Compared to Memorial, the band's previous release, Guidance plays it straight and heavy, granting the listener fewer moments of mercy from the onslaught of Russian Circles' music.
Guidance is a masterpiece in the art of emotional communication through musicianship, an album which ultimately, despite its darkness, serves to inspire and uplift – a true reflection of the human experience.
Guidance is not only Russian Circles' best album yet, but a standard-bearer for heavy, guitar-based instrumental music. Over ten years into their career now, Russian Circles may not need to prove anything, but with Guidance, they absolutely have.
Even when Guidance gets complicated, there’s a more organic and unforced feel to it, as if songs were allowed to grow wild rather than carefully cultivated.
Although Guidance may have a few minor shortcomings, the Chicago trio’s sixth LP is yet another example of its ability to examine and depict multifaceted emotions without needing to utter a word.
Guidance has parts where Russian Circles deliver on the promise of their astounding career, and instances where one is reminded of their greatest hits.