Blood Year

Russian Circles - Blood Year
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Based on 3 reviews
User Score
Based on 56 ratings
2019 Ratings: #437
August 2, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sargent House / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

Equally focused and vicious, Blood Year is another triumph for Russian Circles.

70
Spectrum Culture

Blood Year stays in the lane that the band has carved for itself, though as ever the group wades in slightly new directions.

usedtobe
88
The seventh full length record from the Chicago post-rock/metal trio balances soft and heavy moments of sound and sludge into crushing atmosphere, meaty basslines and sustained sonic palette that never overstay its welcome. This walls of behemoth-like sound and intense instrumental interplay satiates my cravings extensively.
notanalt
65
The Crimson Years
Yaysuz
80
Let the "post-metal" tag be a warning that this album gets very loud. Like, bring your earplugs even if you are listening to this at 1% volume, just to be safe.

The album is a 39-minute non-stop wave-upon-wave of metal riffs and drums that have only one purpose: to terrify you. If there was such a thing as a Final Boss of Metal, the soundtrack to that fight would be Russian Circles. It's epic and dystopian, it's urgent and utterly horrifying.

Listen to this album if you like the ... read more
63
Russian Circles on “Blood Year” seem intent on making the Post-Metal genre die a very quick death. There are moments here that show the band bringing in new elements and bringing in more emotion than ever, which is something I’ve wanted since day 1. But so much of this album is uninspired, sluggish, and uneventful.

Give A Listen To: “Hunter Moon”, the second half of “Milano”, “Kohokia”, “Quartered”

Least Favorite Track: ... read more
ProggyFoggy
72
The instrumental trio from Chicago is back with their seventh album. Those who know and appreciate Russian Circles will not be disappointed by this longplayer at all. The band shows itself to be immensely powerful as usual and knows how to put quite simple riffs into an exciting atmosphere like no other band. Most of all, of course, Dave Turncrantz's outstanding drumming is to be mentioned, who gives the songs a lively variety and knows how to spice up the well known riff structures of Russian ... read more
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Track List

  1. Hunter Moon
  2. Arluck
  3. Milano
  4. Kohokia
  5. Ghost on High
  6. Sinaia
  7. Quartered
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