Russian Circles

Russian Circles is a three piece instrumental band from Chicago, Illinois.
They were formed in late 2004 by guitarist Mike Sullivan and bassist Colin DeKuiper, both ex-members of instrumental band dakota/dakota.
Drummer Dave Turncrantz, ex-member of Riddle Of Steel, joined soon after.
They self-released a 4 track CD-EP and signed with Flameshovel (US) and Black Records (UK) for their first full length on CD and to Hewhocorrupts (US) and Friction Records (GER) for the vinyl.
Another limited 7" came out on Suicide Squeeze. In the autumn of 2007, it was announced that the band had parted ways with Colin DeKuiper. As a result, the bass tracks on their second album, titled Station, were handled by ex-Botch/These Arms Are Snakes bass player Brian Cook (2), who then joined the band permanently. The group's third full-length, Geneva, was released on October 20, 2009 and reached No. 24 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.

In 2011, Russian Circles signed to Sargent House who had previously only exclusively released the band's albums on limited edition vinyl. Their fourth studio album Empros was released on October 25, 2011. A supporting tour with Deafheaven followed the release. In May, 2013 the group began recording their fifth studio album, produced by Brandon Curtis. Memorial was released at the end of October 2013 and featured a guest-vocal by Chelsea Wolfe. Together they embarked on a co-headlining UK/European tour in the fall.

Russian Circles released its sixth studio album Guidance on August 5, 2016 through Sargent House. The album was produced by Kurt Ballou of Converge fame. In 2019, the band announced that they had begun writing on their seventh album to follow up their previous effort, Guidance. In May 2019, the name of the seventh album was revealed to be 'Blood Year' and would be released on August 2, 2019.

Current line-up
Mike Sullivan -> Guitar
Brian Cook -> Bass
Dave Turncrantz -> Drums


none Russian Circles - Live At Schubas 05/27/2005 album art Russian Circles Live At Schubas 05/27/2005 (Album) Re:Live none US 2005 Sell This Version
HWC 015, FRIC-031 Russian Circles - Enter album art Russian Circles Enter (Album) Flameshovel HWC 015, FRIC-031 US 2006 Sell This Version
DYMC-061, TGCS-4913 Russian Circles - Station album art Russian Circles Station (Album) Suicide Squeeze DYMC-061, TGCS-4913 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
DYMC-105 Russian Circles - Geneva album art Russian Circles Geneva (Album) Suicide Squeeze DYMC-105 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
SH066-PRO Russian Circles - Empros album art Russian Circles Empros (Album) Sargent House SH066-PRO UK & US 2011 Sell This Version
SH 111 Russian Circles - Memorial album art Russian Circles Memorial (Album) Sargent House SH 111 US 2013 Sell This Version
SH159 Russian Circles - Guidance album art Russian Circles Guidance (Album) Sargent House SH159 US 2016 Sell This Version
SH 179, DNK1743 Russian Circles - Live At Dunk!Fest 2016 album art Russian Circles Live At Dunk!Fest 2016 (Album) Sargent House SH 179, DNK1743 USA & Europe 2017 Sell This Version
SH 215-CG Russian Circles - Blood Year album art Russian Circles Blood Year (Album) Sargent House SH 215-CG UK, Europe & US 2019 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Russian Circles - Russian Circles album art Russian Circles Russian Circles(CDr, EP) Not On Label (Russian Circles Self-released) none US 2004 Sell This Version
S-058, S058 Russian Circles - Upper Ninety album art Russian Circles Upper Ninety(7", Ltd, Gra) Suicide Squeeze, Suicide Squeeze S-058, S058 US 2006 Sell This Version
SH 011 Russian Circles - These Arms Are Snakes / Russian Circles album art These Arms Are Snakes / Russian Circles These Arms Are Snakes / Russian Circles - These Arms Are Snakes / Russian Circles Sargent House SH 011 US 2008 Sell This Version
none Russian Circles - Live At Park Ave CDs album art Russian Circles Live At Park Ave CDs(CDr, EP) Not On Label none US 2008 Sell This Version


none Russian Circles - Russian Circles Far Out album art Russian Circles Russian Circles Far Out(2xFile, FLAC) Audiotree Music none US 2020

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February 21, 2022
edited 4 months ago
DAMN this band needs a helluva reissue campaign, so much of their stuff has been out of print and rare for so long. sergeant house should try making it happen with at least a few of their albums

speak of the devil, hellomerch is reissuing guidance and memorial:


August 1, 2020
Would I be correct in thinking the letters and roman numerals on the bottom of the cover design for Guidance relates to the catalogue number and year of release? SH · CLVIII · MMXVI = SH · 158 · 2016


April 9, 2018
Anyone else noticed a «knitting» sound on the drum recording on the album? I have the cd version


September 1, 2015
I'm a bit surprised that all the the LPs are described as either math rock or post rock, and nary a mention of metal. I get the other descriptions, but for post rock, they certainly rock, heavy... I'd say progressive metal.

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