Russian Circles' fifth studio album, Memorial, is the first landmark post-metal release since Isis' Panopticon, the band's greatest achievement, and unquestioningly one of 2013's true artistic masterpieces.
Unlike many of Lento's post-metal kin, the band doesn't take the epic or expected route. Forgoing the de rigueur and clearly signposted crescendos of many of the band's peers, Anxiety Despair Languish is instead taut.
Three albums in and Ancestors have produced a tour de force bursting with vitality and songwriting genius. If that all sounds like hyperbole, so be it -- albums of such extraordinary scope demand rhapsodic adoration.
Here’s to hoping Nadja pull a Radiohead and emerge jazzily, victoriously; sounding less like a two-hour Aztec sacrifice and more like Agalloch meets Orthodox, while keeping close that stylish, Canadian Aidan Baker dark flair.