Empros - Russian Circles
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Universal acclaim- based on 14 Ratings

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  • Band members: Mike Sullivan, Brian Cook, Dave Turncrantz
  • Summary: The fourth full-length album for the Chicago instrumental metal band was produced by Brandon Curtis of The Secret Machines.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. There's a determination in the undertone of the album. That determination in crafting of a band's best record to date, only covered by the confidence it lets off as well.
  2. Nov 1, 2011
    91
    Empros doesn't just defy gravity, it defines it.
  3. Nov 2, 2011
    90
    The album is the natural progression and refining of everything the band has done prior to it; it encapsulates and exemplifies all at once.
  4. Nov 15, 2011
    80
    Sullivan's intelligent use of layers and loops create a phenomenally dense but remarkably accessible soundscape as the band constantly ebb and flow between bombast and introspection.
  5. Nov 16, 2011
    80
    Empros is consistently epic and life-affirming without ever delving into over-emotional cliché.
  6. Nov 15, 2011
    80
    Sullivan's intelligent use of layers and loops create a phenomenally dense but remarkably accessible soundscape as the band constantly ebb and flow between bombast and introspection.
  7. Nov 3, 2011
    67
    "Batu" (Indonesia) circles but never lands, while closer "Praise Be Man" gurgles the end too early, but this hot comet Empros is anything but Greek.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Oct 28, 2011
    10
    OOO DANG their best stuff yet! Harder, Prettier, more concise, and more experimental than anything they've ever done before. The album worksOOO DANG their best stuff yet! Harder, Prettier, more concise, and more experimental than anything they've ever done before. The album works as a whole, with NO skippable tracks. I can only imagine what it's gonna be like live GEEZ Expand
  2. Nov 24, 2011
    8
    I like the progression here. The obvious definition of the tracks embodies the change of pace throughout the album. Each track has a wellI like the progression here. The obvious definition of the tracks embodies the change of pace throughout the album. Each track has a well credited emotion. I find this as a negative though as I much more enjoyed the cohesiveness of 'Station' where the storytelling nature of the varying rhythms and rigid elements encompassed within each track appeared to flow more fluidly. 'Station' is more like a movie with all the important elements where 'Empros' seems to be more of a drawn out journey of highs and lows. As I get into my car and turn up the volume, the journey heads in a positive direction. Expand

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