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Blue Record (Deluxe Version)

Baroness

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Album Review

Georgia-based psychedelic rock band (calling them a metal act seems very reductive, though there's some seriously headbangable material on this disc) Baroness have made a subtle but unmistakable evolutionary leap on this, their second full-length and a clear companion piece to 2007's Red Album. It's hard to say exactly what new guitarist Pete Adams has brought to the band after replacing drummer Allen Blickle's brother Brian, but the band's established blend of Southern sludge riffs, druggy instrumental journeys, and melodic interstitial interludes, all propelled by a particularly thudding drum sound and held together by John Baizley's hoarse but clean vocals and gorgeous cover art, are even stronger now than before. The transition from the almost Moody Blues-like "Steel That Sleeps the Eye" into the crunching hard rock epic "Swollen and Halo" is just one example of Baroness' seamless melding of moods through technique and compositional acumen. There are numerous interludes on the disc — basically, any track shorter than four minutes is an exploration of a riff followed by a dissolve into sound effects or keyboard swooshes, slowly dissolving into the next actual song. "Ogeechee Hymnal," for example, offers one of the album's heaviest riffs, but it's a mere appetizer before "A Horse Called Golgotha," a suitably galloping prog metal epic that effectively conquers Mastodon's territory, and includes some astonishing guitar leads. This is a ferocious album that's not afraid to be genuinely beautiful. One of the best hard rock releases of 2009. [A Deluxe Edition featuring a DVD of live performances was also released.]

Customer Reviews

Simply Beautiful!

I have never written a review on here because music reviews are so subjective but I picked this up at the record store this morning and felt the need to proclaim its awesomeness to the world! The Red Album was a tough act to follow but Baroness did not dissapoint at all. I have only listened to it one time through so I havn't really gotten to take it all in yet but I am already blown away! Incredibly heavy and soft and pretty all at the same time. I will be spinning this all day. This is my album of the year so far!

Fantastic

Just bought this at my local record store as well, and I completely agree. It's an excellent companion to, say, Mastodon or Torche, in that this album features the proggy textures of the former, while retaining the heaviness of the latter. Insane album, buy it now.

Astonishing

I thought that Red Album was great but I was astonished to hear how they have matured upon the former. This truly is a coup for Baroness. A prog-psych-sludge mix of fluidity and technique that does, in many ways, act like a companion the Red Album but certainly catapults a much more memorable blow to your head. After listening, a feeling echoed that I had just heard something special, something that deserves to mentioned for years as one of the high-points in the evolution of metal and rock. Buy this sh*t!!!!!

Biography

Formed: 2003 in Savannah, GA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Baroness play an eclectic brand of heavy metal, embracing the ferocity and sharp technique of new-millennium metal but with melodic accents and intelligent guitar work that suggest the influence of indie rock and post-punk bands. The four members of Baroness — John Baizley on guitar and vocals, Brian Blickle on guitar, Summer Welch on bass, and Allen Blickle on drums — are all originally from Lexington, Virginia, but they pulled up stakes and relocated to Savannah, Georgia, when they...
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