RUSSIAN CIRCLES release their new album Blood Year tomorrow [August 2] via the Sargent House label, and a week later, they will be in Galway to headline the Róisín Dubh.
The Chicago instrumental post-metal trio - Brian Cook, Dave Turncrantz, Mike Sullivan - have already given fans a taste of what to expect from the new release. The seven-minute 'Kohokia' - the middle track or Side A closer, depending on which format you listen to Blood Year on - was premiered on Loudwire, which called it a "brooding instrumental cut...disorienting the listener with abstract bass lines and ambient guitar work".
The single 'Milano' was premiered by Heavy Consequence, which called it "sonically vast, opening with crushing sludge chords that decay and flow through softer minors, spacious breaks, and blastbeat breakdowns".
Blood Year was produced by Kurt Ballou at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio in Chicago, where the band cut their previous albums Enter, Geneva, and Memorial. The band said that for Blood Year, that they would be forsake the “divergent musical paths” of some of their earlier work, to instead produce a more “direct and forceful” collection of music.
Russian Circles play on Friday August 9 at 8pm. This is a 'Strange Brew and Feast present...' show. Tickets are available from www.roisindubh.net; the Ticket Desk at [email protected], Shop Street; and The Róisín Dubh.