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Amia Venera Landscape - The Long Procession Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 9
Musicianship 8.5
Lyrics 9
Production 8.5
Creativity 8.75
Lasting Value 8.5
Reviewer Tilt 9.5
Final Verdict: 88%
Member Ratings
Vocals 10
Musicianship 9.75
Lyrics 9.5
Production 9.75
Creativity 10
Lasting Value 9.75
Reviewer Tilt 9.5
Average: 98%
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Amia Venera Landscape - The Long Procession

Reviewed by: Sean Rizzo (01/31/11)
Amia Venera Landscape - The Long Procession
Record Label: Independent
Release Date: December 4, 2010

In 2007, the metalcore sextet known as Amia Venera Landscape was born, immediately making waves in the Italian music scene and playing with such big names as Underoath and August Burns Red. One year later, they released their debut EP, garnering them much more widespread attention. Two years after that and only about two months ago, they have unleashed the fusion of their budding talents: the imposing behemoth known as The Long Procession.

Amia Venera Landscape clearly takes naming their albums very seriously. The Long Procession sounds just like what its name implies, pulling out all the stops with crushingly powerful and adept musicianship throughout its entirety, like the boastfully robust coronation of new royalty. Thunderous and intimidating growls from lead vocalist Alessandro Brun are best showcased in the first track, “Empires”; accompanied by intricately arranged yet wildly unhinged riffs from the guitar quartet, best showcased in the fourteen minute epic, “Marasm”. These are met all the while by the rapid, quaking percussion of Simone Pellegrini, tearing down the old dynasty and introducing the new. Amidst the unrelenting hurricane comes the eye of the storm: Marco Berton’s sensational clean vocal performances, possibly the band’s greatest asset, accompanied by deep and soothing post rock-esque guitars. It is in these moments, best represented in “Glances (Part II)”, that the listener can escape the swiftly moving metalcore blur and reflect on the meticulous assembly of both what they have heard and are hearing.

The Long Procession is unquestionably best appreciated as a whole. As one does so, it becomes apparent that its progressive model vastly launches from its own contrail, feeding its own increasingly detailed and dynamic growth. The first four tracks are dark and ominous, transitioning seamlessly between each track through the album’s core into the final three, standing bright and triumphant. You could pinpoint any second from any section of every track on the whole album and be equally impressed with the minutia and technical skill of the composition; not a noticeable breakdown to be found. Herein, however, also lays The Long Procession’s Achilles heel. The album meanders around a concise individual direction for each track at several points; lost in the fog of its own complexity. Apart from my three favored tracks, the rest tend to become somewhat monotonous and indistinguishable from each other.

“Nicholas” escapes this vice by effectively representing the entirety of Amia Venera Landscape’s sound and experience, as well as “Glances (Part II)” and “Marasm” for reasons listed above. There were several instances where I lost my place and forgot which track I was listening to as I gathered my thoughts, needing to look back at iTunes to refresh my memory. Secondly, though the lyrics are exceptionally profound when standing alone, they are extremely unclear inside the screams, losing their accustomed status as a recognizable focal point when paired with the music. Should the band address these flaws and make each song distinctly clear and memorable while still ingeniously consolidating their art into a full-bodied experience, they will be able to create even grander masterpieces in the future.

Amia Venera Landscape have shown themselves to be another astounding example of how the American music industry and their lineups hold a limited sphere of influence over foreign bands. They have done what so many stateside metalcore bands have sidestepped: creating technically and expressively complex art that can be appreciated in various tiers and dimensions, rather than sticking to the exhausted formula of writing generic breakdowns for kids to mosh to. American labels should take note; because Amia Venera Landscape are exactly the sort of revolutionary band Solid State should be fighting tooth and nail over (lol double entendre) for a signing.

EDIT: Since I wrote this, I've magically fallen in love with the unclean vocals and appreciate them as they are. Score has been adjusted to reflect this.

Recommended If You LikeCult of Luna, Underoath, August Burns Red, Devil Sold His Soul, Holding Onto Hope, Counterparts, Of Machines

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01:49 PM on 02/02/11
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That is a really good review. I'm going to have to check this album out.
Awesome.
04:48 PM on 02/02/11
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I don't fully understand how you can say the lyrics are "exceptionally profound" yet only give them a 6.75.
04:49 PM on 02/02/11
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I don't fully understand how you can say the lyrics are "exceptionally profound" yet only give them a 6.75.
It's because you can't really hear them. I figured someone would ask that, haha.
04:51 PM on 02/02/11
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It's because you can't really hear them. I figured someone would ask that, haha.
Wouldn't that have more to do with production? Or the vocals, even? The words themselves shouldn't take heat just because they're difficult to decipher at times.
04:54 PM on 02/02/11
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Wouldn't that have more to do with production? Or the vocals, even? The words themselves shouldn't take heat just because they're difficult to decipher at times.
I thought about that but aside from the lyrics mess up they were great, so I just lowered lyrics because the issue wasn't pertinent to vocals or production as a whole.
08:46 PM on 02/05/11
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the RIYL is pretty ... awful... wrong.

it's more like mixing the dark parts of underoath with the heavy parts of alexisonfire and beating someone to death at someone elses funeral.
that's how epic it is.


also, no part of this should be rated under a 9. for a debut album, this is unbeatable.
03:14 AM on 02/11/11
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Not reminiscent of Alexisonfire in the slightest, not an unbeatable debut album. It's solid for what it is but they're not revolutionary in the slightest. They have a slightly unique take on modern metalcore and it's a good album, but the ratings here are accurate. Giving everything a 9 or above would be far too overzealous.
07:23 PM on 02/16/11
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Not reminiscent of Alexisonfire in the slightest, not an unbeatable debut album. It's solid for what it is but they're not revolutionary in the slightest. They have a slightly unique take on modern metalcore and it's a good album, but the ratings here are accurate. Giving everything a 9 or above would be far too overzealous.
the RIYL is pretty ... awful... wrong.

it's more like mixing the dark parts of underoath with the heavy parts of alexisonfire and beating someone to death at someone elses funeral.
that's how epic it is.


also, no part of this should be rated under a 9. for a debut album, this is unbeatable.
Yeah, no.
12:13 PM on 03/03/11
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Not reminiscent of Alexisonfire in the slightest, not an unbeatable debut album. It's solid for what it is but they're not revolutionary in the slightest. They have a slightly unique take on modern metalcore and it's a good album, but the ratings here are accurate. Giving everything a 9 or above would be far too overzealous.
Someone with sense, nice to see.
09:01 AM on 03/27/11
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This is one of my favorite cds so far. I remember when it was just a 3 song ep. They definitely stepped up on the quality.
11:54 AM on 03/30/11
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This is one of my favorite cds so far. I remember when it was just a 3 song ep. They definitely stepped up on the quality.
What did you think of it? Favorite parts, any gripes?
12:45 PM on 03/30/11
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I'm not a big fan of interludes...There are three of them on this cd. One of them is a bit long. If they had to stick one in, it should be at the beginning of the album. Empire is such a strong track. It really reminds me of what converge would have.
Marasm could have been shortened up a tad...It's over 14 minutes long and would be a great if it was two separate tracks

For me I like
Empire
A New Aurora
My Hands Will Burn First
Glances (Part II)
Marasm
Nichòlas
The Traitors' March


The three songs they have from the ep have a deeper and more raw sound to it on this version.
08:23 AM on 08/25/11
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Cannot wait to have enough money to buy this! Great review, will comment after I get a chance to get my snobby hands on lossless.
09:15 PM on 08/25/11
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Cannot wait to have enough money to buy this! Great review, will comment after I get a chance to get my snobby hands on lossless.
Thank you! And yes, buy this ASAP!
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