Russian Circles Blood Year
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DopeFiend
July 9th 2020


509 Comments


"sludgey mess"

not a bad thing imo. love how raw the production is on this. Kurt Ballou did a fantastic job. also, that buildup to the blast beat in Milano is phenomenal.

TheWatchman71
July 9th 2020


152 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Maybe I’m being overly harsh. I don’t mind a bit of sludge. But do struggle with a whole album with no room to breath. I also struggle with Australasia for the same reason. Just lacking something in the treble and higher end to get a bit of definition and clarity. Agreed about Milano though, at just over half way the track abruptly stops leaving just the shimmering guitars in the background and then that blastbeat - almost with a black metal feeling - and the remainder of the song is great. If I just pick a track, any track and play it on its own, I really enjoy it - I think it’s just the cumulative effect of the album which brings me down.

wildinferno2010
July 9th 2020


1347 Comments


Russian Circles has always kinda bored me, for all those reasons. They have a winning sound and their best stuff is good, but they don't do enough to keep it interesting.
To me. I know loads of people who seem to love them, so I feel like it's just me missing something

TheWatchman71
July 9th 2020


152 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Me likewise. Each album has some real gems but overall I find them very inconsistent. Perfect band for a playlist, just grabbing a couple of tracks from each. Don’t think I’d ever play an album all the way through anymore.

pinkmaggit69
April 8th 2021


26 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dude this album is awesome! What a shitty review. 2.5 because it sounds similar to albums that got a 4?!? Didn't even mention 1 track. Listen to Milano, Quartered, Sinaia. YouTube their performance of these tracks on Audiotree. 4.5

pinkmaggit69
April 8th 2021


26 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dude this album is awesome! What a shitty review. 2.5 because it sounds similar to albums that got a 4?!? Didn't even mention 1 track. Listen to Milano, Quartered, Sinaia. YouTube their performance of these tracks on Audiotree. 4.5

RogueNine
April 8th 2021


4670 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Quartered is the only one of those that is good.



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