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Band
The Clearing Path
Title
Watershed Between Earth and Firmament
Type
LP/EP
Company
I, Voidhanger
YOR
2017
Style
Black
5/27/2018 - Review by: Greg Watson
Black metal that pushes the boundaries of the genre
The Clearing Path clearly aren't afraid to reach beyond the scope of black metal to cull what they need to put together an album. 'Watershed' is an album that fans of classic black metal can get into as easily as fans of the avant garde/bizarre black metal can as well. This is an album that you really need to dive in to pretty heavily in order to really appreciate the intricate songwriting and multiple musical layers that are present throughout the release. The roots of traditional black metal are intertwined with post black metal and the band utilize keys in a way that keeps them more in the background for effect rather than overthrowing all the other instrumentation. I've been listening to this one for several weeks now and am still attempting to wrap my head around everything that is going on with this release. But whatever sort of black metal you like, as a fan of the genre you will not want to miss this album.
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REVIEWER DATE MADE RATING
Watershed Between Earth and Firmament
2017
I, Voidhanger
Greg Watson5/27/2018
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