Post-rock outfit Russian Circles takes minimal swaths of metal riffs, ambient atmospheres, and math rock gestures and fits them all together to make a whole greater than the sum of its parts. STATION, the group's sophomore release, avoids the aggressive thunder of their debut ENTER, opting instead for an artful arrangement of sonic elements in which heavy riffs and chugging percussion are balanced with softer layers of subtle effects. The result is both disorienting and strangely alluring, creating a tension that makes STATION something unique, worthy of repeated listens.
Release Date: 02 June 2008
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