Russian Circles: Memorial (Sargent House, 2013)

October 30, 2013 at 11:20 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Russian Circles: Memorial

Russian Circles: Memorial

5th album from heavy post-rock band Russian Circles. Kind of what you’d typically expect from them; heavy, crushing, epic, melodic, instrumental (although Chelsea Wolfe guests on the final track). After a short beatless intro, “Deficit” starts out slower but then warms up after 2 minutes, and keeps with this steady, yet furious tempo for the track’s near-7 minute length. “I777” stretches even longer, keeping a similar tempo with soaring guitars and crashing drums. The rest of the tracks are much shorter, and “Cheyenne” is more drifty and drumless, then “Burial” has a slow heavy beat and metallic riffing. “Ethel” is a little lighter, with some sort of almost folkish melody (Scottish? Irish? maybe?). “Lebaron” is more crushing, swirling riffing with a 5/4 time sig. “Memorial” also has a choppy time signature and features drifty, washed-out vocals by Chelsea Wolfe, whose lovely voice sounds more like another instrument than something actually singing words.

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