Blood Year
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Studio album by Russian Circles
Released August 2 2019
Recorded 2018 - 2019 at GodCity Studio and Electrical Audio in Salem, Massachusetts and Chicago, Illinois
Genre Post-Rock, Post-Metal
Length 39:29
Label Sargent House
Producer Russian Circles, Kurt Ballou
Russian Circles chronology
Live at Dunk! Fest
Blood Year

Blood Year is the seventh studio album by American instrumental rock band Russian Circles, released on 1 August 2019 through Sargent House. The album was recorded and produced at GodCity Studio in Salem and Steve Albini's Electrical Audio Studio in Chicago by Kurt Ballou.[1] Notably this album would peak at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Charts on 13 August.[2]

Background[edit | edit source]

Following an extensive touring cycle supporting the 2016 album Guidance, Russian Circles would begin work on a seventh album, recording in Salem, Massachusetts and Chicago, Illinois, working with producer Kurt Ballou in the process. On 2 May 2019 further details would surface on the new album, including the first song promoted for the record in "Arluck".[3][4] Along with another new song in "Milano" announced in June, Russian Circles would announce a North American tour alongside Windhand and FACS.[5] On 2 August (The day of the album's release) the band would present a track-by-track breakdown via Louder Sound.[6]

"Blood Moon" would attain high praise from several critics. Ghost Cult Magazine (Awarding an 8/10 score) praised the album's directness and citing the album as "sharp and focussed, precise and deliberate."[7] New Noise Magazine, awarding a perfect five-star score, describes Blood Year as "a world you want to live in" and "memorable, mountainous music that grabs your attention from the beginning and never lets go." In closing the review would cite the album as their magnum opus.[8]

Other positive reviews would come from the likes of Invisible Oranges,[9] Echoes and Dust,[10] Unraveled,[11] Spectrum Culture,[12] The Sludgelord[13] and Riff Magazine[14] to name a few.

Tracklist[edit | edit source]

  • 1. Hunter Moon (2:20)
  • 2. Arluck (6:33)
  • 3. Milano (6:35)
  • 4. Kohokia (7:18)
  • 5. Ghost on High (2:34)
  • 6. Sinaia (7:30)
  • 7. Quartered (6:39)

Personnel[edit | edit source]

  • Brian Cook - Bass
  • Mike Sullivan - Guitar
  • Dave Turncrantz - Drums
  • Kurt Ballou - Engineer, Producer
  • Magnus Lindberg - Mastering
  • Orion Landau - Design
  • Alexis S.F. Marshall - Liner Notes

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References[edit | edit source]

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