AMAROK: Northern California Sludge Metal Act Begins North American Tour With Mizmor Today; Resilience LP Featuring Guests From Neurosis And Mizmor Out Now

photos by Michelle Camy

Following their hometown release show for the album over the weekend, Chico, California-based doom/sludge metal quartet AMAROK kicks off their extensive North American tour with their allies in Mizmor today. AMAROK will meet up with Mizmor, already several days into their tour, tonight in Los Angeles, for three weeks of shows, the tour ending July 31st in Oakland.

The band writes, “The response to the album has been amazing. We’re so excited to perform with our friends Mizmor and share this deeply emotional music with you all. This music means so much to us, but it’s even more powerful when a song means something to you: the listener, and it becomes a part of your story. We hope to see you out there.”

See all confirmed dates and ticket links below.

AMAROK North American Tour w/ Mizmor:
7/09/2024 Knucklehead – Los Angeles, CA [tickets]
7/10/2024 Nile Underground – Phoenix, AZ [tickets]
7/11/2024 Sister Bar – Albuquerque, NM [tickets]
7/12/2024 Rockhouse Bar – El Paso, TX [tickets]
7/13/2024 Lost Well – Austin, TX [tickets]
7/14/2024 Cheapsteaks – Dallas, TX [tickets]
7/15/2024 Hi-Tone – Memphis, TN (no Mizmor)
7/16/2024 Drkmttr – Nashville, TN [tickets]
7/17/2024 Black Circle – Indianapolis, IN [tickets]
7/18/2024 Sanctuary – Detroit, MI [tickets]
7/19/2024 Garrison – Toronto, ON [tickets]
7/20/2024 Piranha (Upstairs) – Montreal, QC [tickets]
7/21/2024 Ralph’s Diner – Worcester, MA [tickets]
7/23/2024 TV Eye – Queens, NY [tickets]
7/24/2024 Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA [tickets]
7/25/2024 Mr. Smalls Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA [tickets]
7/26/2024 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL [tickets]
7/27/2024 Cosmic Eye – Lincoln, NE
7/28/2024 The Crypt – Denver, CO [tickets]
7/29/2024 Metro Music Hall – Salt Lake City, UT [tickets]
7/30/2024 Holland Project – Reno, NV (no Mizmor)
7/31/2024 Thee Stork Club – Oakland, CA [tickets]

AMAROK is bassist/vocalist Brandon Squyres, guitarist/vocalist Kenny Ruggles–Alaniz, guitarist Nathan Collins, and drummer Colby Byrn, who combine the sustained drones and driving rhythms of doom/funeral doom metal with the intricate melodic passages, layered guitar harmonies, and blasting percussion of black metal. The band takes their name from the giant wolf cryptid of Inuit mythology; a creature capable of ripping a person’s soul from their body, symbolizing their powerful wall-of-sound aesthetic, and signaling the band’s connection to the primal forces of nature.

AMAROK is touring in support of their crushing second LP, Resilience, which was just released at the end of June. Resilience was recorded and mixed by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios (High On Fire, Necrot, Vastum), mastered by James Plotkin (Khanate, Sunn O))), Isis), and completed with cover art hand painted by Adam Burke, and photography by Michelle Camy and the band members. The album features guest vocals on “Charred (X)” by Dave Edwardson (Neurosis) and on “Penance (XII)” by A.L.N. (Mizmor), and cello on “Ascension (XI)” played by Jaed and recorded by Chris Keene at Cutters Cathedral.

Resilience is out now digitally and on 180-gram 2xLP – 200 on Citrus (EU), 200 on Jade (US), and 300 Black – via AMAROK’s own Vulture Print in the US HERE and HERE and Vendetta Records in Europe HERE.

“…it’s a towering offering of slow-paced, heavy/beautiful post-metal.” – BrooklynVegan

“a massive, slow-burn offering… Starting with lightly-strummed acoustic guitars and light ambience that transition naturally into melodic funeral doom riffs, ‘Legacy (XIII)’ puts a nice bow on everything—the melody, the moodiness and the heaviness—that AMAROK do so expertly throughout Resilience.” – Decibel Magazine

AMAROK’s anxiety and anguish over the state of our planet not only is understandable but should spark rage in anyone who hopes we still have a habitable planet for future generations. Resilience is a heavy message that makes your insides ache with the fear and fury over the ignorance so many people alive alongside us have for a climate that’s teetering on the edge of disaster. All hope is not yet lost, and there’s still time to fight, but we’re running out of time, and the funeral for our species is bound to be something we have earned outright.” – Meat Mead Metal

“Crafting massively long doom metal tracks is an art by itself and AMAROK shows great skill and poise in doing so. With their sophomore release, Resilience, the band shows that their crushing debut album was not a fluke. All five tracks in this release create the perfect funeral dirge and should be recognized as some of the finest in the genre… 97/100” – Infernal Masquerade