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Experimental/Post Metal • United States


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BARONESS began life in Savannah,Georgia in 2003 even though all members of the band hail from Lexington,Virginia.BARONESS eschew publicity,promotion and press kits,hence the sparseness of this bio.What they do is let their music speak for itself in the form of their live performances.Their touring schedule is relentless,with the band often playing over 250 gigs a year.

Consisting of members John Baizely (guitars,vocals),Summer Welch (bass),and brothers Allan and Brian Bickle (drums and guitars respectively),Baroness released two well received EP's simply titled "First" in 2003 and "Second" in 2005.In 2007 the band release a split with the band UNPERSONS titled "A Grey Sigh in a Flower Husk".

2007 also saw BARONESS sign on to the mighty label Relapse Records and they released their first full-length album,titled "Red Album".All of BARONESS' albums feature stunning psychedlic artwork conceived and drawn by band member John Baizely.

With colossal riffs and haunting vocals rolling like thunder across epic songs spanning both the intense and the sublime,BARONESS' sound evokes comparisons to bands like MASTODON,PELICAN and ISIS,to name a few.BARONESS play a unique blend of post-metal/sludge,prog metal,thrash,death and stoner doom metal and are highly recommended.



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Discography:
First,studio album (EP) (2003)
Second, studio album (EP) (2005)
A Grey Sigh in a Flower Husk, studio album (split) (2007)
Red Album, studio album (2007)
Blue Record, studio album (2009)
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3.77 | 87 ratings
Red Album
2007
3.41 | 57 ratings
Blue Record
2009
3.75 | 84 ratings
Yellow & Green
2012

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2.83 | 15 ratings
First
2003
3.25 | 13 ratings
Second
2005
3.97 | 10 ratings
A Grey Sigh In A Flower Husk
2007

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 Red Album by BARONESS album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.77 | 87 ratings

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Red Album
Baroness Experimental/Post Metal

Review by FragileKings

4 stars Baroness is described as a progressive metal band, an experimental/post metal band, and a sludge metal band depending on where you look. I found them while checking out sludge metal bands on Amazon. I had been kind of out of the metal scene in so far as new bands were concerned for a number of years and so I decided to see what was new out there. A lot of bands impressed me with their music but turned me off with their vocals. What ever happened to singing like Ronnie James Dio, Rob Halford, Bruce Dickenson, and Ian Gillan?

So, here was this band called Baroness with some pretty cool album covers (all designed by John Baizley (guitar/vocals) and I found that their approach to music rather appealed to me, at least after clicking on the 30-second track samples on Amazon. The vocals were still an issue for me; however, I decided that the music was good enough that I would order the CD. Actually, around this time I had decided not to be such a sourpuss about aggressive shouting vocals and roaring death growl vocals. I ordered Opeth's "Blackwater Park" and Mastodon's "Leviathan" at the same time in order to embrace a wider musical scope.

Off the bat, the thing that impressed me with "Red Album" was that it starts off more like a post rock album than anything else. There's a fairly long instrumental introduction that builds until it finally gets heavy and the vocals come in. I don't mind the shouting so much as long as I feel it suits the music. When the music is not so aggressive, I think the vocals should reflect that in most cases. I found however that the most aggressive vocal moments were too much for the music. Nevertheless, the song impressed me for its post rock/metal stylings. I hope the band will forgive me for mishearing "Rays on Pinion" as "Ray's Opinion".

Track one concludes and immediately "The Birthing" begins almost as if the two were one song split. The sound and style continue and I am still impressed, and accepting the vocals. However, when "Isak" flows out of "The Birthing" so that the first three tracks form a set, I begin to feel there's a certain sameness about the songs.

That doesn't last, though. "Wailing Wintery Wind" is over three minutes of post rock instrumental before the heavier tone sets in. My interest returns, and the album takes another turn with the acoustic instrumental "Cockroach en Fleur", showing us that Baroness are following in ancient metal traditions by showing us their classical side.

"Wanderlust" easily makes it a playlist selection with its creative composition, again playing different styles off each other. At times the vocals are actually starting to grow on me. I note that the guitars use different distortion sounds: one is heavy and gritty like on Pelican's "What We All Come to Need" and the other is scratchy and higher toned. The drumming is also a thing to mention as we often travel outside of 4/4 time and into a mixed bag of time measure changes and odd beats plus lots of fills.

"Aleph" keeps the pace and flow of the album but it's the instrumental "Teeth of a Cogwheel" that perks up my ears. It gets three consecutive plays on my way to work today. The sad thing is that it's so short. The first 24 seconds are the drum intro, then the main riff with regular percussion. Then comes the treat. Something that I can only describe as 70's rock rhythm/funk mixed with a complex tribal beat backs the riff. I am totally following the music here. Then we get a deliciously scratchy guitar solo, more impressive in sound than performance but very nicely done nonetheless. Another round of the riff while the drumming takes its former impressive path to another height. And that's it. The song concludes at 1:55 and the last 20 seconds are just delay pedal effects.

The final tracks of "O'Appalacia" and "Grad" also stand out though keep the style of the whole album. Except for the beginning of "Isak" I didn't feel that this album was repetitive or unoriginal. I still am not a fan of the vocals totally but musically these guys really know their stuff. Thankfully, there are two or three instrumentals and some of the songs feature more instrumental parts than sung ones.

I would give this album 5 stars for the music, but overall just four because of, well, the vocals. The shouting style suits the heavier approach of Mastodon more, in my opinion. An album worth checking out if you haven't heard of Baroness before. An excellent addition if this heavier, more raucous style is to your liking.

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 Yellow & Green by BARONESS album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.75 | 84 ratings

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Yellow & Green
Baroness Experimental/Post Metal

Review by UMUR
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3 stars "Yellow & Green" is the 3rd full-length studio album by US sludge rock/metal act Baroness. The album was released through Relapse Records in July 2012. Baroness are quite the adventurous act and over the course of their first two albums "Red Album (2007)" and "Blue Record (2009)", they have gone from being a sophisticated sludge act to incorporating stoner, rockīnīroll and 70s hard rock elements to their sound. Not completely unlike the development that a contemporary act like Mastodon also have been through.

This time around Baroness have focused even more on accessibility (even occasionally touching maintream appeal) than ever before. Most tracks are vers/chorus structured with only few excursions beyond that formula and the choruses are catchy and for the most part leave a lasting impression. The raw shouting vocals, which were already sparse on "Blue Record (2009)" are now completely gone from the bandīs music. Instead the vocals are clean with an occasional rough edge, but often layered with distorting effects.

"Yellow & Green" is a double album. The first disc is titled "Yellow" and the second disc is titled "Green". So there are about 75 minutes of music to digest. Personally I find "Yellow" slightly more interesting than "Green". There are simply more tracks on "Yellow" that stand out. Highlights are tracks like "Take My Bones Away" and "Cocainium" but the quality of the tracks are more or less consistent throughout. Few real highs and few real lows.

While I can see the drawing of what Baroness want to achive with "Yellow & Green" I donīt think the mission is fully accomplished. Itīs like they lack the last conviction in the delivery and the songwriting could be better and more defined too. The fact that lead vocalist/guitarist John Baizley isnīt in possession of the most interesting voice is a minor issue too. When that is said "Yellow & Green" is still a well produced, well played and for the most part well written album and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

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 Second by BARONESS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2005
3.25 | 13 ratings

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Second
Baroness Experimental/Post Metal

Review by memowakeman
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3 stars Now the "Second", which once again has three songs that make a total time of 20 minutes. The first one is entitled "Red Sky" and starts with a solid sound that catches your attention since the first notes, the strings play repetitive notes that may be considered some kind of math rock or Discipline-esque ones (you know what I mean), but well later the music changes, becoming more distorted with the entrance of vocals and a different structure.This is a cool song, better than the three from their First EP.

"Son of Sun" starts all of a sudden, with a calmer sound, excellent drums and some nice distorted guitars whose intensity will be increasing with the pass of the seconds. Three minutes later there is a change, the vocals appear and seems to make the music explode, the nuances are new and the textures also different. Later there are moments of stillness which are interrupted by some lightning-like guitars that sound every 4-5 seconds, until at minute five it does really explodes and we can listen to a heavy Baroness. Cool track as well.

The last one is "Vision" which is the most experimental of them all. Drums and strings are playing in worlds apart, making some noises that seems not to be joined, but then little by little all are joined so the song acquires a form. Then the instruments follow the same path, strings play the same notes while drums do their best. The atmosphere is pretty cool, sometimes giving a sensation of powerful, some other of nervousness. This is a great song to finish this pretty good EP. Much better than the first one, without a doubt.

Three stars. Enjoy it!

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 First by BARONESS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2003
2.83 | 15 ratings

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Baroness Experimental/Post Metal

Review by memowakeman
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2 stars "First" as you can imagine is actually the first production of Baroness, a 17-minute EP released in 2003, in which they show what the band's sound would be about. I have recently gotten more into it, due to a couple of interesting live videos I watched, that is why I was interested and wanted to know more about them.

"Towerfalls" is the opener and longest track here. In this track the vocals are heavy, almost death vocals, the music is fast and powerful but in moments a bit easier and more interesting to my ears. I prefer much more the light (if there is one) side of Baroness. I like the short interlude after four minutes, and how the music restarts again.

"Coeur" is a shorter track, with great guitars and a drummer that I really like, his works is excellent always. The vocals are again growling ones, which are not my preferred. "Rise" is by far my favorite track here, with a cool introduction with repetitive notes that makes me feel hypnotized, the sound is not death metal, now it is sludge, it does have the sound I like of Baroness. The guitar and bass work is excellent, and I like how the song is progressing little by little, increasing the sound and velocity until two minutes later the growl vocals appear. The instrumental parts are great here, what a pity I don't really love the ones with voice.

Well, one song I like, two I don't, that is why I will give it only two stars, because this is for Baroness fans.

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 Yellow & Green by BARONESS album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.75 | 84 ratings

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Yellow & Green
Baroness Experimental/Post Metal

Review by arcane-beautiful

4 stars Baroness are a band that I haven't really heard of, and this is my first experience with the band.

I'm not a massive fan of stoner rock/sludge and if I'm being honest, I like Mastodon, and that's about it. Now and then I like some songs by some stoner bands...depending on what mood I'm in, but I won't lie, it's not 100% my thing.

But...this album was receiving a lot of positive criticism and a lot of people where talking about and comparing it to the last Mastodon album...so I was a little intrigued. So having listened to the first single, and liking it, I thought...meh, might as well buy it. So I did..

Now overall...I did like a good bit of this album. I think the album is a little bit over hyped, and maybe the band in general, but maybe it's because it's not my thing. But because it's not my thing...and I actually rather enjoyed it...does show that the band have achieved something good...so if this is your thing you probably would love it.

The only problem with the album that probably would have made this album better for me would have been to make it more compact, get rid of some of the filler and just make one single album, instead of a 2 disc double album (even though you can easily fit all these songs on to a CD).

I do like the double album format, especially when deciding on which disc of the album I favour more. Now I think everyone will agree that the first disc is the best side of the album, and if it was just a single album, it might have been one of the albums of the year. But the second disc does really just sound like leftovers. I won't lie, there are some good moments, but it does sound like a collection of B sides...and it's why I think a single album with some songs left off would have made a better album.

Now this does sound a bit negative, but overall, even the filler isn't the worst. Grated there are about 2 songs that I find are completely useless, but the rest is still pretty great.

Musically the band have adapted a style which is better suited for songwriting, and has been toned down a bit from there previous material, making the album a lot more compact and listenable. The vocals I'm not the biggest fan of, but they are ok. I do love the use of vocal harmonies throughout the album.

YELLOW

1. Yellow Theme - A great intro to the album. Perks the atmosphere right up. 8/10

2. Take My Bones Away - The perfect single for the album. A very catchy song. At times it very reminds me of Thrice at times. 10/10

3. March To The Sea - A song about drug. Woopee. An interesting song with a pretty cool chorus. Great lyrics too. 9/10

4. Little Things - When I first heard this song, I was thinking to myself, "ha, this sounds like Jimmy Eat World"...which isn't a bad thing because I do like Jimmy Eat World a good bit. But there is a twist...due to the sludginess of the song and the jam like style of the end, making it pretty unique. 8/10

5. Twinkler - A bit of an interlude with some nice vocal arrangements. Nice accompaniment too. 8/10

6. Cocainium - One of the more moodier songs on the album. Great build up at the start and a pretty cool groove in the chorus, Overall, it's a pretty moody groovy song. 9/10

7. Back Where I Belong - This song definitely has some of the best guitar playing on the album. Nice arrangement and chorus too. 8/10

8. Sea Lungs - One of the more heavier songs on this side of the album. Some cool riffs. 8/10

9. Eula - The best song on the album in my opinion. A very powerful song and not a boring moment on it. And the guitar solo on this song is pretty impressive. 10/10

GREEN

1. Green Theme - This has to be one of the best intros I have ever heard to open up an album.

2. Board Up The House - If this where the single of this side of the album, it would have gone done well enough. I do feel that the song would have been better if it did have a better chorus. The chorus is alright, but the verses have a lot of build up and don't really go anywhere. 9/10

3. Mtns. (The Crown & Anchor) - A nice soft arrangement and some nice lyrics too. 8/10

4. Foolsong - The best song on this side of the album. I probably would have preferred this to have been on the first half of the album. A very beautiful and melancholic song that focuses very much on using minor keys. 10/10

5. Collapse - I won't lie. All I can hear in this song is a very hipster sounding arty farty attempt at songwriting with bland instrumentation and nonsensical lyrics. 5/10

6. Palms Alive - The same as Collapse really with a slightly more interesting side due to the electronic sounding drum beat and a good enough ending to the song. 6/10

7. Stretchmaker - A nice instrumental acoustic interlude. 7/10

8. The Line Between - The riff at the start of this song is really kick ass. The song does kind of morph into a more standard song, but it's still a pretty great song though. 8/10

9. If I Forget Thee, Lowcountry - A nice little ending to the album. 7/10

CONCLUSION: It's not 100% my cup of tea. But I did rather like it a lot. There are some great songs on it, and overall it's a pretty decent album. The band aren't a band I would usually go for, but I might give there other stuff a listen, because this was rather good.

7.6/10

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 Yellow & Green by BARONESS album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.75 | 84 ratings

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Yellow & Green
Baroness Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Tombo2

4 stars Baroness is a spacey, hard-edged metal act, who will invite obvious comparisons to Mastodon. A fair assessment, especially on Yellow & Green, a double album that really feels more like two albums in one.

The first half, Yellow, is a dark and gloomy affair. The heavy keyboard ambiance and the echo on the vocals contrasted with the crushing drums and screaming riffs, create a desolate effect that puts the listener in a distant place. "Eula" refines this formula, jumping from atmospheric to aggressive.

On Green, the ambiance is lessened, and the songs are much more forceful in their delivery. "Board Up the House", "Psalms Alive" and "The Line Between" have an unexpectedly amiable approach. Where Yellow brings you down, Green will pull you back up. There is a lot going on in Yellow & Green that you may not pick up from the first listen.

At less than 80 minutes, it's not long for a double album, but you can see why Yellow & Green were separated from each other. Each one has its own distinct sound, yet they somehow connect to balance out.

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 Yellow & Green by BARONESS album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.75 | 84 ratings

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Yellow & Green
Baroness Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

5 stars "New musical direction" is perhaps the scariest combination of three words to fans of any band, but for my part Baroness' three year metamorphosis after the competent sludgefest Blue Record is an absolute triumph. A strange amalgam of stoner metal and the heaviest end of psychedelia, with a few spacier moments - I detected at points passages reminiscent of an odd mashup of Meddle-era and Animals-era Pink Floyd, and elsewhere a few moments a lot like Popul Vuh - the album is saved from becoming a nostalgia-fest by taking on musical influences from much more recent subgenres.

There's a few crescendos here and there which are highly reminiscent of metalcore, some musical passages where I honestly couldn't tell whether I was listening to a guitar riff or an electronic pulse, and overall the album offers a dizzying combination of musical genres spanning four decades which yields a sound which is strikingly original. The siren-like guitar riffs on Green Theme are sounding a red alert: all of a sudden, despite all expectations, Baroness have suddenly leaped to the cutting edge of metal.

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 Blue Record by BARONESS album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.41 | 57 ratings

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Blue Record
Baroness Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Baroness play a dirty, sludgy style of metal which draws heavily on 1970s influences but at the same time refuses to brush aside modern advances and technology, with some at points really very effective sythesiser use setting Blue Record apart from its peers. With rough, bellowing vocals channeling the "Bullhead" figure referenced in the bookending tracks, some really fine guitar work, and a greater diversity of styles on offer than your typical stoner throwback band, Baroness seem intent on driving their chosen musical style into the future. On the basis of Blue Record, they might even have the chops to accomplish that.

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 Red Album by BARONESS album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.77 | 87 ratings

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Red Album
Baroness Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Starhammer
Prog Reviewer

4 stars The First Baron...

The debut studio release from US sludge-metallers Baroness.

The Good: It's almost impossible to listen to Baroness without making comparisons to Mastodon as the sonic resemblance is uncanny. But whilst their basic sound may be very similar, their musical approach is quite different.

In 2007 their older brethren had just released a third attempt to keep up with Brann Dailor's frenetic drumming in the guise of Blood Mountain, but where many accuse Baroness of simply being derivative, in reality they were more interested in carving out intricate soundscapes. The pace is much slower, the vocals fewer, overall its quite unusual, but not weird and nonsensical, more like carefully constructed ideas that are both dissonant yet cohesive. The quality of the individual compositions on Red Album are superb, but perhaps more importantly it flows seemlessly and takes the listeners on a musical journey through dark mires and shrouded catacombs.

The Bad: The diversity fades a little towards the end of the release. And the ten minutes of silence on the hidden track is just pointless on a CD release.

The Verdict: The cover art reflects the beauty of the music inside.

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 Blue Record by BARONESS album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.41 | 57 ratings

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Blue Record
Baroness Experimental/Post Metal

Review by aapatsos
Special Collaborator Prog Metal and Heavy Prog Teams

2 stars This is one of the few occasions where an album, rather than start growing at me with every next hearing, becomes more and more indifferent. Blue Record is not easily compared with albums from the contemporary "big" bands of the post metal movement for one simple reason: it is not permanently slow and creepy and this is among the positives aspects of it.

The album is a strange mixture of 70's rock 'n roll, stoner rock (in the vein of Spiritual Beggars) and post/sludge metal but with a lot more "vibe" and less heaviness than a typical post/sludge album (if there is one). Among the above, there are influences from Metallica (intro/outro, particularly on the twin guitars), UFO (A Horse Called Golgotha, acoustic part), Mastodon (War, Wisdom and Rhyme), and country and folk music in the various acoustic parts that intervene between full songs. Disappointingly, the band has been affected by the modern "nu-metal" sound as well (e.g. Swollen and Halo).

I struggle to find the elements that would categorise Baroness under any prog genre, as their sound is mainly based in rock 'n roll/stoner riffs and simple acoustic melodies. Although the record is solid in terms of musicianship and structure, I feel that there is rarely something original to be found among the - sometimes enjoyable - riff lines or the - carefully executed - melodic parts. In addition, the number of different styles, which usually gives the required variation to an album, feels as it does not work this time as I found myself "confused" after listening to the 12 tracks in a row.

It would be unfair to say that this is a bad album; it does certainly have its moments but I fear that the end result would appeal only to some fans of the stoner/sludge style without many expectations of "progressive" music.

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