In 2011, Russian Circles, a mostly instrumental band released “Empros.” Upon hearing this record, I was pleased with the musicianship and the overall sound of the album. It’s got plenty of good riffs, nice leads, excellent drumming, and plenty of good bass lines. It’s one of those great albums to wake up to, drink your coffee while puffing on a cigarette, and watch the sun rise. Kind of like what the album cover portrays.
The album flows nicely from start to finish. Almost as if the tracks were all one continuous song. Each song leads into the other without any major interruption. It’s an album that puts you with nature or the surroundings that you’re in, peacefully. It’s heavy, aggressive at times, and yet, it just allows you to relax before you head into work.
The musicianship is pretty tight. Brian Cook on bass, plus one vocal track does a good job. The meat and potatoes of the band would fall on the guitarist Mike Sullivan who surely throws out some unique riffs and leads. Dave Turncrantz and his progressive style of drumming really adds a certain charm and appeal to the music that compliments each element of the band. The end result of these three men from Chicago, IL is an album that just speaks from the heart without lyrics.
1. “309” 8:50
2. “Mládek” 7:40
3. “Schiphol” 6:16
4. “Atackla” 7:27
5. “Batu” 6:17
6. “Praise Be Man” 4:35