Amia Venera Landscape
The Long Procession


5.0
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Review

by grayman USER (2 Reviews)
February 22nd, 2011 | 23 replies | 4,730 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Progressive rock at its finest, Amia Venera Landscape has created a debut that knocks you off your feet, gives you a chance to stand back up, and then proceeds to knock you off your feet again.

4 of 7 thought this review was well written

Many bands desire to create what music listeners call a "sprawling epic". This occurs often when a band produces a piece of music that causes the listener to feel as if he or she is on a journey of epic proportions. Most bands that consciously try to make this kind of music come off as pretentious and arrogant, and if a band does make this sort of album, it is after years of creative energy and experience is put forth.

And yet, here I am, describing Amia Venera Landscape's debut LP as just this: a sprawling epic. But the Long Procession doesn't just sprawl. It soars.

Listeners enter the realm of The Long Procession with the ear-splitting opener, Empire. With furious screaming and the persistent pounding of drums, Empire is one of the LP's heaviest songs. The soft, soothing piano solo and the close of Empire doubles as a more-than-effective intro to the orgiastic opening post-hardcore riffs of the second track, A New Aurora. Another album highlight, Aurora reaches grandiose heights not reached at many other points in this album.

After the excellent My Hands Will Burn, The Long Procession begins its first descent into ambience with the 8-minute Ascending. If A New Aurora was a peak in the mountainous record being traversed, then Ascending and Glances Pt. I are valleys, towns below where the listener can catch his or her breath. These tracks are gorgeous and haunting, and while they usually aren't tracks one may choose to listen to as stand-alones, they are a crucial element in the flow and structure of the record.

The single, Glances Pt. II, follows, providing extended time to listen to Marco Berton's gorgeous clean vocals. Following this is the album's behemoth: the 14-minute Marasm. The contents of this epic range from calming ambient interludes to thrashing guitar solos to earthquake-inducing drums. Following closely behind Marasm is Nicolas, a 9 minute track that reaches all the album's highs and lows with intense furiosity.

The album closes with another ambient interlude and the fitting closer The Traitor's March.

The soaring, sprawling epic that is The Long Procession will not be forgotten by fans of progressive metal or by fans of metal in general. This is the start of a beautiful relationship with Amia Venera Landscape.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Tyrael
February 22nd 2011



20395 Comments


So, this is prog rock? Uhhh...

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LegendofPittman
February 22nd 2011



2928 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Prog... really?
Just so you know, this is generally Metalcore with a lot of Post-Metal influence.

MrHotMoms
February 22nd 2011



617 Comments


fuckin praha

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2011



5612 Comments


there's an unwritten rule here that one reviewer's review should vanish first from the main reviewing page, so as for the reviewer to post his next one.

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Tyrael
February 22nd 2011



20395 Comments


Or the one-review-per-day-rule.
Don't forget about the you-idiots-stop-posting-all-these-reviews-about-the-same-goddamn-album-and-flooding-the-main-page-rule.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
February 22nd 2011



8581 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it's cool that you dig this album that much but the review isn't that good

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TheStig
February 22nd 2011



253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Too many adjectives, not enough substance. Not a very bad review, but not that great either.

fr33convict
February 22nd 2011



11678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Not a great review. Not gonna neg though. Your descriptions could use quite a bit of work. You said the drums are cool, the atmosphere is cool, and that all the songs are all really long. You never exactly gave me a clear picture of what the album sounds like and I' had to go off of my memory of what this sounded like. The review is also a bit on the short side. You could add in some better descriptions and bulk it up a bit.

Also, this is Metalcore with Post Metal influence, not Progressive Rock :P

RiversCuomo
February 22nd 2011



439 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album is amazing. Pos'd to smite the retards

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
February 22nd 2011



23652 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is so not prog rock
edit: anyone else wanna have a couple of cracks at this dead horse?

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DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
February 22nd 2011



8581 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this isn't prog rock :3c

climactic
February 22nd 2011



17261 Comments


The album closes with another ambient interlude


closes with an interlude? hahahaha

Scoot
February 22nd 2011



17486 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

awesome album, meh review

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
February 22nd 2011



23652 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

no, it closes with an intro

MO
February 22nd 2011



17364 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great album

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North0House
February 22nd 2011



1764 Comments


If this is prog rock then Porcupine Tree is post-metal.

Willie
Moderator
February 22nd 2011



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck yeah, I've been looking for a new post metal band and this porcupine tree band is it. It's like a sign from god.

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eternium
February 22nd 2011



16209 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Definitely has a good amount of post-metal and mathcore in it but not quite prog.

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North0House
February 22nd 2011



1764 Comments


PORCUPINE TREE REPLACES ISIS FOR ME 'CAUSE THEY'RE SO HARDCORE METAL.


Crap, I do miss Isis though...

MO
February 22nd 2011



17364 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Porcupine Tree is amazing.



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