and better things”.