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.
5 Star album.. Dark, Powerful, Beautiful, frightening, Torment, reminisce, Hope, Doom. Favourite Track - Memorial. Their Heaviest Release yet. Best type of music in my eyes, they really set an atmosphere and are great for getting creative too. Also recommend Station.
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
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.