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Perhaps the most immediately apparent characteristic of the fifth Russian Circles album, Memorial is its wide range of emotion. Vacillating from somber-yet-soaring melodies on one track to pummeling metal heft on the next, Memorial sounds like an album with split personalities.

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  • Audio CD (7 Nov 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sargent House
  • ASIN: B005LZW94E
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,055 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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CD Packaging: Digipak. Chicago post-metal trio Russian Circles return with not only their fourth and heaviest album to date but also, with Empros they're poised to take the crown as innovators reinvigorating the staid trappings of genre. Empros picks up where the anthemic riffs and melodies of 2009's Geneva left off and injects evermore slithering rhythms amid skull-crushing heft with all the visceral intensity of Godflesh, Swans and Neurosis. Put simply, Empros is Russian Circles' Master of Reality: a radical revision of both heavy and melody that is monolithic in its clarity and perfection. Or, like a lone surviving wooly beast emerging from a brutal winter's frost, Empros is the sound of a band shaking the ages from its shoulders with all the brutal force of a behemoth awakened. Russian Circles -- guitarist Mike Sullivan, drummer Dave Turncrantz and bassist Brian Cook recorded Empros at Phantom Manor in Chicago with Brandon Curtis of The Secret Machines & Interpol, who also produced the band's previous album Geneva. Empros marks the band's first full-length to be released worldwide exclusively via Sargent House -- the band's longtime management company and record label that had previously released only the vinyl editions of its three previous albums. Full Worldwide tour is underway. Recently completed co-headline European tour with Boris (June July).

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. Hopewell-smith on 16 Nov 2011
Format: Audio CD
Empros sees Russian Circles move further away from their industrially metallic beginnings towards the wordless anthemic territory more obviously inhabited by 'This Will Destroy You' and to some extent, 'Explosions in the Sky'. I even found the last track on Empros - the contemplative and anti-climactic 'Praise Be Man' - somewhat redolent of Sigur Ros (I kid you not!) Although I like a metal riff as much as the next man, the progression on Empros seems one of genuine maturation on the part of the band and not a bad thing at all. This is a very BIG record indeed. Every home should have one (Although, sadly, I doubt it will)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bunk Moreland on 26 Mar 2013
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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.
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5 stars cos they're ace. Not much help if you want a review per se, but then again I'm not some poncy music/art/english student and besides, music is subjective. I like Godspeed You, Black Emperor!, Red Sparowes, Saxon Shore, Ufomammut, Earthless & Barn Owl if you're looking for comparisons.

With respect to provider, Marvelio-uk, they're not from the UK but USA so delivery was longer than initially expected when placing order. However, when I received confirmatiom e-mail and estimated delivery dates, items arrived ahead of schedule and, therefore, satisfaction with them is 100%

Happy listening (or sorry you wasted your money if you don't like it).
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Sangirardi on 2 Feb 2012
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well, I'm a Russian Circles fan,no doubt, but after many listenings I think I can say that this latest effort is not at the level of Geneva ,the musicianship is of high standard,but the songwriting this time is a little messy,they preferred the aggressive part of their sound rather than the melody, way too much in my humble opinion.
There's a still a couple fo great numbers but for the rest is quite boring and messy..directionless I might say
I am indeed quite disappointed
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Another great Russian Circles record 30 Oct 2011
By Virgil - Published on
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While still keeping true to and incorporating their trademark post-rock sound, this new album infuses a new twist with some post-metal elements as well -- meaning some pretty epic buildups to heavier moments. All in all, this is another solid Russian Circles release. I'm a bit biased though, if you are new to Russian Circles, check out Geneva or Station first (those albums were my first exposure to the band), but I still love this one! Buy it!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Consistent Quality and Growth 26 Oct 2011
By Lance Goetz - Published on
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This is at least on par with their prior releases Station and Geneva. I have not listened to their debut enough to compare objectively. While there are some recurring sonic themes from previous works, they do broaden their soundscape enough to keep things interesting. Overall, this feels a little harder than previous offerings but done in the typically creative and interesting Russian Circles way.

If there was one fault I have it's that the dubbed in vocals on the track `Praise Be Man' (at least I *suspect* they were dubbed in) felt jarring and took me out of the Russian Circles mood a bit. I appreciate the guys experimenting and not being too formulaic but I'm not convinced this was the best route to experiment with.

Overall, well worth the cost; I thoroughly enjoy 5 of 6 of the tracks and 1 is leaving me scratching my head a bit but I might yet come around. Looking forward to their show in Portland, OR in November!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great Album 26 Oct 2011
By Shared Gum - Published on
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My pre-order came early, so I have given this album a few spins. And what an album it is! I feel that it would be difficult to describe it song-by-song as in "there is a fast section, and then there is a slow section", but the way these guys accomplish this, shift moods and create and then release tension is awesome. There are vocals on the last track, but in a minimalistic kind of way, and this goes really well with their music. Not only are the songs themselves arranged well, but the way that they are placed on the record works really well and makes me want to go back to listen to the album constantly. Overall, if you are familiar with their earlier albums, I would say that this one is probably heavier than the rest, but still with a heavy emphasis on melodies and moods. Highly recommended!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
As fantastic as the first three 2 Nov 2011
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These guys are hands-down my favorite musicians currently recording. This album is a perfect evolution, and they get better all the time. It is a bit less technical than the earliest stuff, has a bit more standard chorus / verse format, and consistently rocks a bit harder. All good things to me. Harder grooves. Leans more toward Pelican in that sense. But all the twists, drama, and surprise that only Russian Circles can pull out. Amazing all the way through!
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Worth picking up for fans of Russian Circles 9 Jan 2012
By Kevin - Published on
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'Empros' is Russian Circles' fourth release (not counting Upper Ninety 7-inch and EP self titled), but is probably not their best in my opinion. I'm a huge fan of the band and I felt like they were progressivley getting better and better leading up to 'Geneva' which became my favorite release of theirs.

Overall, I give it four starts, but it would have been closer to five had they not had vocals on the last track "Praise Be Man." The vocals are light and not over bearing, but with a band like RC it just doens't work - not yet anyways. I feel like they 'pulled a Pelican' where they've established themselves as a heavy and intense instrumental band, but throwing vocals into the mix makes the music awkward. I'll still listen to them, but keep hopeful they keep the awesome looping and heavy riffs in and throw the vocals out on their next album.

Best track: "Schiphol"
Worst track: "Praise Be Man"
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