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ENTER

Russian Circles

 

Post Rock/Math rock

4.09 | 181 ratings

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Rune2000
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4 stars I introduced myself to Russian Circles after hearing that the band was planing to come to my hometown for a gig in April. Unfortunately this gig was canceled and the band only stopped by Denmark without giving the rest of the Scandinavian fans a chance to see them in all their glory. All disappointment aside, I still have to be grateful for this set of events since it introduced me to this instrumental trio and particularly their highly praised 2006 release Enter!

The Post Rock/Math Rock genre is really difficult for me to gasp in the more tradition sense where a few spins of an album give me guidelines as to what I think of a particular release. This doesn't really happen and instead I tend to appreciate the music on a more personal level where the material is tested upon its ability to withstand repeated listens and the appeal of me wanting to revisit it. This is something that I definitely can say about Russian Circles' Enter since it offers a 40+ minute steady stream of music that I can listen to on almost any occasion without making me feel tired of the music. The album has a continuous flow to it where every track overlaps the next one almost as if I was listening to a multi-suite epic where moods and tempos shift while the overall compositional tone stays the same all the way to the end of the album.

From what I've noticed, this album is just an extended version of Russian Circles' self-title EP released a year earlier. But the two new tracks that have been added make a lot of sense to be featured together with the original 4 compositions. Especially since I love the way Micah unfolds, making it a perfect transition between Carpe and Death Rides A Horse.

This album should be a great treat for both the already established fanbase of the Post Rock/Math Rock genre but also to newcomers, since the relatively short running time and extensive variety of compositions should appeal to almost all tastes.

***** star songs: Micah (8:03) New Macabre (5:18)

**** star songs: Carpe (9:01) Death Rides A Horse (5:46) Enter (7:54) You Already Did (8:15)

Rune2000 | 4/5 |

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