Amia Venera Landscape
The Long Procession


4.0
excellent

Review

by Grayson Hale USER (33 Reviews)
April 20th, 2013 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A crushing blend of post-hardcore, atmospheric sludge metal, ambient, and then some.

For critics, placing music into genres is often seen as a necessary evil. Everything has to sound like something before it so that they can all fit neatly into the same labelled folder together. For the most part this system works and any kind of music can be fairly accurately described with just one genre tag. But every now and again a band or musician comes along and just messes with the whole system. Amia Venera Landscape is one of those bands.

While they may not be able to claim complete originality, Amia Venera Landscape draw from so many different influences that it’s nigh impossible to pin them down to just one style. Perhaps the most immediate sound that comes to mind is that of post-hardcore, and there are certainly enough Define the Great Line-era Underoath-sounding riffs and vocal stylings for them to be classified as such. But what about that speed and technicality in “Empire” that sounds like it could have been taken straight from a Dillinger Escape Plan record? Or the atmospheric post-metal sections akin to bands such as Isis and Rosetta? There is even a lengthy ambient passage that constitutes much of the album’s midsection.

Music as diverse as this always has the potential to sound over-the-top but Amia Venera Landscape generally avoid falling into this trap. The songs are lengthy and progressive but rarely does anything sound out of place. When the band delve head-first into ambience with “Ascending,” it comes at just the right time; the previous three tracks all revolve around the post-hardcore sound mentioned earlier and “Ascending” is the perfect breather. Elsewhere, “Marasm” is perhaps the best track on The Long Procession (tied with “Empire”). A sprawling, near 15-minute instrumental based around epic post-metal soundscapes, “Marasm” sees the band exploring a slightly longer route to kicking your face in and the result is simply stunning. The song is allowed to expand and build slowly and it reaps massive benefits from this. “Nicholas” is the final piece of the puzzle and it really should have been the closer. Instead, the album continues for another 10 minutes with a couple of somewhat less impressive tracks. While they may not be bad songs per say, they aren’t quite able to match up to the intensity of the previous eight compositions and the added length just drags the album a little too far over a comfortable running time. This is ultimately a minor complaint, however, for an otherwise brilliant record.

I really couldn’t tell you which genre Amia Venera Landscape falls under, but what I can tell you is that this is one hell of an album that, if approached with an open-mind, you certainly won’t regret listening to.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
loveisamixtape
April 20th 2013


6274 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i haven't listened to this in soooooooo long

bakkermaarten007
April 20th 2013


3687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Traitor's March is so epic, excellent when feeling vengeful

bakkermaarten007
April 20th 2013


3687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's like every time the screamer's emotions get heated up, the drummer delivers an extra punch and it comes all in the face of the listener. Meanwhile the guitar players pull this musical cloud over you.

Hawks
April 20th 2013


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Can't wait for the new album.

SAPoodle
April 20th 2013


510 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

And all the albums after that!

SputnikSweetheart
April 20th 2013


206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

whatever happened to this band....

UnnamedOcean
April 20th 2013


3980 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Last I heard they were in pre production for their next album.

SAPoodle
April 20th 2013


510 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

They've recorded 80 or so songs that will be released over the next few years. First album is due to be released soon

Vespiion
April 20th 2013


1222 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listened to this album for the first time on the day of my grandmother's funeral. Needless to say, goddamn roller coaster of emotions.

ZilbelPing
April 20th 2013


6166 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This was one of the first albums I was introduced to through sputnik.

wacknizzle
April 20th 2013


13683 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, I just can't stand much extra fat this album has on it. Way too much ambience that builds to nowhere.

Digging: Phobocosm - Deprived

DurzoBlint
April 20th 2013


1195 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I want a new album now. Already have over 1.5k listens to the tracks on this album in total. 1561 to
be exact.

SAPoodle
April 20th 2013


510 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You sir, are definitely in need of some new AVL tunes

DurzoBlint
April 20th 2013


1195 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Indeed. The real crime here is that I haven't seen them live because they haven't come to my
country.... I would kill to hear this album in its entirety live.

SAPoodle
April 20th 2013


510 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It kills me inside when people say that because I get NO bands ever coming to my country haha! All relative though

DurzoBlint
April 20th 2013


1195 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Haha sorry man xD you must get some decent talent in your country right?

SAPoodle
April 20th 2013


510 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Decent is the right word. I'm from South Africa so we don't really get international acts coming by

Scoot
April 20th 2013


17914 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah stoked for the new one

Digging: Renounced - The Melancholy We Ache

Scoot
April 20th 2013


17914 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

also this band has sputnik to thank for their sudden surge in popularity

Epicenter
April 21st 2013


174 Comments


This band is too awesome.



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