- Audio CD (29 Oct. 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Redeye (Cargo Stock)
- ASIN: B00F5VQIM8
- Other Editions: Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,644 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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On Russian Circles fifth album "Memorial",the band shift from somber-yet-soaring melodies on one track to pummeling metal heft on the next,focusing on each individual songs emotional and musical characteristics. As such,"Memorial" almost feels like stages of grief and embodies Russian Circles most dramatic ranges in tone to date.
Top Customer Reviews
+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.
+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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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.
Find a quiet place away from people, lie down and enjoy the musical journey!
Thanks for reading :)
Now turn the page to Russian Circles. On my own, I do not listen to this band. I have trouble staying focused on bands that don't have a singer screaming into the mic. However, this is the perfect medium of music that I can play in the car to get my metal fix and my family won't want to strangle me while it's playing. It's just melodic and dream-sounding that they don't really notice it that much, but every now and then it shoots some chugga chugga that makes me privately grin when no one is looking.
This is why I like this band. They fill a weird niche in my life and I am grateful for them.