Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Russian Circles announce North American and Australian/New Zealand headlining tour dates

"Empros is one of the most viscerally exciting and completely entertaining albums I've heard in a long time. There is perfection in the air and the battle for album of the year just heated up again." 10/10 rating -- Iann Robinson, Crave Online

"It's not a stretch to say it's the band's best album yet." -- Rock-A-Rolla

Chicago trio Russian Circles announce North American and Australian/New Zealand headlining dates beginning this month and running well into Fall. The band will be supported by a plethora of Sargent House family bands along the way, including And So I Watch You From Afar, Chelsea Wolfe, Marriages, Indian Handcrafts, Deafheaven and Crypts. Please see complete dates below.

This continues Russian Circles' already lengthy treks in support of their critically praised new album Empros. SPIN Magazine recently featured a full album stream of Empros. The band also recently premiered an MP3 from the album via RollingStone.com. The song, "Mladek" is available to listen/download HERE.

Russian Circles return with not only their fourth and heaviest album to date -- but also with Empros they're poised to take the crown as innovators reinvigorating the staid trappings of genre. Empros picks up where the anthemic riffs and melodies of 2009's Geneva left off and injects evermore slithering rhythms amid skull-crushing heft with all the visceral intensity of Godflesh, Swans and Neurosis. Put simply, Empros is Russian Circles' Master of Reality: a radical revision of both heavy and melody that is monolithic in its clarity and perfection. Or, like a lone surviving wooly beast emerging from a brutal winter's frost, Empros is the sound of a band shaking the ages from its shoulders with all the brutal force of a behemoth awakened. 

Empros is Russian Circles' first full-length to be released worldwide exclusively via Sargent House, the band's longtime management company and record label that had previously released only the vinyl editions of its three prior albums. It was released worldwide on LP, CD and Download on October 25th, 2011. 


06/18  Winnipeg, MB @ The Park Theatre  w/ Indian Handcrafts
06/19  Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos Cantina w/ Indian Handcrafts
06/20  Calgary, AB @ Sled Island Festival w/ Indian Handcrafts  & a secret guest
06/22  Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
06/24  Seattle, WA @ Neumos  w/ Sandrider
06/25  Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge w/ Crypts
06/27  Sacramento, CA @ Harlow's w/ Deafheaven
06/28  San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall w/ Deafheaven
06/29  Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre w/ Chelsea Wolfe & Deafheaven
07/02  Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater 
07/03  Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room

07/06  Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
07/07  St Louis, MO @ The Firebird
08/08  Louisville, KY @ Vernon Club
08/09  Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree
08/10  Tallahassee, FL @ Retrofit Records
08/11  Orlando, FL @ Wills Pub
08/12  St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
08/13  Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
08/14  Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
08/15  Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
08/16  Washington, DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel
08/17  Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
08/18  New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
08/19  Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East (Downstairs)
08/20  Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
08/21  Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
08/22  Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme
08/23  Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
08/24  Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club

09/26  Newton, AUC, NZ @ Kings Arms Tavern
09/27  Wellington, NZ @ San Francisco Bathhouse
09/28  Melbourne, VIC @ Corner Hotel
09/29  Adelaide, SA @ Fowler's Live
09/30  Perth, WA @ The Bakery  w/ Drowning Horse
10/04  Canberra, ACT @ ANU Bar
10/05  Brisbane, AU @ The Zoo
10/06  Sydney, AU @ The Hi Fi

Artist: Russian Circles
Album: Empros  (Full album stream)
Label: Sargent House
Release date: October 25th, 2011

Track list:
01. 309
02. Mladek (MP3)
03. Schipol
04. Atackla
05. Batu
06. Praise Be Man

On the Web:

Album stream: Empros
Album stream:  Geneva
Album stream: Station 

Hi-res photos, album art, bio and more:

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