Sargent House Records 
Fire Note Says: The Russian Circles fourth record packs a serious wallop!
Instrumental group Russian Circles pulled back from their in your face post-rock/post-metal attack on Geneva  for a much more mature and refined sound that completely smoldered. This new path worked well and now on the group's fourth LP, Empros, the Chicagoans evolve their patience and push the pedal back down as each track here creates a sonic visceral noise that will ring out of your speakers in spectacular glory but literally will still feel like the compositions float. This controlled and precise combination of big metal rock and slick layered grooves compels the listener to just sit back and absorb the skilled musicianship assault while not only recognizing Empros as a great piece of work but Russian Circles best record to date!
Key Tracks: "Mladek", "Batu", "309"
Bands With Similar Fire:
Explosions In The Sky
Russian Circles: Geneva [Fire Note Review 10/21/09]
Russian Circles: Enter [Fire Note Review 6/22/06]
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-Reviewed by Christopher Anthony