Local instrumental three-piece post-metal act Russian Circles now has three fantastic records to its name, each one more progressive and daring, each with its own unique personality and winning traits. The band’s 2006 debut, “Enter,” was nearly pure metal—riffs, pounding drums, aching ears—it was an overachievement for a group in its first rodeo. “Station” came in 2008 and featured a craftier, sensitive Russian Circles, more brooding and calm, less in your face. The effect was punishing in a different way. “Geneva,” the brand-new record, works just as well as the other two, as the band’s embraced loop pedals and effects even more than before. (Live, the three musicians sound like a chorus of a hundred, as the sounds coming from all directions overwhelm.) “Geneva,” a smart, engaging work, could be the band’s best yet. (Tom Lynch)
December 12 at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln, (773)525-2508, at 9pm. $12-$14.