Posted 3/26/2008 by cal
Some people call it “prog-metal,” but you’re not going to see Chicago’s Russian Circles
playing any ten-minute moog solos. Some call it “post-metal,” but these guys have the heavy riffs to defy being called post-anything, along with the melodic sense to create engaging songs without the benefit of a human voice. Enter the new buzzword, “instru-metal,” a somewhat annoying but fairly accurate description of the band’s music, although it short-changes them on the moody atmospherics that help make their live show so dynamic. The band released its debut full-length, 2006’s Enter
, and toured extensively, developing a formidable live reputation. Before recording a follow-up album, the group parted ways with bassist Colin DeKuiper, a position which remains officially open. The group enlisted the help of These Arms Are Snakes
bassist Brian Cook to complete Station
, due out May 6 on Suicide Squeeze Records
; Cook has since filled in on bass for all of the band’s live dates as well. Before their February 29 show at the Cactus Club
, I spoke with drummer Dave Turncrantz and guitarist Mike Sullivan over pints of Guinness at a nearby watering hole.