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).