2019 Best of Metal: #9 Russian Circles-Blood Year

Release date:  8/2/2019

Origin:  Chicago, IL

Personnel:  Mike Sullivan-guitar, Brian Cook-bass and Dave Turncrantz-drums

If it feels like every time Russian Circles releases an album that they end up on my year end best-of list, well, it’s probably because they do.  These guys are just a model of consistency as far as the quality and creativity displayed in the music they create.  Each album manages without vocals to convey an individual theme and spirit while still remaining true to that core Russian Circles sound.  This one is one of their better efforts.

4.5 flip flops out of 5

The list so far:

9.  Russian Circles-Blood Year
10.  Ray Alder-What the Water Wants
11.  Imperium Dekadenz-When We Are Forgotten
12.  Memoriam-Requiem For Mankind
13.  Horseburner-The Thief
14.  Cult of Luna-A Dawn To Fear
15.  Bask-III
16.  Cave In-Final Transmission
17.  The Neal Morse Band-The Great Adventure
18.  Borknagar-True North
19.  Herod-Sombre Dessein
20.  Vintersea-Illuminated