Watershed Between Earth And Firmament, the debut recording from Italian solo outfit, THE CLEARING PATH, is out now on Avantgarde Music, the album now playing in its eviscerating, stunning entirety.
Initially set for independent release this month, immediately after the first public announcement of the impending album, Avantgarde Music signed THE CLEARING PATH for the release of Watershed Between Earth And Firmament, which now sees young soloist Gabriele Gramaglia unexpectedly joining the likes of Mayhem, Taake, Abigor, Carpathian Forest, Evoken, Darkspace, Thaw and more within the label’s ranks. A dense, thirty-minute release, the album is comprised of six widely conceptual yet crisply-recorded movements, mastered by Marco Gervasio and fitted with custom artwork painted by Luca Devinu/Blessend. Drawing energetic production and energetic qualities from the scathing punk/hardcore persuasion of Converge, Tragedy and His Hero Is Gone, yet wholly enveloping them into a modernized, blackened album for fans of Blut Aus Nord, Enslaved and Deathspell Omega alike, Watershed Between Earth And Firmament is a very unexpected yet immediately embraced slab of blazing, high quality metal.
THE CLEARING PATH‘s Watershed Between Earth And Firmament is now playing in its entirety and available for download at THIS LOCATION.
A CD version of the album will be released in the coming months.
Fully written, executed, recorded and mixed by Gabriele Gramaglia, following the demise of his former outfit, ThySolace, THE CLEARING PATH‘s Watershed Between Earth And Firmament is a concept album about spiritual renaissance inspired by the beauty of mountainous landscapes of the Italian Alps north of the creator’s homeland, conceived in reflection about one of the darkest periods in his life. The record stands as a turning point, searching for the light to find the path back to normalcy, metaphorically describing a trek from the slopes of a majestic mountain to its summit in which, after many efforts and obstacles, some semblance of solace is found.
Stand by for more updates on THE CLEARING PATH in the months ahead, as this debut is only the beginning of an extensive journey for the outfit.
“This is the project of Gabriele Gramaglia, who incorporates a love of Converge-heightened, spastic hardcore heaviness into his anguished odes to the great outdoors. The percussion and vocal rhythms here really set Gramaglia’s solo project apart from the pack. The music retains black metal’s otherworldly quality without losing the attention of mere mortals like us (and presumably you).” – Decibel Magazine
“…Watershed Between Earth and Firmament features six blistering tracks that fans of Celeste and Castevet will be enamored with… Thunderous drumming, hellacious riffs and sinister vocals are all present on this auditory kick in the teeth.” – American Aftermath