How amazing is it to listen to one of your favorite band’s new album and get to review it? It’s awesome. Add being in the first city on the beginning of their US tour and having Brian Cook walk into the bar, smile, stick out his hand and say, “Hi, you’re Scott right? You’re RobotsMadeMan.” I held my composure, shook his hand and hopefully told him how excited I was for the show.
I knew, right then and there, my evening couldn’t get any better. I will not hide the fact Brian Cook is at the top of my list of bass gods. The show was, simply put, AMAZING! Russian Circles puts on a great show, just by the music they are playing. There are no fancy video screens, the lighting is minimal and they let the music speak for itself. With the ample hearing loss I get standing right in front of Brian, I couldn’t think of a better place to be in that moment.
Let me also state, that Mike, Brian and Dave are three of the most down-to-earth guys you’ll ever meet. They shake hands, answer questions, sign autographs and even remember meeting you the year before. With all my expectations and preconceived notions on what these guys need to do as musicians to captivate me and keep me interested, they nail it with every record. Each album has evolved and shows a greater picture of what these three guys are capable of. So let us take a journey with Russian Circles.
Russian Circles is a Chicago-based three-piece that hit the instrumental metal scene back in 2006 with their debut album Enter. Their fourth studio album, Empros, was released October 25, 2011, on Sargent House and fueled my desire to write up a review on the album, to email their publicist and score an interview. (Stay tuned in at Hearingade for the interview.) My involvement just kept evolving. Like a Russian Circles song, life should always be evolving and moving forward. There is a level of attack and decay that intrigues the listener and compels them to carry on through an emotional roller coaster. This is why I love these guys.