The Clearing Path – Abyss Constellation

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: Avant Garde Music
Released: 2015
Buy Album [URL]: Bandcamp
Band Website: Facebook

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Band Line-up:

Gabriele Gramaglia – all vocals and instruments

Track Listing:
  1. Wings of Ascension
  2. Abyss Constellation

Hailing from Milan, Italy, The Clearing Path is an atmospheric/progressive/black musical project lead by Gabriele Gramaglia. It’s always a treat when a musician has mastered several instruments, which is one aspect that makes the band impressive, even if the one man band trope is common for this particular subgenre.

The band’s previous offering, ‘Watershed Between Earth and Firmament, released a few months prior to Abyss Constellation draws on the  influence of the landscapes of Italy. ‘Abyss’ feels miles away from this concept, moving away from earthly inspirations to something more astral. This is represented not only in the album artwork (an illustration from an old astronomy book) but also in the sound of the EP. Both tracks have an ethereal quality, balanced perfectly with the aggression of the post-black accents.

It’s difficult to review the album as two separate songs, as in order to fully experience Abyss properly the EP must be listened to in its entirety. ‘Wings of Ascension’ leads us in with haunting clean notes, making way later for the onslaught of blast beats, driving bass and black vocals.

The only downside to ‘Abyss’ is its shortness; after the 15 or so minutes of the EP I was left wanting to hear more. It will be interesting to see how Gramaglia can develop his ideas into a full-length album, and I do feel that in a way his sound could definitely benefit from this. I personally cannot wait to hear more from this band and I’m excited to see where The Clearing Path will take the concept of their next installment.

Review by Billie Webster