This past Sunday Russian Circles played a show in Seattle on their North American headline tour. Along for the tour was King Woman.
First up was King Woman from San Francisco, California. The female lead rock group came out to the stage which was completely engulfed in fog. As the fog filled the room, one by one you we could see the members of the band. The ominous tones of the guitar and slow rhythm of the drums and bass were able to set the tone for the performance. Vocalist, Kristina Esfandiari, started to sing over the ringing guitar. The performance was filled with many different elements of rock and metal. One thing that was noticeable was the amount of emotion that was poured into all of the songs. That really seemed to captivate the audience and draw them in. The group played for about 45 minutes and ended with their song “Manna” off of their record ‘Created In The Image Of Suffering‘.
The headlining band was Russian Circles from Chicago, Illinois. The three man instrumental group came out to a dimly lit stage. In between the lights you could start to see the figures of the members. Quickly, the lights came up as the band tore into their song “Station” off of their album with the same name. This got the audience to start head banging as the thunderous sound of the band played over the speakers. The set was filled with many fan favorites such as “Afrika”, “309”, “Mota” and “Deficit”. The hour and fifteen minute set came to a close with the song “Mladek”.
Russian Circles is a band that is unlike anything else. The powerful trio can express so much in a song just with the different tones of their instruments. The music they play is so unique that you don’t only see what they are playing, but you can feel it as well. The group may not sing any words in their songs, but their musicianship speaks loud and clear for them. If you haven’t seen this band perform live before, I highly recommend doing so. A lot of their shows have been selling out on this tour, so if you have the chance to get tickets to one of their shows do it in advance before it is too late. You will not be disappointed by the performance. They will completely blow you away.
Russian Circles set list for Seattle: