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On their sixth studio album, Russian Circles continue on the same path they started down on 2013’s Memorial, easily their most expansive record, matching serene pieces like “Asa” with the molten fury of “Afrika” and lead single “Vorel.” Kurt Ballou of Converge, who moonlights as one of contemporary metal’s most accomplished producers, imbues the record with a riveting weight unheard on any of the band’s previous work. The result is the most dynamic LP of Russian Circles’ career, a riveting album that catches one of America’s finest metal bands at the peak of its powers.

For over a decade, Russian Circles carved out a respectable place within the once-crowded post-metal scene. While most of their peers stubbornly drew water from the same well again and again as the sub-genre faded from relevance, the Seattle band has released its best work to date. Equal parts aggressive, hypnotic, intriguing and beautiful, Guidance will stand as one of the seminal releases in the experimental-metal pantheon.
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The album flows together almost flawlessly like some rumination on one long and complex matrix of unspeakable things. This isn’t so much an exploration of loud vs quiet as a conversation between light and dark, pulse and peace, the delicacy that tempers rage; the one amplifying the other and creating the most bittersweet and inspiring offspring.

#3 - The three years since 2013’s Memorial mark the band’s record for longest absence between albums but Guidance upon its arrival proved that it was absolutely worth the wait. Once again Russian Circles balance expertly between calmness and loudness, providing their signature dramatic outbursts, toying with opposite emotions and delivering everything on point, with the help of co-producer Kurt Ballou who proficiently captures the band’s complex sentimentality.

Russian Circles “Guidance” In What Culture’s Top Alternative Albums of 2016 

On their sixth studio album, soundscape pioneers Russian Circles place much more emphasis on the textural qualities of their work, ultimately making for a much more refined music experience in the process.

As always, Russian Circles have the innate ability to convey emotions through their instruments alone, reaching particular moments of enlightenment on the ethereal drifter ‘Mota’, the turbulent instrumental cavalcade ‘Vorel’ and the evolving beauty 'Afrika.’

This trio are quickly becoming one of the most important instrumental rock bands of the century, and on Guidance, they continue to expand their deeply sophisticated sound palette with real finesse and poignancy.

Via What Culture

Russian Circles announce EU/UK Spring 2017 Tour 


Russian Circles will be touring Europe & the UK beginning in February 2017. Cloakroom will be joining as support for all dates.

A full list of shows can be found below. Tickets will be available HERE.


18 Feb - Tilburg, NL @ 013
19 Feb - Cologne, DE @ Gebäude 9
20 Feb - Hamburg, DE @ Knust
21 Feb - Arhus, DK @ Voxhall
22 Feb - Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
24 Feb - Bielefeld, DE @ Forum
25 Feb - Karlsruhe, DE @ Jubez
26 Feb - Munich, DE @ Strom
28 Feb - Dornbirn, AT @ Spielboden
01 Mar - Bologna, IT @ Locomotiv
02 Mar - Rome, IT @ Monk
03 Mar - Livorno, IT @ The Cage
04 Mar - Milan, IT @ Santeria Social Club
05 Mar - Zurich, CH @ Rote fabrik
06 Mar - Geneva, CH @ Kalvingrad / Usine
08 Mar - Barcelona, ES @ Bikini
09 Mar - Madrid, ES @ 100% Psych @ Shoko
10 Mar - Lisbon, PT @ RCA Club
11 Mar - Porto, PT @ Hard Club
13 Mar - Biarritz, FR @ Atabal
14 Mar - Bordeaux, FR @ Krakatoa
15 Mar - Nantes, FR @ Stereolux
16 Mar - Paris, FR @ Trabendo
17 Mar - Brussels, BE @ Botanique
18 Mar - Brighton, UK @ The Haunt
19 Mar - Bristol, UK @ The Marble Factory
20 Mar - Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
22 Mar - Dublin, IE @ Whelans
23 Mar - Belfast, IE @ Empire Music Hall
24 Mar - Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
25 Mar - Birmingham, UK @ O2 Institute2
26 Mar - London, UK @ Heaven

Russian Circles + Helms Alee Live Review and Photos via CVLT Nation 

The latest Helms Alee release, Stillicide, was an impressive feat by itself. In person, the tracks are even more massive. As they played the final seconds of “Galloping Mind Fuk” to end their set, it was clear that whether live or recorded, they play with more force than many of their peers. Hozoji Margullis is, to say the least, a phenom behind the drums. Dana Jones brings a concrete, unshakable foundation with her bass. And then there’s Ben Verellen, whose playing and vocals are abrasive, intense and perfectly suited to Helms. Their aquatic inspirations were evident as they rolled through songs with the strength of a hurricane tidal surge.

Russian Circles are a bucket-list band. As expansive as their records are, the three create an even larger landscape in person. From Station to their recent Guidance, Brian Cook, Mike Sullivan and Dave Turncrantz collected ten tracks from their discography and stretched them into what seemed like hours and hours. The rises and falls and building then stalling of their songs created a story that took you from stillness to the usual light headbang. The voices of each instrument were highlighted in a live setting so that they each contributed equally to the conversation. Even on an album, the individuality that each person brings isn’t so distinct.

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Russian Circles Fall 2016 European Tour Begins Next Week 

Russian Circles are about to embark on their Fall 2016 European tour starting October 21 and Helen Money will be joining them on all shows after the Polish dates. View all show/ticket details HERE

Full list of dates below:

Oct 21 - Wroclaw, Poland*
Oct 22 - Gdansk, Poland*
Oct 23 - Warsaw, Poland*
Oct 25 - Vilnius, Lithuania
Oct 26 - Durbe, Latvia
Oct 27 - Tallinn, Estonia
Oct 28 - Helsinki, Finland
Oct 30 - Stockholm, Sweden
Oct 31 - Oslo, Norway
Nov 2 - Bergen, Norway
Nov 3 - Stavanger, Norway
Nov 5 - Athens, Greece
Nov 6 - Berlin, Germany
Nov 7 - Leipzig, Germany
Nov 9 - Brno, Czech Republic
Nov 10 - Budapest, Hungary
Nov 11 - Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Nov 12 - Bucharest, Romania
Nov 13 - Sofia, Bulgaria
Nov 14 - Skopje, Macedonia
Nov 15 - Beograd-Vracar, Serbia
Nov 17 - Zagreb, Croatia
Nov 18 - Ljubljana, Slovenia
Nov 19 - Vienna, Austria
all shows with Helen Money except *

Russian Circles Live Review at Warsaw in Brooklyn, NY via Cryptic Rock 

Emotions hold a vast amount of movements and transitions. They can drop to a somber internal echo or rise to an explosive vengeance in the blink of an eye. A spectrum of feelings all of humanity experience in life, music can help one heal, cope, or even let off a bit of steam. That said, the Experimental Rock/Metal offspring known as Post Rock has morphed over the past few decades, displaying the roller coaster of human emotion through instrumental melodic compositions. One such band that rose from the new millennium’s Post Rock movement is Chicago, Illinois’ three-piece band known as Russian Circles.

Coming on the scene within the same time period as others such as Pelican, Explosions in the Sky, Red Sparowes, and Japan’s Mono, to name a few, Russian Circle’s 2006 debut full-length album, Enter, struck up a lot of attention. A continuously flowing piece of music, the record opened the door for Russian Circles to support Tool on tour in the United Kingdom back in 2007. Meanwhile, stateside they were building a strong fanbase performing at small clubs like Maxwell’s in Hoboken, New Jersey and just a few short month later were headlining Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York supporting 2008′s Station. Since then, Russian Circles has been trending upward, creating dissonant, harsh arrangements with each passing album, and on August 5, 2016, they released their sixth overall studio album, Guidance. An anticipated follow-up to 2013′s Memorial, the seven track collection is nothing less than flawless and mind-expanding.


CVLT NATION captures Russian Circles at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco 

Text and Photos: Bobby Cochran

Tonight, Chicago’s Russian Circles made a powerful return to the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, hot on the heels of their recent Sargent House release Guidance.  I’ve always appreciated their unique pre-show practice of playing soft droning sounds before they hit the stage, which sets the tone and builds energy in an unexpectedly powerful way.  They opened their set with “Asa,”  the first song from the new album. Unlike the last time Russian Circles played here, the crowd erupted into a seething pit once the heavy punch of “Vorel” kicked in.  Though this band is typically enjoyed by motionless and reverent audiences, the succession of powerful, heavy-hitting songs drove many in the crowd to shove and push and seethe in response.  Can’t say I blame them, either.

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LIVE REVIEW: Russian Circles Sells Out Great American Music Hall // Live Photos From The Teragram Ballroom 


On Sept. 2, 2016, on a night when most of the city is either out at Burning Man, or recovering from the Kill Switch Engage show the night before, it was impressive to see that Russian Circles, easily one of the best post-metal groups touring, still had sold out the iconic Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA.

On tour with support from Cloakroom, Russian Circles put together a 2.5-hour package of mind-altering sonic fury.  With a show time of 9pm, and a packed house long before that, Cloakroom was able to lull the crowd into a false sense of stability with their impressive instrumentals and melancholic vocals. Even Russian Circles sat along the stage to watch their brothers in arms perform.

Once Cloakroom finished up and cleared the stage, it was almost time for Russian Circles, but even after completing their tuning and sound checks, the three-piece from Chicago took another 15-20 minutes before starting the show. Word around the soundboard crew was there were some electrical issues, but once the clock hit 10:30 none of that mattered.

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OVERBLOWN Interview with Brian Cook 

There’s not really any need to introduce post metal stalwarts Russian Circles, is there? Suffice it to say, they are now over ten years into their career and have just released yet another excellent album in the form of Guidance. For me, it’s an album that sees the group push out the contrasts between the light and dark in their songs. Songs soar and swoop between pummeling drums and somewhat black metal guitar flourishes like on lead single ‘Vorel‘, and the slow build of more cathartic and euphoric tracks like ‘Mota’. An engrossing adventure as always.

Ahead of their upcoming US and European tour, Overblown had the pleasure of talking to Russian Circles’ bassist Brian Cook about Guidance, recording with Kurt Ballou of Converge, and how Mike (Sullivan, Russian Circles guitarist) is a liar apparently.

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