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Russian Circles
Guidance


Track Listing:
1.  Asa
2.  Vorel
3.  Mota
4.  Afrika
5.  Overboard
6.  Calla
7.  Lisboa
 

Management - Sargent House
Cathy Pellow - Manage
Jason Adams & Dan Nakhoul - Day To Day

Label - Sargent House
Marc Jetton - Label Manager & Head of Licensing

N. American Press
Stephanie Marlow - Publicist

UK Press - Silver PR 
Rachel Silver - Publicist

North American Booking - Ground Control Touring
Merrick Jarmulowicz - Agent

European Booking - Odyssey Booking
Vincent Royers - Agent

 
CREDITS: 
Russian Circles is Mike Sullivan, Brian Cook, Dave Turncrantz
Engineered and Mixed by Kurt Ballou
Recorded in Salem, MA at God City Studios in November 2015
Mastered by Carl Saff
Album Layout by Ben Chisholm
Managed by Cathy Pellow at Sargent House
photo by Paul Blau // click image for hi-res

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photo by Andrea Petrovicova  // click image for hi-res

photo by Andrea Petrovicova // click image for hi-res

photo by Ryan Russell // click image for hi-res

photo by Ryan Russell // click image for hi-res

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photo by Andrea Petrovicova // click image for hi-res

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Russian Circles "Guidance" Bio

RUSSIAN CIRCLES 
Guidance 

At the end of 2014, Chicago trio Russian Circles celebrated the10-year anniversary of their first show. A decade is a long time for any band to persevere, let alone a band that mines the relatively unmarketable niche of protracted instrumental dirges. But whereas many bands on the louder end of the rock-based instrumental world are content to work within the confines of the crescendos and washed-out timbres laid out by their predecessors, Russian Circles persistently expand their creative boundaries by working with a wider swath of sounds and structures. In many ways, their last album Memorial was a fitting cap to that first decade; it was an elegy to the past, a token of remembrance to the aural explorations of the band’s formative years. It encompassed the many facets of the band’s catalog: harrowing gloom, cinematic majesty, primitive bludgeonings, bittersweet dexterity, and morose minimalism.
 
With their sixth album Guidance, Russian Circles carry on in their quest to conjure multi-dimensional dramatic instrumental narratives and to scout out new textures from their respective instruments. Songs aren’t constructed out of highbrow concepts; they’re forged out of gut instinct and base emotional response. Nor was the band—as is often the case with artists later in their career—interested in testing their fans’ patience or securing a new broader audience with a radical reinvention. Instead, Russian Circles use Guidance to continue examining the polarity of quiet and loud, complexity and simplicity, ugliness and beauty. Every Russian Circles album has had its share of new sonic vistas, and Guidance finds the band still searching out new sounds while continuing to play to the collective strengths of guitarist Mike Sullivan, drummer Dave Turncrantz, and bassist Brian Cook. Starting with the meditative restraint of album opener “Asa”, Guidance sets off on a path of metallic savagery (“Vorel”, “Calla”), arpeggio tectonics (“Mota”), mercurial anthems (“Afrika”), somber segues (“Overboard”), and seismic Americana noir (“Lisboa”). With the help of engineer/co-producer Kurt Ballou and his God City Studio, Russian Circles were able to capture this broad tonal palette and wide array of emotional motifs into a cohesive journey through the tumultuous corners of human existence.
 
We often expect artists to fall into patterns and formulas, but for Russian Circles the creative method is still a mystery. Songs develop at their own pace. Inspiration comes from strange sources. If anything, the process of writing is every bit the enigma it was back when the band crafted their first song in 2004. Life itself is a struggle with the unknown and a search for meaning, and the creative process for Russian Circles has mirrored that pursuit. The radical dynamic shifts and straightforward production of Enter, the lockstep metallic attack and pensive comedowns of Station, the symphonic grandeur of Geneva, the grit and grime of Empros, and the oscillation between melancholy and wrath on Memorial were all incremental steps towards an ideal, and Guidance brings the band that much closer to that realization. In the interim between albums, a veteran handed off an envelope of war photos to the spouse of a band member. The photos depicted a man being led to his execution. There was no context for the traumatic scenes, no history, no background. Yet the dignity this anonymous figure exuded in his fatalistic march resonated with the band. Here was someone that knew his fate and marched boldly towards his destiny. The band used these photos for the Guidance album art, knowing that we all march towards our own conclusions, and we can only hope that we face our futures with the same honor and nobility. If the band’s fourth album Empros (Greek translation: Onward) was a statement of perseverance, Guidancebecame a statement of striding into the future undeterred by what lies ahead.
 
Guidance comes out August 5th on Sargent House. The album is available on vinyl and CD, as well in all standard digital formats.
 

Russian Circles "Guidance" Album Reviews 

 
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"...they have ditched the mathy time-signature changes of old and instead created towering vortices of foreboding noise that sound as if the band have been mainlining Roland Emmerich films on an endless loop." - The Guardian




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Their newest release, Guidance, is yet another prophetic portrait conjuring apocalyptic dimensions in the minds of those who listen." - Exclaim! 

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“On its sixth album, instrumental power trio Russian Circles prove once again that you don’t need a vocalist to make powerful, affecting rock music. Recorded by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou, Guidance sees guitarist Mike Sullivan, bassist Brian Cook and drummer Dave Turncrantz at the height of their considerable powers. From the pastoral, fingerpicked delicacy of opener “Asa” and almost black metal-style tremolo melodies of “Vorel” to the soaring post-rock guitars of “Afrika” and the booming psychodrama of “Calla,” Russian Circles deliver seven glorious cuts of cinematic elegance and regal thunder. Not to mention what might be its best album yet.” - Revolver, 4/5
 

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"There's an organic and unforced feel to the latest album by Chicago-based post-rock trio Russian Circles, as if songs were allowed to grow wild rather than carefully cultivated." - Pitchfork




"Russian Circles have risen to become one of America's preeminent loud-as-hell bands, decadent in texture and volume." - Noisey

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"...with each release, Russian Circles reminds listeners that instrumental music can be infinitely malleable and defiant of expectations.” - AV Club

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“Guidance is not only Russian Circles' best album yet, but a standard-bearer for heavy, guitar-based instrumental music. Over ten years into their career now, Russian Circles may not need to prove anything, but with Guidance, they absolutely have.” - The 405

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"... not only their most crushing offering—but it is their most self-assured and honest release to date.” - Life is Noise 

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"When it comes to heavy, riff-driven, instrumental rock, nobody is better than Russian Circles. Every single album this trio has done is amazing, and their latest effort, ‘Guidance', is no exception.” - The Nerdist 

 


"Rather than spend their time building on a strong start, the trio have managed to give each of their albums its own distinct narrative, a powerful unpredictability from a predictably outstanding act. Guidance adds another tremendous chapter to that tome." - Consequence of Sound

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"The album is full of potent moments, showcasing the power of their production, using electronics to grow the sound and reminding us exactly why they are among the greatest. And yes, there are moments full of swagger; after all, the crown is, and has been, theirs for years now, to the point that it sometimes feels like every band in Brooklyn is trying to be these guys.” - Metal Injection

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"Russian Circles have created their best work yet, and they feel more focused and driven than ever before.” - New Noise Magazine, 4.5/5

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"Guidance is a shining example of their loose blueprint at work, a colossal record that delivers a series of gut-punch emotional hits and doing it with enough gusto to topple an oak tree.” - Music & Riots

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"Russian Circles slay, and this slays hard.” - The Monolith

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"...prepare to get blown away by the monstrous yet hauntingly beautiful compositions that make up 'Guidance’.” - Punk Rock Theory, 8.5
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"...the bottom line: even if you think you're not a fan of instrumental music, or you have 'all you need' with some of their contemporaries, just go buy this. Then listen. Then repeat with all their other albums.” - Metal Bandcamp

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"Russian Circles are a world-class act and they deserve every compliment that's coming to them.” - Merchants of Air
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"...a gorgeous, often haunting, and utterly immersive experience.” - Musical Melting Pot, 94% (Essential Listening!)

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"...an album that showcases a new side to the band while still delivering the intensity and quality that fans will expect.” - Slug Magazine

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"...this album proves the band masters at controlling dynamics, shifting from heavy, explosive sections to more delicate passages with grace and ease.” - All Music, 4/5

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"Add to it one of the best performances by a drummer you’ll hear all year, and you get an extremely impressive effort from a band in the prime of their careers.” - Glide Magazine, 8/10

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"This is Russian Circles at their heaviest…” - Heavy Music HQ, 4/5

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"Each song rocks just a little harder than the last, with massive instrumentals that inspire the ear.” - LA Music Blog

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“‘Guidance' is definitive proof that ten years after their first release, Russian Circles continue to demonstrate how a band can thrive without ever settling too comfortably within the constraints of a single genre.” - MXDWN

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"Overall, Russian Circles constructed a work in which the slow parts resonate with the same intensity as the fast ones, all with the gentle care and delicacy one needs to catch fireflies.” - Some Girls Metal

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"Now six albums deep and nearly a dozen years since their inaugural show, the Chicago-based trio has achieved their lasting success thanks to an uncanny ability to meld extremes, and their latest effort, ‘Guidance', proving both beautifully transcendent and punishingly bleak.” - Spectrum Culture

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"On their sixth album, Russian Circles continue to explore and master the post-metal build/release mechanic, and continue to effectively work with both light and shade, as well as simplicity and technicality. The band’s ability to do whatever they want with the material, including introducing new ideas and experimentation, while still sticking to their core sound and remaining engaging, is breathtaking.” - Wonderbox Metal