Russian Circles - Guidance
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2016 Ratings: #53 / 775
User Score
Based on 93 ratings
2016 Ratings: #232
August 5, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sargent House / Label
Post-Rock / Genres
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The Guardian
On their sixth album they have ditched the mathy time-signature changes of old and instead created towering vortices of foreboding noise that sound as if the band have been mainlining Roland Emmerich films on an endless loop.

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.

Drowned in Sound

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.

The 405

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.

As much as any of their previous works, this album proves the band masters at controlling dynamics, shifting from heavy, explosive sections to more delicate passages with grace and ease.
Stunning doesn’t quite cover it. After six albums, Russian Circles are still a force to be reckoned with.

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.

Consequence of Sound
Taking as many cues from Godspeed You! Black Emperor as they do Genesis, the trio maintains a firm grasp on the minimalist ebb and flow of the former underscored by the hook-laden melodic complexities of the latter.
A.V. Club

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.

The Skinny

By deliriously atmospheric closer Lisboa, it's clear that the Chicagoan trio have little new to offer the genre, but they sure know how to make a dead concept feel alive.

Worth a listen
Um bom disco, embora não tão marcante. Pós-Rock cheio de peso, são 7 canções movidas por guitarras bem explosivas e expressivas. Gosto das harmonias, é o tipo de música instrumental que não soa como apenas virtuoses instrumentais que não vão a lugar algum, há muita organicidade neste som, muito conteúdo. É um conteúdo um tnto qnto sombrio, reflexivo, denso. Como ponto baixo, as melodias ... read more
Every generation and every era will have its corps of raw musicians and darkishly tinged music. All of which attempt to captivate the instability of the human mind and the trauma of existence. At times, it's nauseating, especially in an information age loaded on spamming bad news, creating tensions and making one feel shamed for not thinking in such an ergonomic way. On Guidance you get a sound of the sputtering and raucous existential thoughts reap.

Favorite tracks: Asa, Mota, Afrika
Fucking good.
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Added on: May 19, 2016