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Album Review

There isn't exactly a plethora of metal bands in the early 21st century that are eager to mix indie rock sounds into their noise, which makes the Savannah, GA-based quartet Baroness stand out from the overcrowded metallic pack. On their first-ever full-length release (and first for the Relapse label), 2007's The Red Album, the riffs are quite reminiscent of guitar-driven, post-hardcore bands out of the mid-'90s (a style which would later serve as the basis for emo bands several years later), while singer/guitarist John Baizley only knows one way to vocalize: holler, holler, holler. Think a more metallic Fugazi or Sunny Day Real Estate, and you're not far off from the brand of rock & roll that Baroness specializes in, as evidenced by such standouts as "The Birthing" and "Wanderlust." The Red Album shows that Baroness is one of a select number of acts that manage to be both mathematical and melodic at the same time.

Customer Reviews

Modern Metal evolution

I love this band. Baroness brings the intensity of Mastodon and combines it with the sonic landscapes built by isis, the results are visceral, expansive and excellent. Metal has evolved.

Future of Prog

Baroness is a prog band, hands down. Progressive metal is hard to define so I'll just put it how I see it. Baroness's Red Album has a humanistic feeling to the music. If I remember correctly it was Revolver's album of the year for 2007. When you listen to songs like Wailing Wintry Wind, or O'Appalachia, you can just FEEL the emotion and thought process the artists put into the songs. Not many other albums, by any big name artists, give this to you. Great album, expansive soundscapes and forward-thinking. A few other reviewers mentioned Isis, this is a good comparison but with a deeper twist and not so many trippy-visionary elements.

Its purely amazing

Melodic and heavy are two great words to try and encompas the Baroness sound, but both fail in the end. This band has a fantastic thing going for them by trying something that few other artists attempt. And they're great at it.


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 formed the...
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