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Constellatia – ‘Magisterial Romance’

Season of Mist
Emperor, Agalloch, Wolves in the Throne Room, Primordial, Neurosis
Release Date
November 11, 2022
Season of Mist
Progressive Black Metal

                The night is cold, the campfire flickers and burns as little embers fleck up into the sky. Winter is no longer coming. Winter is here. This is the perfect month for black metal and its many derivatives. One band who are exploring progressive black metal are Constellatia who are back with their sophomore album ‘Magisterial Romance’.

                What joy and warmth ‘Magisterial Romance’ brings. This is not your usual blast of underground black metal that only you and some other basement dwelling bloke has heard of, nor is ‘Magisterial Romance’ the sound of a band wandering into post black metal. This is a band which use the term progressive very well, yes there are only four tracks here clocking in at under 40 minutes, but through late 90’s black metal style production and musicianship, Constellatia manage to pull at the interest of a wide demographic of black metal fans. Through moments of blast beats, tremolo picking and demonic shrieks to more atmospheric, ambient passages ‘Magisterial Romance’ has a little something for everyone with this album having all the appeal of Emperor, Agalloch and Wolves in the Throne Room whilst some passages of guitar playing seriously delve into the world of Pink Floyd and Cult of Luna.

                Even within the metal sphere, black metal will always be niche and there are quite frankly a lot of bands doing nothing special, but Constellatia are not one of them. ‘Magisterial Romance’ is the sound of a band doing something really interesting and is certainly worth checking out.

"the sound of Constellatia spreading their wings"

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