Photograph By Sandy Carson
Largely known as an instrumental, post-metal band, Russian Circles began experimenting with vocal contributions on their 2011 record "Empros," featuring bassist Brian Cook on vocals. For "Memorial," Russian Circles sought out the haunting vocals of Chelsea Wolfe, who has toured with the band in the past and also releases records for Sargent House. Her contribution, on the closing track 'Memorial,' reads like the final chapter in the five stage of grief, that of acceptance. It's reminiscent of the opening track on the record, but allows for a sense of closure to Russian Circles' fifth studio effort.