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  • Vinyl (January 12, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Sargent House
  • ASIN: B002WBYE0W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,463,409 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Unite three musicians -- playing three unique roles; each compelled to move in the direction of what is timeless, to draw on history and take from where they've grown and from the traditions of music made decades ago -- and you'll craft a moment, a Rite of Spring, a new foundation akin to what Russian Circles have accomplished on their third album, Geneva."

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It is still one of my favorite albums of all time, OF ALL TIME!
rvh
I've listen to Enter and Station countless times, soaking in every detail I can, finding something new with every listen.
Tyler
GENEVA is a brilliant instrumental rock album -- post-rock, post-metal, call it what you will.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Tyler on October 24, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Russian Circles is one of my favourite bands, if not my favourite. I've listen to Enter and Station countless times, soaking in every detail I can, finding something new with every listen. I hyped Geneva to no end, and it delivers on all fronts. Heavy, brooding, and absolutely beautiful.

The first two tracks are absolutely relentless - dark, heavy, and unsettling. The album opens with a violin and a cello, fighting back and forth to play a single note, bending and twisting. Dave pounds the toms, and the song proceeds forward. The song ends the same as it began, which leads into Geneva. Absolutely massive and an incredibly dark atmosphere, Geneva is the heaviest song Russian Circles have ever written. Brian's bass work shows here, as the single best bassline in the band's history comes in about half-way through the song!

The album then takes a turn with Melee, a painstakingly beautiful song with an incredibly creative and catchy drum beat at the beginning, with Dave playing 16th notes on the rim of his snare and the bass drum thumping on syncopated beats. It's brilliant, and the song as two very distinct parts that compliment each other wonderfully. Hexed All is one the softest songs on the album, and probably the softest song they've ever written (Xavii being the other.) Simple guitar melodies and bass notes are complimented by a very simple, repeated pattern on the drums, with the accents coming in on different beats as the pattern repeats itself.

Malko is the next song on the album - an extremely aggressive track that starts with Mike's signature guitar tapping and ends in absolute chaos. A very short but destructive track.

The second-to-last song is When the Mountain Comes to Muhammed, an incredibly dark track.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Smith on October 20, 2009
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I've listened to Enter and Station about a thousand times each. I listen to three 'post-rock' bands- Pelican, God Speed and Circles. I'm definitely not a post-rock junkie, and don't jump at most of the other material out there. So, when it comes to these three bands- a release is major. Though I don't love every post-rock act, these three bands are very close to me and are always in my line up. Like I said, Enter and Station were phenomenal, I would rate them both 5 stars hands down. This album I got at a cd store the day before it released, and also heard it once through streaming online a month or two ago. Honestly, I was not blown away. This happened to me last year when Isis released Wavering Radiant. I was not blown away, but I gave the album its due- and have learned to love it. With Russian Circles and bands of the like, I expect to feel really intensely. The music is very emotional, and I want to be consumed by it. When this doesn't happen upon first listen, I don't freak anymore and stop listening. I keep listening because, like with Wavering Radiant, I believe there is something there. I give this album 4 stars because that one extra star is the immediate factor, when an album immediately effects me. It's already growing on me quite a lot, and I've listened a good handful of times through. Its as strong as any post-rock out there, thats for damn sure- but it doesn't hold up to earlier releases with emotionality. To me, the addition of strings and trumpets AND sound bites makes it not sound like Russian Circles. Now it sounds like God Speed. I expect bands to do what ever the feel, so the addition I am not surprised or angry with, I just don't think it suits them. It sounds like RC stepped away from their sound rather than building on it.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Mach5 on October 29, 2013
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This album is tied with "The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw" by Pelican for albums I wish I would have lost my virginity to the most.
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Every time I listen to a different Russian Circles CD, I decide that it's my new favorite. Great driving music, can't turn it up high enough.
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By greenlionplanck on May 2, 2012
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Who can keep an audience entranced without words? Russian Circles. Amazingly subtle and auspiciously bold, this album is one of their finest deliveries. I only write reviews for worth listens, and this is one of them.
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GENEVA is a brilliant instrumental rock album -- post-rock, post-metal, call it what you will. As some have noted, this music can be traced back to the progressive rock of the 1970s, but it captures the zeitgeist, it doesn't sound at all retro to me.

Russian Circles is a guitar/bass/drums trio based in Chicago. Their "songs" are shorter and seemingly composed with more intricacy than some bands in this movement that rely more on slow-changing drones (ie, Isis -- don't get me wrong, I love Isis...). The title track is the heaviest, and the one singled out most often among fans. It is also the most metal-sounding track on the album. "When the Mountain Comes to Muhammed" includes a hard-to-hear recording of what sounds like an announcer talking about an atomic bomb test. This track, the cover art (a grim, industrial, perhaps Soviet-style building), and the title (the Geneva Summit of 1955) subtly combine to suggest the Cold War as the central theme of the album.

In any event, it is great, cinematic music, a perfect soundtrack for driving, or an apocalyptic film, or World War III.
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