If the apocalypse is indeed coming, instrumental post-rock outfit Russian Circles is the perfect group to soundtrack its arrival. The trio's entrancingly heavy sound and textured compositions conjure up images of primordial ooze and continental drift, treating listeners to an immersive sonic experience that transcends time and place. The searing guitars and bombastic drums of tracks like "Deficit" and "Enter" make the moments of softness in the band's music all the more beautiful, and it's this interplay of heavy and light elements that gives their live shows such dynamic energy. Ticket buyers looking for a mind-blowing concert experience look no further: Russian Circles's unforgettable sets on tour bear all the markings of an earth-shattering event.
Chicago-based instrumental rock group Russian Circles was formed in 2004 by guitarist Mike Sullivan, bassist Colin DeKuiper, and drummer Dave Turncrantz. The trio released a self-titled EP that same year, and in 2006 they released their debut full-length album Enter to positive reviews. Turncrantz left the band shortly after the album's release and was replaced by drummer Brian Cook, who made his recording debut with Russian Circles on their 2008 sophomore album Station. In 2009 the new lineup hit the road on tour, performing at summer festivals like Bonnaroo before releasing their third album Geneva in the fall to a No. 24 position on Billboard's Heatseekers chart -- an impressive feat for an experimental group. Since then they've released two more critically acclaimed albums, toured the world with bands like Deafheaven and Chelsea Wolfe, and earned a reputation as a must-see live act with their heavy-hitting live shows.