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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 (28 Oct 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sargent House
  • ASIN: B00F5VQIM8
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,977 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Memoriam 1:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Deficit 6:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. 1777 7:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Cheyenne 4:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Burial 4:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Ethel 4:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Lebaron 4:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Memorial (feat. Chelsea Wolfe) 3:450.79  Buy MP3 

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CD Packaging: Digipak. Vinyl Packaging: LP in Gatefold jacket + download card. 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. "We've always tried to balance our metal-influenced sounds with more nuanced, pretty, orchestral elements," Cook says. "But this time, it's far more polarized in that the heavy parts are much more blown out and exaggerated while the pretty moments are far more restrained, delicate, and atmospheric." In the two years since Russian Circles released their landmark fourth album Empros, the Chicago trio toured worldwide nearly incessantly, encountering many heavy acts whose music seemed needlessly complicated. "We set out to make a straightforward, intense, heavy record," Cook explains. "We subconsciously gravitated toward darker and more somber sounds. We wanted to get away from the overtly flashy." In search of such a streamlined sound, the trio focused on each individual song having its own emotional and musical characteristics. As such, Memorial almost feels like stages of grief. That notion might be aided by 1) the album's clever structuring, in which it ends in the same place as it starts, and 2) special guest vocalist Chelsea Wolfe lending her hauntingly somber vocals to the album closing title track. To a degree, the monolithic, juxtaposed moods on Memorial is the band's reaction to the proliferation of iPod culture affecting how bands write music. Today, most musicians are trying to mash together disparate elements with results sounding as unpalatable as cooking a meal blindfolded. Russian Circles wisely and deftly sidestep the trappings of genre amalgamation. "I want to hear a band with a broad palette," Cook says. "But it should find that weird balance with breadth and width. We wanted to make a record with more extreme peaks and valleys. I'm hoping that we can get away with making a schizophrenic record." Immense support from Press, with coverage already confirmed in Pitchfork, Mojo, Uncut, Rolling Stone, Rock A Rolla (Cover Story), Spin, Decibel, Stereogum and MUCH more. Pitchfork premiered first track Deficit to an overwhelming response, tallying 60k+ plays in less than a week. Chelsea Wolfe & Russian Circles Co-Headline EU Tour 2013 - Oct 24th Brighton The Haunt, 25th Manchester Gorilla, 26th Glasgow SWG3, 27th Dublin Button Factory, 29th London Electric Ballroom //

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2013 offering from doom-instrumetal act, for fans of Pelican, Isis & Jesu.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A glowing review. 15 Nov 2013
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Stunning stuff. Postrock, post metal, whatever the trendy tag... Russian Circles lead the pack. It's not to everyone's taste but if you can get into the metallic swing of Memorial, it demands repeat listens and offers many rewards. Unlike many instrumental rock albums, each song has it's own character - there is no repetition or sense of déjà vu - the album pushes forward and is strikingly detailed with all sorts of eureka moments. This detail is particularly evident in the drums which are just awesome throughout. It's refreshing to hear a post.... album that lacks pretence & fatigue-inducing passages. Russian Circles released a career best album with Empros but this is equally as impressive. They're in a league of their own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars if you're into music....check this out 15 Dec 2013
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by far....one of the best albums of this year, these guys really got it going on, the genius is, they really are doing they're own thing, yes, you can hear bits of post rock, post punk and soundscape, but, at the same time, it's very metal, the metal scene is very elitist and narrow, but, they have managed to do fierce metal chugging riffs while totally avoiding that scene, might have found a perfect band if that does exist, very excellent, well constructed songs for real people to enjoy
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another good record. 10 Nov 2013
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Coming in at around 40 minutes, this album is on the short side but it has quality and is another example of what a good band Russian Circles are. Their overall sound hasn't changed much but there is what sounds like synth playing which adds a new element although it might appear to be something else. The drums are great and detailed like before. The guitars are layered but you can sort out when you think he might play something for a loop and then begin to layer over it when played live if you listen close enough. This is something they have always done well.

Good Points
+Production is good again, great drums, interesting guitar and more of a synth/atmosphere to the main 3 instruments.
+Strong opener and the final song and title track sounds good with the vocals (the only track to have any). If they ever hire a singer I would prefer something along these lines.

Bad Points
+Maybe on the short side, these songs are not as long as before apart from the 2nd I think. It's not really a complaint for me though as it is a good 40 minutes starting with a theme and returning to them again towards the end.

I have rated it a 4.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, beautiful and full of emotion 29 Oct 2013
By Brian Pierce - Published on Amazon.com
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"Memorial" is the fifth studio album by the post-metal trio Russian Circles. Like everything that Russian Circles has created so far, the album is powerful, beautiful, full of emotion, and excellent. I've always felt that Russian Circles stand out in the crowded post-rock/metal genre of music because of their dynamic songwriting and incorporation of heavier elements into their music. This album only reinforces those beliefs.

On the whole, the album contains some of the heaviest and some of the most melodic songs that Russian Circles have put out to date. These extremes fit together wonderfully and definitely help to create an album that keeps you interested and doesn't become repetitive. For me, the standout tracks are Deficit, 1777, and Ethel, but everything is excellent. The last song features guest vocalist Chelsea Wolfe to create a beautiful, atmospheric closing to the record. The vocals are used almost as an instrument with heavy reverb applied which adds an ethereal quality that fits so well with the band's music.

More than any other Russian Circles album, I feel that "Memorial" really showcases the phenomenal drumming of Dave Turncrantz. His playing on all of the tracks is excellent. The fills on Deficit, the dynamics on 1777, the beats on Ethel...perfect. I LOVE the drumming on this album and I find it impossible to listen to without air drumming along. This is a lesson in how to convey emotion and musicianship as a drummer instead of just keeping time.

My only complaint about the record is the length. The album is short and it feels over before you know it. While I don't want to be greedy, I feel like 1 or 2 more songs would have been appropriate. Don't get me wrong, the content on the album is fantastic....I just want more! While the album is short (36:59 in length), it feels even shorter to me because some of the tracks (Memoriam and Cheyenne) feel more like mood-pieces than full songs. OK enough complaining. It still rocks and you still need to buy it.

Russian Circles have added another phenomenal album to their catalog. If you're a fan, you've already bought it. If not, buy all of their albums including this one.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks the soaring complexity of their best work 14 Nov 2013
By Autonomeus - Published on Amazon.com
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Russian Circles' masterpiece was Geneva (2009). The writing was incredibly strong, with soaring, propulsive motion and a dark, steely, metal vision. The following Empros (2011) was nearly as good, but not as consistent. Unfortunately, if a line is drawn from the 5-star Geneva through the 4-star Empros and on to Memorial, it is a straight downward line.

Even the best tracks (Deficit, Burial, LeBaron) are not as compelling as the previous albums. Mike Sullivan, the guitarist, has acknowledged a black metal influence on the album, and this is evident on the three best tracks, with loud, intense riffs. The least impressive either repeat, slow, and stop ('777), or simply stop (Ethel) as though the band couldn't be bothered to develop it any more.

Overall, the problem is that the music is too simple and repetitive. The theme of "memorial" is present in the sandwiching of the opening and closing, using the same melody, with Sinead O'Connor-esque vocals on the latter by Chelsea Wolfe, and in the elegiac emotional tone of the droning "Cheyenne" and especially "Ethel."

The sequencing alternates between the slower, thematic material and the faster, heavier tracks, which are the album's best, but this variation is lacking for the most part within the individual tracks. The peak of the album in this sense is reached with the penultimate "LeBaron," which is the only thing here that approaches the higher level of the last two albums.

Devoted fans of the band may enjoy hearing new material, but for anyone else, this album is not in the same league as the previous two and is not essential.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album 2 Nov 2013
By JPT - Published on Amazon.com
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Fans of Russian Circles previous albums won’t be disappointed. I’ve enjoyed the band’s previous albums, but this is their most complete album to date. You have three musicians at the top of the game, churning out post-rock, prog-metal with some echoes of King Crimson’s great album “Red”. For those new to the band, the music consists primarily of instrumentals in the post-rock metal vein -- the exception being the closing track which reprises the first album track with a vocal accompaniment. If you like atmospheric and heavy music, in a package put together by some first-rate musicians this album won’t disappoint. As an added bonus the technical virtuosity is always in the service of tightly constructed songs. I actually like the fact that this album comes in at just under 40 minutes -- as the old cliche goes: All killer, no filler. I credit the band with sequencing an album that is great from start to finish without any wasted tracks, so that the album holds up extremely well to repeated listenings. I've probably purchased about 80 albums this year, and of the crop of new albums, this one ranks near the top of the list. Fans of the post-metal, prog-metal, post-rock genre should give this a listen -- odds are you won't be disappointed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Let Your Imagination Soar 20 Feb 2014
By TreeHugger JesusLover - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm not going to sit here and explain to you what this album means to me... BUT what I will say is that this album takes you on a journey. Since they are no lyrics telling you what to think about, you are free to think about whatever you want. After listening to it multiple times, you WILL conjure up a theme or setting in your mind.

Find a quiet place away from people, lie down and close your eyes. There albums are about life; the ups, the downs, and the big picture.

Thanks for reading :)
5.0 out of 5 stars I like when they're churning guts the best. 17 Feb 2014
By Mater "D" - Published on Amazon.com
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I like the atmospheric stuff, but when Russian Circles gets nasty and you reach for the volume knob, that's when they're at their best. It's my favorite album of theirs to date. The production/recording is amazing.
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