Amia Venera Landscape
The Long Procession


4.5
superb

Review

by myhigherpie USER (13 Reviews)
December 18th, 2010 | 34 replies | 5,051 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist


5 of 6 thought this review was well written

No, that is not the sound of the sky literally splitting asunder, but it sure feels like it. Like a kick in the most vulnerable area of your fragile, tiny testicles, Amia Venera Landscape lands seemingly out of nowhere at the end of a year filled with incredibly high quality metal albums, with a debut that forcefully crushes all of them like tin foil into a nice little ball and tosses them into the outer atmosphere. It’s almost hard to believe when you consider albums like Axioma Ethica Odini, Option Paralysis, Majesty and Decay, and A Determinism of Morality, but it’s true. Imagine if Underoath had the urgency of Converge and the earth-shattering effect and ambient nuance of bands like Isis or Cult of Luna. Such a description hardly does it justice however: The Long Procession simply has to be experienced for it to be understood.

A cliché In metal critiques is describing the riffs as ‘crushing’ or ‘monolithic,’ words I tend to avoid because of their over-use. My own rule seems to have gotten the better of me, however, because I can’t seem to think of any other words to describe them. One word however, that I will describe them with is ‘unyielding,’ a word that accurately describes most of the album. Its entire sixty-six minute run-time can be described as relentless, unyielding, uncompromising, and utterly vast in scope and emotional catharsis. Take Empire, as effective an album opener as any. With every passage, the song raises the bar of intense dramatic catharsis until, just when you think it couldn’t get any better, this one last riff just lands smack dab in the center of it all and just sweeps it all up into a previously unexplored level of emotional expurgation.

It’s not just the guitars that lend Amia Venera Landscape their soundscaping intensity, however. The vocalist is utterly convincing in his passion, roaring over his own towering music with just as much power. Clean vocals bring us back down with the soothing effect of making the album just a bit more bearable when things get too heavy. The drums pound with all the vigor and subtlety of a monster truck derby, driving and propelling the music in one direction: straight ahead, right through the fork in the road. And even then, with all this intensity, the band still manages to show a soft side, with more ambient sections, often just a single keyboard or synth line, breaking up the album, making it a bit more manageable. Sometimes these sections could be considered an issue, because they tend to drag on for too long, and are definitely a contributing factor to the unnecessary lengthiness, but when everything else is as top notch as it is on The Long Procession, such a complaint is minor.

As Marasm ends with a fading whisper, I sit and contemplate the 14 minutes that preceded it. A wall of riffs and driving, urgent melodies and hostile rhythms juxtaposed by simple, stunningly gorgeous ambient sections, and the lines between structure and order become blurred, and you find everything is synthesized into a big swirling mass of sounds that begin to blur together, almost like a dream. The Long Procession isn’t your ordinary metal album. Amia Venera Landscape isn’t your ordinary metal band. This is something different, yet familiar. Uncompromising in its catharsis, yet dream-like in its ethereal beauty. In a year full of some of the most incredible metal to ever grace the genre, this is the last big surprise, and it is certainly the best.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
myhigherpie
December 18th 2010



3027 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hmm... it didn't indent :/

Mordecai.
December 18th 2010



8270 Comments


is this really any good, or is everyone fucking with me?

myhigherpie
December 18th 2010



3027 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah it is.

It's ALMOST as big as Starkweather's newest, but much prettier.

myhigherpie
December 18th 2010



3027 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I didn't give myself enough time to look this over >_>

ahhh I hate editing sputnik reviewsss

Mordecai.
December 18th 2010



8270 Comments


no one actually reads the reviews dude. but yeh ok, i'll check these guys out.

PinkBlackberry
December 18th 2010



2346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Mordecai, you seem to post a lot on bands I tend to enjoy, and these guys blow me away. It's such a fucking experience this album.

you will enjoy it, for real.

Josh D.
December 18th 2010



13967 Comments


Listening to "Empire" because I don't remember what they sound like.

Pretty good.

Mordecai.
December 18th 2010



8270 Comments


downloading now

qwe3
December 18th 2010



21353 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

looked up "glances" on youtube and it sucked wont get

Josh D.
December 18th 2010



13967 Comments


"Empire" actually drags too much for the last few minutes.

qwe3
December 18th 2010



21353 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

isnt this like over an hour long

PinkBlackberry
December 18th 2010



2346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah.

it's one of those albums that doesn't feel like time is going by like it should be. It's weird as fuck

qwe3
December 18th 2010



21353 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

singer sounds so much like the dude from rosetta

listened to nicholas that was alright until it got tedious midway through

PinkBlackberry
December 18th 2010



2346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think the end of Nicholas r00lz

THIEF
December 18th 2010



237 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

serious, great album and highly recommended for fans of post-hardcore, progressive metal, or heavier music in
general. To be honest, there is a little bit of everything to be found here, hell, even post-metal makes a brief
appearance at the party.

TheFantasticDangler
December 18th 2010



1150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album rules

Motiv3
December 18th 2010



8920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

album is a lot to take in but it really rules. A lot of new bands have been hyped up this year and havent met up to expectation but this band is definitely something.

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JustJoe
December 18th 2010



1399 Comments


"Nicholas", man...

JustJoe
December 18th 2010



1399 Comments


Edit: Nick M

Willie
Moderator
December 19th 2010



15877 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent review. I think it might have got more exposure if you had waited until the featured one was off the front page, though.

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