Really glad I got around to listening to this album and band, definitely has given me an appreciation for post rock and instrumental music a lot more. This album builds a lot of awesome tension and Memorial is a completely crushing closer. Excellent album.
Whereas Russian Circles excelled on their last two albums in creating songs that blended beauty and darkness into one, each song on Memorial is fairly straightforward in their respective styles. The heaviness is fulfilling but the gentler pieces leave a touch to be desired (the closer being the exception). 3.8/5
Russian Circles being Russian Circles, nothing surprising, nothing outstanding, yet nothing terrible. A bit darker than previous efforts, giving this album it's distinct vibe amongst their discography.