Russian Circles

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Russian Circles - Geneva Geneva
Pop New - LP SH030 Sargent House
Sealed 2009 2LP Gatefold Original. β€œOn Geneva, Their Third Full-Length Outing, We Find A Band That Has Matured As Songwriters. With A Larger, More Atmospheric Set Of Tools At Their Disposal, The Band Crafts Songs That Are More About Buildup Than Release. Instead Of Down The Usual "Build, Build, Build, Destroy" Route That's So Common, The Songs Grow Organically, With Changes Unfolding So Naturally That The Big Finish Is More Of A Logical Conclusion Than An Explosion. Brian Cook's (Of Botch And These Arms Are Snakes) Impact On This Record Is More Apparent Than It Was On Station. His Gritty, Fuzzed-Out Bass Provides A Dynamic Contrast To The Lighter Moments, Providing A Bit Of Sonic Dirt For The More Ethereal Guitar Parts To Play In. This Influence Might Also Have Something To Do With Russian Circles' Further Tempering Of Their Metal Tendencies. While Geneva Has Its Heavier Moments (Like "Fathom" And "Geneva"), They're Not As Out-And-Out Metal As Their Past Work, More Reminiscent Of Pelican's Later Work Or The Sludgy Harmony Of Zozobra. Given Their Past Work, It Would Be Easy For Russian Circles To Simply Play It Quiet For A While And Then Absolutely Bowl Over The Listener With Huge, Metal Riffing. As The Record Goes On, That Patience And Restraint Starts To Reveal Itself More And More. On The Sprawling, Eight-Minute Epic, "When The Mountain Comes To Muhammad," The Band Allows The Song To Build Slowly And Easily, Reigning The Song In And Allowing It To Fold In On Itself, Growing Slightly Larger And Larger Without Ever Getting Completely Out Of Control. Geneva Is An Album That Builds Like An Old Building Being Demolished, Starting Out With An Explosion And Ending With The Dust Clearing To Reveal A Changed Landscape That's Ready For Something New, As If The Band Is Symbolically Clearing Away Their Old Sound In Favor Of Something New And Exciting. If You Weren't Already On The Russian Circles Bandwagon, This Is The Perfect Opportunity To Jump On.” – Gregory Heaney, AMG... more details
 

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