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Over the years, Chicago’s Russian Circles have honed their craft of creating brash, instrumental rock music that can be intimate and subtly emotive—not an easy feat without vocals. They diffuse what can be a disconnect in instrumental music with an organic warmth balancing beauty and beastliness, chaos and serenity. Memorial offers listeners the chance to naval-gaze in a variety of atmospheres: a soft gale of brooding, distorted guitar cedes for echoes of acoustic notes; avalanches of tumbling floor toms roil under staccato guitar shards; classic metal riffs chew up postapocalyptic scenery, letting rays of light stream through. The circling riff of urgency on the monstrous “Deficit” spools out in layers: a regal, elegiac opening shifts almost imperceptibly with a muted buzz of ominous guitar before a stack of drum rolls announces a stream of corrosive, metronomic guitar shards. They change tone slightly, but their intent never waivers. Russian Circles keep raising the bar on their own mixology.

Customer Reviews


This album sounds good and these are talented people but full potential is NOT being achieved here.They make a giant sound for a trio(thank you Verellen Amplifiers!) but I would love to here the bassist and drummer try and go in some unexpected directions. Surprise me bee-otches! I look forward to hearing what happens next. 3 stars due to excessive fan worship.

Worthwhile but . . .

. . . Russian Circles has not equalled the brilliance of their first three albums with either Empros or Memorial. Enter, Station, and Geneva were simply brilliant releases. Empros was a step backwards, and Memorial may represent a half step forward from Empros. Purchase if you're a fan of R.C. or the genre generally, but it's nowhere near a top album. Plus it's only 37 minutes long.

Oh yeah!!!!!

The track "Deficit" absolutely blows me away!!! Their sound must have grown an extra set of balls on this new album if this track is any indication. This is a must buy, go get it, now!


Formed: 2004 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Chicago-based instrumental post-rock/metal trio Russian Circles create a complex clamor of sprawling guitars, propulsive drumming, and heavy basslines. They were founded in late 2004 by guitarist Mike Sullivan and bassist Colin DeKuiper, with drummer Dave Turncrantz joining soon afterwards. Prior to Russian Circles, Sullivan and DeKuiper were members of the eclectic instrumental act Dakota/Dakota, while Turncrantz produced an emo-punk ruckus with Riddle of Steel. In 2005, Russian Circles self-released...
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