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Russian Circles - Guidance album review

Album Review

Chicago trio Russian Circles’ post-metal trip treads surprisingly lightly.

With barely a few seconds of silence throughout the entire record, Russian Circles’ sixth full-length invokes a trance-like, hypnotic state with its shimmering guitars interlocking with pummelling, rumbling drums and Mastodon-sized riffage. As you’d expect from the instrumental Chicago trio, nothing is rushed, every nuance is honed, every note is deliberate and the juxtaposing senses of optimism and dread are not coincidental. Guidance is almost the antithesis to previous darker album Memorial, with no obvious electronic elements and a much lighter, dreamlike tone, albeit more metallic – possibly down to producer Kurt Ballou (Converge).

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