Top Ten of Twenty Twelve: Mike Sullivan (Russian Circles)

Mike Sullivan

Russian Circles released their most recent album, Empros, last October via Sargent House and it was a barn burner.  Empros picked up where the anthemic riffs and melodies of 2009’s Geneva left off and injected evermore slithering rhythms amid skull-crushing heft with all the visceral intensity of Godflesh, Swans and Neurosis. For all intents and purposes, it was a radical revision of both heavy and melody that is monolithic in its clarity and perfection.  Coupled with an unparalleled live show that is as masterful as the album it supports, Russian Circles have been road warriors in 2012 in support of the fantastic effort.  

Ghettoblaster asked guitarist Mike Sullivan what he’s been enjoying this year.  Here are his favorites:

Swans – The Seer

Chelsea Wolfe – Unknown Rooms

Beak – >>

God Seed – I begin

Black Breath – Sentenced to Life

Gaza – No Absolutes in Human Suffering

Beach House – Bloom

Tame Impala – Lonerism

Earth – Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II

Disappears – Pre-Language