Brian Cook - Bass - 2009 - Present

Brian Cook is the bassist, baritone guitarist, and keyboardist for Russian Circles. He also played in the bands Botch, These Arms Are Snakes, and Roy. He has served as a session player for records by Mouth of the Architect and Mamiffer and is currently an auxiliary contributor to Sumac. In addition to playing music, Cook is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Stranger, Noisey, Portland Mercury, and Alarm. He self-published his debut novel, The Second Chair Is Meant For You, in 2014. He was voted Best Dancer in his 6th grade yearbook, which, if you've ever seen him dance, was obviously a joke by his classmates. Cook currently lives in New York with his husband Reno. 


Brian Cook's Gear Thanks go to:
Moog
Fuzzrocious
Dwarfcraft 
Verellen Amplifiers
Ernie Ball Strings

Brian Cook Rig Rundown

Every Record I Own - Day 337: Miles Davis On the CornerLike the Darkthrone album from my previous... 

Every Record I Own - Day 337: Miles Davis On the Corner

Like the Darkthrone album from my previous post, this Miles Davis album is a recent purchase during a hectic year. But unlike The Underground Resistance, this LP has gotten some actual spins on the turntable. The reason? If I’m listening to dissonant metal, I want to give it my full attention. But Miles Davis? It’s a good soundtrack to doing other things. 

In 1972, On the Corner’s heavy funk leanings didn’t go over well with the traditional jazz…

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Every Record I Own - Day 336: Darkthrone The Underground ResistanceThis 2013 album finds Darkthrone... 

Every Record I Own - Day 336: Darkthrone The Underground Resistance

This 2013 album finds Darkthrone shedding almost all of their black metal traits for more traditional metal styles, but even their most campy NWOBHM moments here rage with such genuine passion that I can’t imagine any purists grumbling that it’s not a retread of their early ‘90s sound.

I’ve probably listened to this record on streaming services several dozen times, and I’ve probably listened to the isolated track “Lesser Men” even more, but…

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Every Record I Own - Day 335: Darkthrone Under A Funeral MoonAlong with A Blaze in the Northern Sky... 

Every Record I Own - Day 335: Darkthrone Under A Funeral Moon

Along with A Blaze in the Northern Sky and Transylvanian Hunger, Under a Funeral Moon belongs to Darkthrone’s “unholy trinity” of formative early second wave black metal classics. Personally, it’s my favorite of the three because it sheds the last bits of the early death metal flourishes that were still present on Blaze but doesn’t go quite so far into the unrelenting tremolo picking and rapid-fire tempos of Transylvanian Hunger. It’s a record…

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Every Record I Own - Day 334: Darkthrone A Blaze in the Northern SkyAs I mentioned several months... 

Every Record I Own - Day 334: Darkthrone A Blaze in the Northern Sky

As I mentioned several months ago, I’m a recent Darkthrone convert. My main obstacle to enjoying the band back in the ‘90s was the production quality. For whatever reason, I could hang with hardcore bands like Behead The Prophet NLSL and MK-Ultra despite their frazzled low-budget recordings, but Darkthrone just sounded like all the girth had been taken out of their riffs. To my ears, it lacked power.

But now I find there to be a parallel…

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