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Review: Russian Circles – Empros by Jayson
October 26, 2011, 12:51 pm
Filed under: Rock | Tags: , ,

Russian Circles Empros

Here is the general preamble about my overall like of the “post-rock” sound and Russian Circles previous work. Done.

While sticking within the now fairly defined conventions of the genre, Empros sounds like an exercise in increased contrast. The loud parts are borderline metal. In the first 30 seconds of the first track, you could almost expect the black metal vocals to kick in. The loud bombastic parts are LOUD and BOMBASTIC. By contrast the quiet pretty parts are really quiet and pretty, almost sweet really. I’ve said with every review like this, that I always imagine some kind of narrative structure behind the music, some invisible story these kind of albums of this kind of music are the soundtrack to. With Empros, the movie is less the Oscar winner for best picture and more the nominee for best special effects. It’s not the soundtrack to the serious movie that’s going to confront some long held belief of yours in a deep but trite way. This is the soundtrack to some kind of Jerry Bruckheimer meets Disney/Avatar THIS IS ABOUT SERIOUS ISSUES BUT ALSO EXPLOSIONS AND A SEXY FEMALE LEAD movie. And you know what? That’s fine. Seriously. I am really good with that. Empros is just as technically competent as a lot of the stuff going on in the post-rock now, but it’s a hell of a lot more fun.

I am totally cool with that too.

– Jayson


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