Russian Circles are an instrumental rock band from Chicago, and while that is not the most unique way to describe the band, it (at least) puts you in the ballpark. Not exactly hardcore and not quite metal, the music is at times heavy and technical, but it also swings. The band is capable of switching for ambient soundscapes to a raging thrash in the blink of an eye. Definitely recommended if you like stuff like Don Caballero, Ghosts And Vodka, or even Isis.
They currently have a self-titled self-released EP out and have a full-length due out May 16th presumably on the excellent Flameshovel Records. You can catch them touring throughout March and April with the likes of Appleseed Cast, Minus The Bear, The Velvet Teen, Chin Up Chin Up, Isis, and more, including a stop by SXSW. Exact dates here.
MP3 | Russian Circles – Death Rides A Horse ST EP
MP3 | Russian Circles – New Macabre ST EP