Classifying music into subgenres can be a tedious – if often neccessary – excercise. And sometimes those classifications are simply made to be broken, continuously redefining the nuances of genre. Bands such as Italy’s Amia Venera Landscape are doing just that. Back in 2010, the band released an album called The Long Procession that features a wide array of musical styles, including post-metal, atmospheric sludge, post-hardcore, progressive metal, hardcore, drone, and more. The mix of each of these styles, in a signature and delicate blend, is a very hefty and worthwhile listen for anyone seeking uniqueness (even if there are moments of familiarity throughout).
Fast forward two years to the present. The band is currently working toward putting out some new music, still taking the DIY route as they did with the self-release of The Long Procession. So far, AVL have flown mostly under the radar of a lot of metal outlets, but count on that to change if the new material is on par with their debut album. Make sure you’re not late to that party; check out The Long Procession and stay up to date on all of AVL’s happenings–I promise you won’t regret it. Listen to a couple of tunes from these Italian gentlemen below, then go buy some of their stuff, including all of The Long Procession on Bandcamp.