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Baroness - First & Second (Cover Artwork)

Baroness

Baroness: First & SecondFirst & Second (2008)
Hyperrealist

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Hyperrealist has put together a beautiful and cohesive package that conveniently pairs Baroness' first two blistering EPs into one handy release. The covers of both EPs are replicated on respective sides of the outside package, and both sides are also embossed with a red foil stamp. With a slipcase .


Hyperrealist has put together a beautiful and cohesive package that conveniently pairs Baroness' first two blistering EPs into one handy release. The covers of both EPs are replicated on respective sides of the outside package, and both sides are also embossed with a red foil stamp. With a slipcase over that. And full liner notes. Not too shabby.

First was, well, their first EP. The 2004 release featured three snarling, heavy tracks that are more raw and claustrophobic than what would materialize on the 2007 full-length, Red Album. "Tower Falls" begins with smoldering axes and the band's cataclysmically sludgy vocals before temporarily diving into some crusty tempos that sporadically come up and then leave. Still, cleaner riffs manage to poke through intermittently. "Coeur" is a quicker, head-banging cut with plenty of reasons to bust out the air guitar.

The other three come from the following year's Second, where the throbbing, relentless "Red Sky" practically refuses to let up. John Baizley sounds like a dying bear ("We've been here for days / Stuck on shipless sea / We've got nothing left"). Finally at about 3:40, some lighter fare comes into break up the song's generally brute force. "Son of Sun" and "Vision" both span over seven minutes apiece, with the latter getting in some wandering, unique guitar textures that hadn't been as prevalent elsewhere on this release.

Definitely worthwhile for Baroness fans who found 'em through Red or even the split that came out just before it.

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Rise [First]
Vision [Second]

 

 
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cheddar (July 23, 2009)

This was generally probably the best fuckin' idea I have ever seen. Both these records make me bust a nut, and i can never listen to one without listening to the other. those 2 records are probably 2 of my favorite records of all time... hands down.

SilentStorms (April 1, 2009)

Love the Second first, and the First second. And the Red Album just threw all respect I had for the band out the window. I will never buy (let alone listen) to any release that they release post mordem. Score is for 1 and 2.

xote (April 1, 2009)

A lot of people think Red sucks and these are where it's at. I like all of it but this shit is just so fucking raw, heavy and sludgy. Amazing shit here.

blanktapesemptybottles (March 31, 2009)

I feel like the background vocals make the red album are they not on these songs?

elliot (March 31, 2009)

Just a 7? No way. Second is at least a 9, and First is a close second.

christianpittman (March 31, 2009)

Both are stellar EPs in a different way than the Red Album, i love them all. At their show in Asheville recently they played all of First and concluded by saying it was probably the last time they'd ever play those songs since the new record is coming out this year.

theonetruebill (March 31, 2009)

I'll have to check this out. I'm one of the aforementioned "got into after Red Album" type people after being COMPLETELY blown away seeing them.

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