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METAL | Miles Raymer

Strong chance of drool with Russian Circles' Empros

In a recent interview with the webzine 1000 Knives, Russian Circles bassist Brian Cook lists among other recent infatuations a couple of effects pedals: Tonebutcher's Pocket Pus (a "fuzz that has this weird arpeggiating decay on it") and Fuzzrocious's Terrordactyl, which he describes as "basically a fuzz pedal with a filter on it that makes everything sound super gooey and nasty. i [sic] basically just sit and play slow sustained power chords through it and drool all over myself."

You can hear both pedals (and presumably more) on the proggy metal power trio's new album, Empros, which comes out on vinyl, CD, and in digital form courtesy of their management group Sargent House's in-house label on October 25.

In the usual fashion for a Russian Circles record, Empros swells, sprawls, churns, and does other verbs that are more commonly applied to weather systems than rock records. Devotees of heavy psychedelic music might find that the album causes uncontrollable drooling as well. The group's about to embark on a monthlong tour that includes shows with heavy outfits Helms Alee, Young Widows, and Boris, and which concludes December 3 at Lincoln Hall.

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