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Russian Circles


Post Rock/Math rock

4.08 | 186 ratings

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Prog Leviathan
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4 stars A very dark, brooding, energetic debut from this post-band featuring aggressive playing mixed with interesting noise effects and good old-fashioned creepy atmospherics.

My first impression was that Russian Circles is something like Explosion's in the Sky's bitter, evil little brother-- spewing out angst and rage at that band's soaring melodies and uplifting feel. The songs on Enter are packed with skilled playing and gloomy/combative feelings. The band plays with more energy and gusto than you'll find in some post bands (similar to Isis' heavy stuff), mixing in heaps of complex dynamics, tempo changes, intricate sounds and big, heavy bombast; great songwriting, especially for a first release. Sullivan's guitar shifts timbre wildly throughout, from tinkling atmospheres to crunchy dark destruction; just as interesting, are his guitar's sound effects/feedback. Bassist DeKuiper keeps things brooding and sinister, who along with Turncrantz delivers very busy performances-- especially for post bands which seem to favor slow builds and repetition. A boring, plodding exercise in extended symphonics this is not!

All in all, a very enjoyable foray into metalish atmosphere and instrumental carnage-- highly recommended!

Songwriting: 4 Instrumental Performances: 4 Lyrics/Vocals: NA Style/Emotion/Replay: 4

Prog Leviathan | 4/5 |


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