Amia Venera Landscape
The Long Procession


4.0
excellent

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
December 16th, 2010 | 2372 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Don’t finalize those best of 2010 lists yet. Massive and intense, Amia Venera Landscape pummel you with chaotic riffs, violent shouts and frenzied percussion without forgetting to let up just often enough to make you drop your guard.

This year has been great for metal music (and music in general, it seems), but before anyone starts compiling their ‘best of 2010’ list there is another album that must be heard. The Long Procession is the debut album by Italian sextet Amia Venera Landscape and it is absolutely ferocious throughout most of its sixty-six minute run-time. Imagine, if you will, the chaotic post-hardcore riffs of Define the Great Line-era Underoath combined with the expansive peaks and valleys of a latter-day Isis track, add a bit of math metal to the mix, and finally push up the levels of intensity as well as the ambient atmospheres and you’ll have a basic idea of what to expect. The problem is that until you actually receive the frenzied bludgeoning that this album delivers, you’re still probably not even close to knowing what is actually on The Long Procession.

Almost every aspect of this album is huge and overwhelming. The vocalist’s massive growl/scream dominates over almost every track and is delivered with a conviction that is rarely matched. As if that isn’t enough, most of the songs simply move from one giant climactic set of riffs and notes to the next with only the occasional quiet reprieve. Taking things one step further, the entire collection flows from one track to the next causing the album to feel like one massive sledgehammer of a song. The epic feel doesn’t end there, though. The songs have a way of building to a point where it seems as though they couldn’t get any more powerful, and it’s usually at that instance that they lurch forward one final time to an entirely new dynamic level. Whether it is the huge closing of “Empire” that somehow manages to surpass the first four minutes of unrelenting chaos or the giant riff that comes from out of nowhere on “A New Aurora,” they always seem to find a way to step up the power. Even the portions that include clean singing and melodic passages can’t suitably be called melodious because the aggression is constantly maintained by their beast of a drummer. Quite simply, if the drummer is on the track he is beating the *** out of his kit with focused hostility.

Of course, sixty-six minutes of unrelenting aggression would eventually lose its edge if there was absolutely nothing to contrast with it and that is why the band also makes excellent use of ambient passages within the album. The first prolonged instance of this ambient element is found on the eight minute track, “Ascending” – this is notable for a few reasons. The largest reason is because it is the perfect spot to mention that the band may occasionally take the ambient side a little too far. It’s really a minor nit-pick, but a few moments less of ambience here-and-there would have probably actually helped the pacing of the album. Again, it’s only a minor issue since most of the time the ambient sections are kept to a simple piano melody or a few moments of abstract synth sounds. The other reason worth mentioning “Ascending” is that it comes at the perfect time because it allows the listener to catch their breath after the first three bludgeoning tracks and sets the stage for the fourteen-minute monster of an instrumental, “Marasm.” “Marasm” is the culmination of all Amia Venera Landscape’s various musical influences crammed into a brooding instrumental piece that transitions from the serene to the chaotic with regularity.

At a time when most people have already set their top albums of the year in stone, Amia Venera Landscape have shown up at the last possible moment to shatter those lists. Their music is easily some of the most intense of the year due to thunderous shouts, monstrous post hardcore/metal riffs, frantic percussion and the ability to draw down often enough to keep things from just becoming a dull roar. If there is only one final new album that you listen to this year it absolutely should be The Long Procession by Amia Venera Landscape.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 16th 2010


31340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album's a goddamn shockwave

Winsomniac
December 16th 2010


7981 Comments


Very nicely written and FUCK YEAH THIS BAND.

Emim
December 16th 2010


26646 Comments


So good

Willie
Moderator
December 16th 2010


16048 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wrote this up pretty quick because I wanted to get it out as soon as I could. I'm hoping more people will look into these guys -- except Hep Kat... what's up with that 3 ;)

Edit: So rate it and maybe it will eventually make it into the "Popular Albums" area (it will never make "BEST NEW MUSIC" because that requires additional favorable staff ratings).

Digging: Skrew - Universal Immolation

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
December 16th 2010


2806 Comments


Syntactically, I found this review a bit awkward, but it was a quick write up as you said. I haven't been able to get behind a single metal album this year, so hopefully this is the one.

Willie
Moderator
December 16th 2010


16048 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I felt that too. That's probably more due to the 5-hour energy drink than the amount of time spent writing it. It's hard to focus ;) I look forward to your eventual opinion.

iamSeraph
December 16th 2010


865 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good review willie.
only now after my third listen I detect some minor flaws of the record.

1. it's definitely too long (in general).
2. some songs could have been shortened easily (marasm, a traitor's march), while others could have been cut out completely without a problem or w/o destroying the flow of the record (glances part I, infinite sunset of the sleepless mind).
3. the last song is too weak/bad to end the album properly. nicholas would have been a better pick.
4. letting ascending fade into glances part I is simply retarded. a massive ambient track leads into another, shorter ambient track. it should have led to one of the first three songs featuring some vocals.
5. the EP surely had a weaker production, but overall it had a more apocalyptic feel. this is especially noticeable comparing the endings of old and new nicholas and old/new glances (II).

overall it's an awesome, huge record (especially considering that it's a debut one), but I simply can't deny these facts I stated above. maybe rating it down to a 4 next week. we'll see.




Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 16th 2010


31340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So rate it and maybe it will eventually make it into the "Popular Albums" area (it will never make "BEST NEW MUSIC" because that requires additional favorable staff ratings).


Redsky would be 1

Imperial
December 16th 2010


1733 Comments


reminds me so much of misery signals

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
December 16th 2010


3771 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like this but it's looonnnngggggggg

Digging: Grouper - Ruins

Emim
December 16th 2010


26646 Comments


That's what she said.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
December 16th 2010


8864 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album is fucking amazing

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
December 16th 2010


3771 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

How... did you know?

Blaizend
December 16th 2010


647 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Guess I don't need to finish my review. Nice work!

Hawks
December 16th 2010


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Imagine, if you will, the chaotic post-hardcore riffs of Define the Great Line-era Underoath

Well this line definitely sold me. Have this downloaded just gotta listen to it.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
December 16th 2010


8864 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hawks do it now~

Emim
December 16th 2010


26646 Comments


How... did you know?


I am she, of course


greg84
Staff Reviewer
December 16th 2010


7417 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good album. I don't know if it has any lasting power though. It seems kind of disposable. I'll try to
listen to it more for sure.

Digging: Dope Body - Lifer

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
December 16th 2010


3771 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ugh that jawline should have given it away.

PinkBlackberry
December 16th 2010


2346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Underoath Define the Great Line
Isis Panopticon
BATS Red In Tooth and Claw
Meshuggah obZen


I fucking need this



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