Rollicking metalcore riffs, with as much ferocity as a derailed freight train? Diminished chords, striking as bolts of lightning against an otherwise serene landscape? Me expressing apparent fanboyism? These three things all lead to one conclusion: Amia Venera Landscape, the Italian metal act that dropped jaws everywhere in late 2010. Sure, their debut album The Long Procession was released a tad too late to appear on most music critics' Best Of 2010 lists, but none of us have forgotten the group's landmark debut.
And now for some very exciting news - Amia Venera Landscape has announced the release of their sophomore full-length! It'll be coming out at some point this winter, so we won't have to wait much longer. The group also claims to have written more than 90 tracks in the last year or two, which is exciting but also a bit disconcerting. After all, The Long Procession was amazing, but it may have lived up to its title a bit too much through its 70-minute runtime. Everything the group touches is gold, though, so perhaps I shouldn't worry.