Chicago trio RUSSIAN CIRCLES are streaming their forthcoming fifth album, Memorial via Pitchfork Advance. The full album stream comes a week ahead of the album’s October 28th release date. The Pitchfork Advance package features several breathtaking landscape images taken by photographer Ryan Russell who also snapped all of the album packaging’s frozen scenery.
Listen to the full album on Pitchfork at THIS LOCATION.
RUSSIAN CIRCLES are currently on the road in the EU and UK with Chelsea Wolfe. Both bands are playing full headlining sets, with Wolfe joining RUSSIAN CIRCLES to sing the album title track every night.
Perhaps the most immediately apparent characteristic of the fifth RUSSIAN CIRCLES album, Memorial is its wide range of emotion. Vacillating from somber-yet-soaring melodies on one track to pummeling metal heft on the next, Memorial sounds like an album with split personalities. Where one song showcases guitarist Mike Sullivan, drummer Dave Turncrantz and bassist/keyboardist Brian Cook’s mastery of lush melancholic melody, the next exhibits their most abrasive underground metal leaning sound, with washed-out 16th-note riffs and crushing rhythms. The band’s penchant for endless hooks remains a constant, but Memorial embodies their most dramatic ranges in tone. In search of such a streamlined sound, the trio focused on each individual song having its own emotional and musical characteristics. As such, Memorial almost feels like stages of grief. That notion might be aided by the album’s clever structuring, in which it ends in the same place as it starts, and special guest vocalist Chelsea Wolfe lending her hauntingly somber vocals to the album closing title track.
Memorial was recorded at the illustrious Electrical Audio studio in Chicago with the band’s longtime producer Brandon Curtis of The Secret Machines & Interpol who also helmed the band’s two previous albums, Empros and Geneva.
Memorial will be available on LP, CD and download via Sargent House on October 28th, 2013.
RUSSIAN CIRCLES & CHELSEA WOLFE – UK Dates
Oct 24, 2013 – Brighton, UK @ The Haunt
Oct 25, 2013 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
Oct 26, 2013 – Glasgow, UK @ SWG3
Oct 27, 2013 – Dublin, IRE @ Button Factory
Oct 29, 2013 – London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
Source: Silver PR