Brian Cook (bassist)

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Brian Cook
Background information
Born (1977-07-16) July 16, 1977 (age 46)
OriginTacoma, Washington, U.S.
GenresMetalcore, mathcore, hardcore punk, post-hardcore, post-rock, post-metal, sludge metal
Instrument(s)Bass guitar
Years active1993–present
LabelsHydra Head, Suicide Squeeze, Jade Tree, Sargent House

Brian Cook (born July 16, 1977)[1] is an American bass guitarist currently in the bands Russian Circles and Sumac. He was also previously a full-time member of Botch, These Arms Are Snakes and Roy, and also a session musician for Mouth of the Architect.[2] Cook is also a freelance journalist and has published a book titled The Second Chair is Meant for You.[3][4][5] He is openly gay.[6]

In August 2021, Cook released his first solo album titled We Left a Note with an Apology through Sargent House under the moniker Torment & Glory.[7] The initial concept for the album dates back to the mid-2000's when he listened to Bruce Springsteen's 1982 studio album Nebraska on vinyl that was so covered in dust, the music was heavily distorted with occasional acoustic guitar music.[7]


As official member[edit]



  • To Sing for Nights (2002)[8]


  • Tacomatose (EP) (2003)[9]
  • Big City Sin and Small Town Redemption (2004)[9]
  • Killed John Train (2006)[9]

These Arms Are Snakes[edit]

Russian Circles[edit]


Torment & Glory[edit]

  • We Left a Note with an Apology (2021)[7]

As session member[edit]

Mouth of the Architect[edit]


New Idea Society[edit]

  • "Now is Here" / "Wave Goodbye" (2019)[13]


  1. ^ "United States Public Records, 1970-2009," database, FamilySearch (May 23, 2014), Brian B Cook, Residence, Seattle, Washington, United States.
  2. ^ a b Palmerston, Sean (August 2006). "Review: The Ties That Bind". Exclaim!. Retrieved April 3, 2011.
  3. ^ Hilliard, Kevin (November 10, 2009). "Interview with Brian Cook". Buddyhead Records. Retrieved April 3, 2011.
  4. ^ "Interview: These Arms Are Snakes".
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  6. ^ "A Big, Gay Roundtable".
  7. ^ a b c Sacher, Andrew (July 29, 2021). "Brian Cook (Botch, Russian Circles, etc) releasing solo album as Torment & Glory". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved July 29, 2021.
  8. ^ "Onalaska – Discography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  9. ^ a b c Mason, Stewart. "Roy – Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 1, 2011.
  10. ^ a b c d Mason, Stewart. "These Arms Are Snakes – Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 1, 2011.
  11. ^ a b c d Wilson, MacKenzie. "Russian Circles – Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 1, 2011.
  12. ^ Adams, Gregory (September 4, 2014). "Former Isis Frontman Teams Up with Baptists and Russian Circles Members as Sumac". Exclaim!. Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  13. ^ Sacher, Andrew (February 22, 2019). "New Idea Society (Cave In, Quicksand, Russian Circles) share first song in 8 years". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved February 26, 2019.