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Savannah, Georgia's BARONESS blow the lid off their cauldron of hall of fame riffs on their first record for Relapse and debut full-length titled the Red Album. With a sound built upon a solid sense of purpose and shaped by hindreds of explosive live shows, BARONESS position themselves at the forefront of heavy music with an epic album that is at once powerful, expressive, confident, and commanding. The Red Album see the band expand its sonic vision; colossal riffs and haunting vocals roll like thunder across epic songs spanning both the intense and the sublime. As the Red Album proves, BARONESS' formidable reputation precedes them for a reason.
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"Red Album" is a straight out rocker. The more sensitive stuff, including some truly ethereal songs on the "Yellow and Green Album" would come later. It makes good company with Clutch's self titled second album and "Pure Rock Fury" and Mastodon's "The Hunter" to name a few but is original enough to not be a knock off of anybody else.
I would give it five stars if it wasn't for a gimmick I hate - putting "hidden" tracks at the ends of CD's, usually 10 or more minutes for a jam or something that could and should have been in with the rest of the album, or wasn't worth the wait for. When the music stops, I'm not waiting around that long to hear anything, and I wish bands would quit doing this crap. Otherwise, "Red Album" is a great album and Baroness are one of the best heavy bands out there, having survived a terrible bus crash in England that nearly made them history in 2012. "Yellow and Green Album" is the best, "Purple" is damn near as good, and that one is growing on me fast, so the "Red Album" falls in right behind that one. Great rock and roll.
The cover art is exquisitely beautiful, and the pink vinyl pressing along with it, though my LP contained a bit more noise than I'd expect on a new album, even after the usual cleaning and brushing.
These guys are amazing and this is just their first album. I've heard some negative reviews about their third album but from what I have sampled I am looking forward to that as well.
The Music: These guys love long songs with intricate intros. Their music melds prog rock with sludge metal with basic hard rock. Sometimes it sounds very experimental, which is something I like.