Amia Venera Landscape
The Long Procession


4.5
superb

Review

by Anville USER (3 Reviews)
December 5th, 2010 | 185 replies | 11,986 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If describing this album with a genre is completely necessary, it should be called "sky-splitting earthquake-starting rock-crushing post-ambient core."

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

Occasionally there will be times when something is difficult to classify. Terms such as "math-core" and "post-hardcore" don't exactly capture the specific sound or feel of some music, and in some cases, leaves you completely scratching your head as to what to call a particular album.

For those of you not familiar with Amia Venera Landscape, they are a band from Italy playing progressive metalcore, but this is simply scratching the surface. With gigantic sweeping and awe-inspiring instrumental breaks, technical and brutal riffing, and gentle piano interludes, this is truly a concept album, with the execution of the ideas being the forefront of the albums appeal. The production is flawless, the album rises and falls, and keeps you interested, and can entrance you in moments of sheer intense beauty.

The vocal work is laced with heavy screaming by Alessandro Brun, with falsetto vocalist and guitarist Marco Berton who reminds slightly of Dallas from Alexisonfire. the vocals trade off nicely, merging with the intensity of the music. The drums and screaming keep you interested and on edge, and the soaring guitars and singing provide ample contrast to the more chaotic parts on the album. There are gorgeous drone, piano and ambient sections throughout, which usually means during listening, the album should be played all the way through, like a story. The serious meat of this album is very dense, and keeps you in anticipation.

The standout tracks are "Nicholas" and "Glances (Part II)", which really showcase the intensity and skillfulness of this band. These guys do something I didn't think a band could do, they keep it interesting without relying on typical transitions and breakdowns, using sheer originality and songwriting.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Willie
Moderator
December 5th 2010



15919 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

These guys fucking rock. I love their EP. People should check out the song "Empire" on their Myspace page:

http://www.myspace.com/amiaveneralandscape

Digging: Nero Di Marte - Derivae

Josh D.
December 5th 2010



13967 Comments


I want to, but MySpace players don't work on my computer.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
December 5th 2010



8781 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i completely forgot about this, their demo is fucking amazing

downloading now

Willie
Moderator
December 5th 2010



15919 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sucks. I didn't even know this was coming out. If the whole album is anything like the EP and the few songs on their Myspace player from this album, something in my Top 2010 list is going to get bumped.

Josh D.
December 5th 2010



13967 Comments


YouTube has a song, listening now.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
December 5th 2010



8781 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i can't find it D: where can I get this? the song Empire sounds fucking amazing

Sucks. I didn't even know this was coming out. If the whole album is anything like the EP and the few songs on their Myspace player from this album, something in my Top 2010 list is going to get bumped.


yeah definitely, Nichólas is absolutely mindblowing

BallsToTheWall
December 5th 2010



44197 Comments


Reeks of rich mahogany.

Digging: My Chemical Romance - Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge

Josh D.
December 5th 2010



13967 Comments


Many leather-bound books.

There are actually a few songs on YouTube. It's pretty good so far.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
December 5th 2010



8781 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i really really need this ;;

FelixCulpa
December 5th 2010



1240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Empire sounds awesome. Will get this!

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
December 5th 2010



8781 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

amia venera landscape posted this review on their facebook

qwer7yfreak
December 5th 2010



486 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I had no idea this band existed a few minutes ago, but now I really really want to listen to this.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
December 5th 2010



8781 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it's up on itunes for those interested

http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-long-procession/id407740753?v0=9988&ign-mpt=uo%3D1

i'm going to wait until they release it far away from itunes

Oceans
December 5th 2010



934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fuck this is pretty awesome.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
December 5th 2010



8781 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

they said they're working on making it available in more places and they said they'd let me know


weeeee~~~

Willie
Moderator
December 5th 2010



15919 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'll be buying it from iTunes at half time.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
December 5th 2010



8781 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oh and reviewer, this is the correct album cover

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u188/AmiaVL/ConsumeToLive1600pixels.jpg

Willie tell me how it is when you hear it :3

Willie
Moderator
December 5th 2010



15919 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I will. I bought it, but won't listen until tomorrow (football has priority).

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
December 5th 2010



8781 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you can order the CD now :3

http://www.amiaveneralandscape.bigcartel.com/product/amia-venera-landscape-the-long-procession

Apollo
December 5th 2010



10298 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

holy shit, this totally rules



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