Three years after Blood Year, Chicago-based band Russian Circles have announced the release of a new full-length called Gnosis which is out on August 19th via Sargent House. According to the press release, it eschews the varied terrain of those past works by employing a new song writing technique. Rather than crafting songs out of fragmented ideas in the practice room, full songs were written and recorded independently before being shared with other members, so that their initial vision was retained. While these demos spanned the full breadth of the band’s varied styles, the more cinematic compositions were ultimately excised in favour of the physically cathartic pieces.

Check the new excerpt “Betrayal“.