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Sumac (band)

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Years active  2014 (2014)–present
Genres  Post-metal, Sludge metal
Active from  2014
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Origin  Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Vashon, Washington, USA
Associated acts  Baptists, Mamiffer, Isis
Albums  What One Becomes, The Deal, Before You I Appear
Members  Aaron Turner, Brian Cook, Nick Yacyshyn
Record labels  Thrill Jockey, Profound Lore Records
Similar  Old Man Gloom, Mamiffer, Russian Circles, Botch, These Arms Are Snakes

Sumac (stylized as SUMAC) is an American/Canadian metal band that formed in 2014. It features the Vancouver, British Columbia-based Nick Yacyshyn (Baptists) and Vashon, Washington-based Aaron Turner (Mamiffer, Old Man Gloom, ex-Isis). Sumac released its debut album The Deal through Profound Lore Records in 2015.



Musician Aaron Turner started working on new material that would eventually become Sumac with the intention of writing some of the heaviest music he'd ever created. After creating the skeletons of a handful of songs, he turned to Kurt Ballou of Converge and asked if he knew of a drummer that would fit well with the music he wrote. Ballou, who worked with the Canadian crust-punk band Baptists in April 2014 to record their second studio album Bloodmines, recommended Baptists drummer Nick Yacyshyn. Turner and Yacyshyn jammed together and clicked, and Yacyshyn commented that the music they were working on was, "a pretty dense, heavy experience and kind of out there, I'd say. I've never been in a band that sounds like this." Even though both members were a part of other projects at the time, Turner announced that Sumac would attempt to be a full-time band that would continue to write, record and tour, instead of being just a side band. After only playing together twice prior, Sumac performed their first show on stage in December 2014 opening for Deafheaven in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Sumac released its six-song debut album titled The Deal on February 17, 2015 through Profound Lore Records with Turner's own SIGE Records handling the vinyl pressing. Turner invited Brian Cook (Russian Circles, ex-These Arms Are Snakes, ex-Botch) to be a session bassist for The Deal, and also to be "an auxiliary/intermittent member for live performances when possible." The album was recorded by Mell Dettmer (Sunn O))), Earth) in Seattle, Washington and mastered by Ballou in Salem, Massachusetts. To promote the album, Sumac released the tracks "Thorn in the Lion's Paw" and "Blight's End Angel" for online streaming prior to its release. The band will embark on a short North American tour in support of The Deal in March 2015.

In February 2016, one year after the band released its debut album, Sumac announced they had signed to Thrill Jockey for the release of their second studio album. The new album, titled What One Becomes, was released on June 10, 2016 and is said to examine Turner's "internal and personal struggles with anxiety."


  • Aaron Turner – guitars, vocals
  • Nick Yacyshyn – drums
  • Brian Cook – bass
  • Live members

  • Joe Preston - bass (on select shows when Brian is touring with Russian Circles)
  • Discography

  • The Deal (2015, Profound Lore)
  • What One Becomes (2016, Thrill Jockey)
  • Before You I Appear EP (2016, Thrill Jockey)
  • Songs

    Rigid ManWhat One Becomes · 2016
    Image of ControlWhat One Becomes · 2016
    Clutch of OblivionWhat One Becomes · 2016


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