I liked Station and Geneva but Empros is just on another level. An absolutely stunning lp from beginning to end, each song pushing the right buttons and feeding it's individual personality into the whole. A lot of instrumental rock/metal lumbers into pretentious territory, offering technical brilliance but losing any sense of song craft or sharpness. Russian Circles have technical prowess in spades - a bass that relies heavily on fuzz, forming the dark underbelly of all that goes on. The drums attack with energy and offer serious rhythmic punch. The guitars coil round the songs, dipping into atmospheric feedback when required. Above all the 3 instruments gel perfectly, creating something more than the sum of their parts. The songs also have a sense of purpose, always pushing forward, always keeping your attention. There's a sense that every moment has been carefully thought out - but the spontaneous burst of the instruments prevents it from ever sounding staid. I may be gushing a little here but this is honestly the best example of instrumental rock/metal I've ever heard. It's a special lp which has already made it into my top 100 albums of all time. Buy Empros? Yes.