Generic metalcore with some melodic and progressive action going on. Where this album truly shines though is the ambient, slow, instrumental parts. The Long Procession benefits from these certain tracks and parts of songs. AVL excels at catching the ambient style of music making. Utilizing piano, acousitc guitars and slow sludge drumming to push this album towards greatness. However, it gets shoved back when the metalcore garbage blasts back on.
The instrumentals on this album are absolutely amazing. Even on the “heavy” songs, the band produces great music and the vocalist can really sing. The music on this album is truly great.
If Amia Venera Landscape would focus more on their softer music, the music their better at, the band and album as a whole would be incredible. Unfortunately, the heavier metalcore stuff just prevents it from being truly amazing. However, if you are into metalcore and enjoy soundtrack like ambient tracks, this may be the best thing to come out in years.
3.5 out of 5
Best tracks – Ascending, Marasm