Much as your humble Austin Music Minute maven expected, critics are divided (and sometimes bitterly quartered) between the definition(s) and overall perception of “post-rock.” Not sure what that’s supposed to invoke. Or summon. Or…prove. And “post-metal”? I’ve seen it all in discussions about Chicago-based trio Russian Circles, especially in reviews of their 2013 release, Memorial. To be quite frank, not really sure if it all means anything to Dave Turncrantz, Mike Sullivan, or Brian Cook. But, with all due respect to every variety of rock, metal and anything in a heavy vein, chalk one up for the humungous, gorgeous, engaging, and very intense sounds of a great metal record like Memorial. Period. If anyone can make an album with this kind of natural flow throughout, it’s these gentlemen.
Here’s what you need to do: Bundle up and get yourself out to see Russian Circles tonight at Red 7, 611 E. 7th St. Two other killer bands are on the bill, Canada’s KEN Mode and Richmond, VA quintet Inter Arma. Doors open at 8 p.m. The metal keeps you warm. Recommended.