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Baroness

Baroness: The Red AlbumThe Red Album (2007)
Relapse Records

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You hear about a band and how great they are. We've all been there. You add them to the list of CDs to purchase and think nothing of it. A day comes when you get around to buying the CD, put it in your car, and as you're driving, you get goosebumps as you've stumbled upon something special. Enter Ba.
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You hear about a band and how great they are. We've all been there. You add them to the list of CDs to purchase and think nothing of it. A day comes when you get around to buying the CD, put it in your car, and as you're driving, you get goosebumps as you've stumbled upon something special. Enter Baroness.

Baroness hail from Savannah, GA. Guitarist/lead vocalist John Baizley has done artwork for various bands such as Darkest Hour (Deliver Us), Pig Destroyer (Phantom Limb), and Skeletonwitch (Beyond the Permafrost). While all his artwork seems to have a sameness to it (note the similarities of the covers for the latest by Darkest Hour and Pig Destroyer), the music he creates with Baroness is something new and refreshing.

The album kicks off with "Rays on Pinion," and this song alone is worth the price of the CD. There are so many twists and turns you're not sure where Baroness are going next. Part `70s rock, part arena rock, and part metal -- it's all here. The album continues in this fashion until the finger-picked instrumental "Cockroach en Fleur." It sounds like something you'd write while on your front porch in the summertime at about 1 in the morning with just your dog and a bottle of whiskey.

This leads into the strongest song on the album, "Wanderlust." Great guitar melodies work along with various time signatures and a soaring verse that makes you want to take a drive and never come home. The song "Grad" closes out the album and the melody almost brings a tear to the eye with its slow tempo and guitars that sound as if they're crying.

Take Mastodon, Led Zeppelin, Motörhead, and mix with a little southern rock and you have Baroness. Get this one folks. You won't be disappointed.

 

 
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branden (January 14, 2008)

wow "rays on pinion" slays me.

AlmostPunkEnough (January 13, 2008)

maybe i'm just crazy, but the second song on their myspace has a Stone Temple Pilots quality to it, at least the begining.

despite that, i dig it.

punkgato (January 12, 2008)

"wow, i will never listen to this band. if they do, in fact, sound like that, then i can imagine it is awful"

I can clearly imagine you are retarded...dumbest comment of 2008 already???

Branden (January 12, 2008)

pretty cool tunes. reminds me like if, you took a band like jawbox and mixed it with mastodon.

Hey_Asshole (January 12, 2008)

"Take Mastodon, Led Zeppelin, Motörhead, and mix with a little southern rock and you have Baroness. Get this one folks. You won't be disappointed"

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wow, i will never listen to this band. if they do, in fact, sound like that, then i can imagine it is awful

olddogsneverdie (January 12, 2008)

its funny. i saw these guys on myspace at random and added them because their picture was of the singer and he had this ferocious, awesome beard. and that was basically the sole reason.
i got around to actually listening to the music after that and its pretty intensely good. i don't listen to metal all that much but i appreciate good music when i hear it.

shanholtzer (January 12, 2008)

This is arguably the absolute best album to have come out last year.

xote (January 11, 2008)

Check out www.myspace.com/ahauntedrift It's ex Exam and Vog. Add us and wait for some music.

elephantdwarf (January 11, 2008)

oh i didn't mean that you meant it got old. i was just saying it is getting kind of old now in years... as far as music goes these days anyways. but i think its their best stuff. score is for Whitest of Elephants

SilentStorms (January 11, 2008)

"and to the dude that mentioned Exam... i fucking listen to that last Exam record all the time stillllllllll. it's definitely not gotten old at all."

I didn't mean it was old, I just like their earlier stuff better. It was more to the point and didn't drone on as much.

Score is for the last Exam EP.

elephantdwarf (January 11, 2008)

I was a bit surprised that didn't make anyone's best-of-07 lists

it made mine! but i'm not staff. and to the dude that mentioned Exam... i fucking listen to that last Exam record all the time stillllllllll. it's definitely not gotten old at all.

inagreendase (January 11, 2008)

Heard a lot about this band and never bothered to check them out. Heard it at a friend's party and thought it was awesome. Bought the album and thought it was pretty good, but not completely worth the hype.

seth_uber_alles (January 11, 2008)

This was one of my favorites of 2007. Beautiful music.

SilentStorms (January 11, 2008)

Ever since they released the Second EP I fell in love with these guys (and I bought it without ever hearing them). But once they posted 2-3 tracks from this album on myspace I knew something happened. Oh right, they lost one of the founding guitarists. My bro told me the album as a whole is pretty good, but the songs I heard were waaaaay too Neurosis and newer Examination of the... for me. I wished they still screamed all the time because that Second EP is my fav EP of all time. Maybe I should buy this and give it a try, but from the songs I heard I would rate this 2/5.

victim (January 11, 2008)

I was a bit surprised that didn't make anyone's best-of-07 lists

preston (January 11, 2008)

Yes suh good stuff.

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