Russian Circles @ The Triple RockMar 06, 2014
Russian Circles performed at the Triple Rock on Thursday night and gave the audience an hour and half long instrumental jam session with sounds that ranged from jarring metal to soothing and melodic.
Inter Arma kicked off the evening by hitting us with grinding, dark metal and screaming vocals delivered by the wide-eyed lead singer, Mike Paparo. Their drummer, T.J. Childers, kept the rhythm in between in each song, as well as giving us an astounding drum solo that utilized double bass pedals. With layers of psychedelic sludge, doom, and incredibly forceful riffs balanced with just a bit of post-rock atmospheric shimmer Inter Arma’s sound reverberated through the club and audience as an excellent lead-in for KEN Mode.
KEN Mode speedily set themselves up and glided right into softer side of their sound before dropping their complex, heavy layers and shifting tempos full force. Jesse Matthewson’s intense vocals, with Andrew LaCour’s support, kept the audiences attention by shifting between spoken word and scream-o and staring almost challengingly into the crowd. Shane Matthewson on percussion also incorporated an impressive and electrifying drum solo in between songs. While slightly less intense than Inter Arma, their sound was just as full and had the audience wildly nodding along with their music. KEN Mode’s striking and groove-filled sound was the perfect opening for Russian Circles’ instrumental glory.
Russian Circles performed at the Triple Rock on Thursday night and gave the audience an hour and half long instrumental jam session with sounds that ranged from jarring metal to soothing and melodic. The Chicago-based group built tension and anticipation by entering and getting ready in darkness while only low, pedaled background noise played. Backlighting on the band members came up, and those sounds grew into a steady rhythm from bassist Brian Cook, an enticing cymbal solo by drummer Dave Turncratz, and long, eerie undertones from guitarist Mike Sullivan. Soon the band dove headfirst into the hard hitting and head-banging side of their music. The group continued on the rollercoaster that is their unique style through an uninterrupted set. With stunning juxtapositions between rhythms, tempos and melodies, Russian Circles’ sound spread a gripping energy through Triple Rock and had the audience enthusiastically soaking in their post-rock/post-metal instrumentals. Russian Circles left us with the set encompassing, and very satisfying song, “Death Rides a Horse”.
Carly Renee Porter