Russian Circles, the Chicago-based post-metal outfit featuring one of my favourite bassists ever (Brian Cook, FYI), are soon to put out a new record to be titled Empros, and keeping in theme with yesterday’s last post, we’ve got art (above, duh), tracklisting (below) and a release date (October 25th) for you! Dandy.

01 – “309”
02 – “Mladek”
03 – “Schipol”
04 – “Atackla”
05 – “Batu”
06 – “Praise Be Man”


“Russian Circles return with not only their fourth and heaviest album to date — but also with Empros they’re poised to take the crown as innovators reinvigorating the staid trappings of genre. Empros picks up where the anthemic riffs and melodies of 2009′s Geneva left off and injects evermore slithering rhythms amid skull-crushing heft with all the visceral intensity of Godflesh, Swans and Neurosis.

Put simply, Empros is Russian Circles‘ Master of Reality: a radical revision of both heavy and melody that is monolithic in its clarity and perfection. Or, like a lone surviving wooly beast emerging from a brutal winter’s frost, Empros is the sound of a band shaking the ages from its shoulders with all the brutal force of a behemoth awakened.”

So heavier, eh? Whilst definitely metal, Russian Circles have always had a measured softer side, and so this sounds intriguing. Keep your eyes on Sargent House late October.

– CG

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