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Russian Circles plays Austin, Texas

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In the scope of Russian Circles records, "Memorial" stands alone in that it takes an individual, emotional approach to each song on the record. Beginning with the title track 'Memoriam,' the latest Russian Circles record has a much more somber tone that previous efforts. But the melancholy of the first track dissipates as the record moves into track two, 'Deficit.' According to bassist/keyboardist Brian Cook, "Its far more polarized in that the heavy parts are much more blown out and exaggerated while the pretty moments are far more restrained, delicate, and atmospheric."