I promised Deke a metal bomb, so here ya go!
Baroness – Red Album
Baroness – A Grey Sigh In A Flower Husk*
Baroness – Blue Record
Baroness – Yellow & Green 2CD
What a day yesterday was… 30cm of snow fell, and when I wasn’t out clearing all that away, I was inside letting the majesty and power of Baroness wash over me. It’s tidal. Expressive and expansive. Tight and controlled yet massive and a bit overwhelming (if you’re caught unawares). Lean and aggressive, confident it could take you in a knife fight, this is heavy metal that steamrolls you with riffs hewn from molten rock and its intense, epic nature. But for all that musculature, there are many moments of heart-wrenching beauty too, texturing the songs into unbelievable conceptual masterpieces. Repeat listens reveal further layers, treasures waiting to be unearthed. Does that sound like hyperbole? Sitting through as much Baroness as I did today, and these are albums I already know well, is to feel intensity in every fiber of your being, to pulse with that complete energy that only the most irreplaceable metal contains (not unlike classical music, as you’re aware). So no, there is no hyperbole in any of this. Utterly superb.
* Split 4-song EP with the Unpersons.