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Chicago trio Russian Circles return with not only their fourth and heaviest album to date -- but also with Empros they're poised to take the crown as innovators reinvigorating the staid trappings of genre. Empros picks up where the anthemic riffs and melodies of 2009's Geneva left off and injects evermore slithering rhythms amid skull-crushing heft with all the visceral intensity of Godflesh, Swans and Neurosis. Put simply, Empros is Russian Circles' Master of Reality: a radical revision of both heavy and melody that is monolithic in its clarity and perfection.


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  • Audio CD (October 25, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sargent House
  • ASIN: B005LZW94E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,038 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Virgil on October 30, 2011
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While still keeping true to and incorporating their trademark post-rock sound, this new album infuses a new twist with some post-metal elements as well -- meaning some pretty epic buildups to heavier moments. All in all, this is another solid Russian Circles release. I'm a bit biased though, if you are new to Russian Circles, check out Geneva or Station first (those albums were my first exposure to the band), but I still love this one! Buy it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lance Goetz on October 26, 2011
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This is at least on par with their prior releases Station and Geneva. I have not listened to their debut enough to compare objectively. While there are some recurring sonic themes from previous works, they do broaden their soundscape enough to keep things interesting. Overall, this feels a little harder than previous offerings but done in the typically creative and interesting Russian Circles way.

If there was one fault I have it's that the dubbed in vocals on the track `Praise Be Man' (at least I *suspect* they were dubbed in) felt jarring and took me out of the Russian Circles mood a bit. I appreciate the guys experimenting and not being too formulaic but I'm not convinced this was the best route to experiment with.

Overall, well worth the cost; I thoroughly enjoy 5 of 6 of the tracks and 1 is leaving me scratching my head a bit but I might yet come around. Looking forward to their show in Portland, OR in November!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronald D. Bruner Jr. on February 2, 2015
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This album seems to grow on me the more i listen to it. Honestly when it came out I was not impressed at all, but the more I listen to it, the more it grows. Songs 309 and Batu are by far the best tracks, and what these guys do well is blend rock, atmospheric doom and a bit of jazz drumming and make a concoction that is truly unique and listenable. I see these guys getting bigger and making a good living creating awesome music. i am still waiting to see them live to see if this type of music translates well live. i have a feeling it does and i hope these guys make it because they are really talented song writers.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on January 9, 2012
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'Empros' is Russian Circles' fourth release (not counting Upper Ninety 7-inch and EP self titled), but is probably not their best in my opinion. I'm a huge fan of the band and I felt like they were progressivley getting better and better leading up to 'Geneva' which became my favorite release of theirs.

Overall, I give it four starts, but it would have been closer to five had they not had vocals on the last track "Praise Be Man." The vocals are light and not over bearing, but with a band like RC it just doens't work - not yet anyways. I feel like they 'pulled a Pelican' where they've established themselves as a heavy and intense instrumental band, but throwing vocals into the mix makes the music awkward. I'll still listen to them, but keep hopeful they keep the awesome looping and heavy riffs in and throw the vocals out on their next album.

Best track: "Schiphol"
Worst track: "Praise Be Man"
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shared Gum on October 26, 2011
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My pre-order came early, so I have given this album a few spins. And what an album it is! I feel that it would be difficult to describe it song-by-song as in "there is a fast section, and then there is a slow section", but the way these guys accomplish this, shift moods and create and then release tension is awesome. There are vocals on the last track, but in a minimalistic kind of way, and this goes really well with their music. Not only are the songs themselves arranged well, but the way that they are placed on the record works really well and makes me want to go back to listen to the album constantly. Overall, if you are familiar with their earlier albums, I would say that this one is probably heavier than the rest, but still with a heavy emphasis on melodies and moods. Highly recommended!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Photos on November 1, 2011
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These guys are hands-down my favorite musicians currently recording. This album is a perfect evolution, and they get better all the time. It is a bit less technical than the earliest stuff, has a bit more standard chorus / verse format, and consistently rocks a bit harder. All good things to me. Harder grooves. Leans more toward Pelican in that sense. But all the twists, drama, and surprise that only Russian Circles can pull out. Amazing all the way through!
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Russian Circles continue to grow with Empros and I for one am happy with their ever evolving exploration and willingness to try new things. For example the black metal influences are undeniable. The first track 309 would fit nicely on a later day Immortal album and not be particularly out of place, lack of vocals notwithstanding. And that's a good thing. This band is making some of the most evocative heavy instrumental music available today, whatever you want to call it, and Empros is a welcome addition to their discography.
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If you're familiar with Russian Circles from their previous albums, Empros may seem a little different, more chaotic perhaps. When I first listened to it there wasn't the same immediate emotional impact as with albums like Geneva and Station. But the more I listened, the more I heard, and this album has an element of controlled chaos that I don't know that I've heard from anyone else. Definitely get this if you're a fan of Russian Circles, though it may take several listens to really get into.
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