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What on earth is Sargent House records, a label that provides melancholic mood music to depressive heshers, doing premiering songs on RollingStone.com? Sign of the times, I suppose — the sine qua non of major music coverage premiered the title track to Memorial, the forthcoming album by Chicago's Russian Circles. The song features guest vocals courtesy of goth-y singer-songwriter Chelsea Wolfe.

Rolling Stone is typically a bit late to the party: Russian Circles were one of the many post-metal bands that arose in the wake of the Neurosis-Isis storm of the early aughts. Russian Circles have traded sludge for atmosphere more and more with each release, and "Memorial" looks to continue that pattern. Wolfe's guest vocals fit right into the group's sound — her solo work draws from post-metal and noise, among many other less-metal influences. Wolfe has actually been marketed toward metalheads (among others) since the beginning of her career — one of her earliest tracks was a Burzum cover. That said, she doesn't add much to the sound here, though that may be the point. Russian Circles's music, though beautiful, rarely draws attention to itself. If you're looking for your daily depression-and-decompression, however, here's your jam. Stream it below.

— Joseph Schafer

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