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Given the fact that this is a relapse release, I was hoping it would be heavier than it is. It certainly isn't as heavy as Mastodon or as complex as a band like Dysrhythmia, although there's plenty to keep you interested. Not being a band I'd really heard of before, I wasn't that sure what to expect and it took a good few listens to get into. Also, it feels like the ideas start to run out slightly towards the last few tracks, but there is a wealth of talent & progression on display in the best stuff.
Opener 'Rays of Pinion' is definetly on the heavy side, a melodic, uplifting intro leads into heavy riffs & a fierce vocal delivery. The more you listen, the more its apparent that the band have a blatant disregard for song structure, which generally, although not always, works to great effect. Quite often the vocals drop in & out of the muscial tapestry without using a chorus or particular phrase as the hook. The tracks meander along, sometimes focusing on the bass, sometimes the drums or the brillant guitar interplay. This is something the band do have in common with Mastodon. The twin guitar style works well to create constantly evolving melodies & moods. 'The Birthing' starts out in rollicking style, only to break down into a heavy bass, almost dub like sound which then reverts back to the heavy riffing. This is interspersed with a southern riff, that splits the track in two, ending in the same way it begins, with a burst of heaviness. The majority of tracks continue to work in this way, mixing slower or longer proggy sections with bursts of noise & aggression.Read more ›
The band have been compared to mastodon,explosions in the sky,clutch and isis,record labels love to do that to catch fans unaware but in this instance the comparisons are more or less on the money.
The album has ten tracks whipping in at 44 minutes long,there is a hidden track that is 11 minutes long but its mainly silence so i wont mention that.The band are epic without ever really being so,confused,you should be,its the way they develop the song at times that gives them that personna,slow ,structured,never in a hurry but delivering when they feel like it,not when you would expect!
Swirling soundscapes give way to fierce riffing but not that fierce,this band arent as heavy as some of their peers but when you listen you will be drawn in.The band dont always follow the post rock path,on tracks liek the brilliant 'wanderlust' they just go for it and never stop,the four instrumentals here vary in style but complement what comes before and after and as for the last track 'grad',a beast of a closer that features a roaring trumpet,goose pimples or what my friend,something else.
Baroness experiment here but dont really stray that far from the norms of music,so that can be viewed one of two ways but for my opinion this is great stuff,a fine debut album from a band that should be taken very seriously,thanks treeny.
Stand out tracks are Rays on Pinion, Isak and Wanderlust.
'Yellow and Green,' was predominantly built around vocals and melody, Red definetley isn't. 4 of the albums' 10 tracks are instrumentals, and the 6 that do have vocals and lyrics are quite minimal as is proven by the amount of words on display in the album's lyrics book under each song. Some of the album's longer tracks that include lyrics go 4 minutes without a word being uttered before letting the vocals kick in.
The guitars are the definite focus point here, and as pointed out by other reviews, at times sound like early Mastodon and even Thin Lizzy, with a lot of eerily melodic guitars and manages to do the Deftones trick of being heavy, intense, melodic, relaxed and beatiful at the same time.
Opener 'Rays Of Pinion,' is an 8 minute epic that goes back and forth between melodic and almost clean guitars to ominous downtuned distorted riffs. 'The Birthing' does more or less the same but way more direct and shorter, great song.
There isn't really anything I'd consider a 'convential song' on the album, the closest maybe being the brilliant 'Wanderlust,' but then again, Baroness are not a convential band and have definetley got their own sound, so convention goes out the window.Read more ›
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This album is LUSH. With mountainous head mashing riffs, dissected by rivers of brilliant harmony; get ready for Baroness to take you on a heady psycadelic journey. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Another great album for baroness. Personally yellow is there best one buy this is another great addition. Keep up the great musicPublished on 19 Dec. 2013 by Chiz
Subtle, understated....listen to over and over.....bit like Mastodon. Intricate, yet memorable....every listen comes up with new surprises..similiar to the Blue album in many waysPublished on 21 Aug. 2013 by Mr Jungle
Not being a lover of growling or shouty vocals i was knocked out by this album.Although the vocals are quite raw that is more than made up for by the superb musicianship of all... Read morePublished on 11 Jan. 2013 by FDJ
Any lover of good music should hear this. The best that can be found in the "alternative" metal. Any fan of bands like Mastodon, High on Fire, Kylessa, and others can easily see a... Read morePublished on 5 Nov. 2012 by Seed
Baroness quite obviously love guitars, and if you genuinely love guitars you should love this album. Man, there are some riffs on here.Published on 15 Jan. 2012 by Superbeasto
Baroness are an exciting sludge, stoner and prog influenced metal band from Virginia USA who play a straightforward and enjoyable version of music of which Mastodon, Kylessa, High... Read morePublished on 14 Sept. 2011 by Kingcrimsonprog