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Savannah, GA, United States (2003 – present)

Baroness is a metal band that plays an eclectic brand of , embracing the ferocity and sharp technique of new-millennium metal but with melodic accents and intelligent guitar work that suggests the influence of sludge and bands.

Baroness formed in the Summer 2003 in Savannah, GA, United States with all members, past and present, hailing from Lexington, VA in the foothills of the mighty Blue Ridge Mountains. Maybe that’s where the band draws inspiration for their music, or maybe their style is inspired by their name, or maybe it’s just when these four band-mates come together the end result is always bold and impressive?

With a sound built upon a resolute sense of purpose and shaped by hundreds of explosive live shows, Baroness position themselves at the forefront of heavy music with their first full length and Relapse debut Red Album. Red Album is at once powerful, expressive, confident, and commanding. The record sees 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 with each Baroness recording, Red Album was recorded at the Jam Room Studio in Columbia, SC w/ producer Phillip Cope and engineers Jay Matheson and Steve Slavich.

In 2009, the Blue Record was released by Relapse Records. With this release, they continued to push the envelope and development as their style progresses. This progression ultimately gave them the Album of the Year award from Decibel Magazine and gave them numerous Best of lists from Pitchfork, Village Voice, Popmatters, Revolver, Rock Sound, and Metal Hammer.

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  • redgrave9

    it's funny how since Yellow & Green were released, everyone stopped talking about how much they disliked Blue Record and went to the next release. haha

    26 Oct 8:17am Reply
  • redgrave9

    it's weird that people would say Yellow & Green compromised for pop hooks and no emotion when Blue was filled with pop hooks and had the least emotion of any of their work.

    26 Oct 8:17am Reply
  • clintbeed6793

    I definitely personally prefer these guys to Mastodon. Mastodon is great too, but I think Baroness has more creativity and more complex instrumentation. I love how they can be heavy as balls with their Sludge and then turn it around with beautiful southern acoustic type stuff. Just a lot more variety and beauty in the music of Baroness.

    25 Oct 11:16pm Reply
  • Satan1st

    great music

    25 Oct 9:37am Reply
  • Wuzzly

    HEAR THE SEVEN BELL TOLLS, RINGING LOUD FOR YOUUUUUUUUU, CORONERS AND VULTURES CRY OUT GLOOOOORIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    28 Sep 5:35pm Reply
  • Wuzzly

    t's smart to hate the shitty direction Baroness is gone in. If you actually think anything on YAG comes close to the weakest parts of Red or Blue or even the debut EP's then you're probably wrong. The music is just so much more passionate and energetic, the difference is insane. They swap all the pacing, tension and emotion for cheap pop hooks and cheesy awful vocals." /// I'm sorry that's wrong. The band sounds just as tight, genuine, and passionate as their previous work. You can tell this just by looking at their live shows; they play just as energetic as they ever have. Sure the songs are poppier, but their songwriting, attention to tone, atmosphere, and texture are just as strong if not stronger than before. You just hate the record because you have a knee-jerk reaction to anything that sound even remotely accessible.

    28 Sep 5:33pm Reply
  • Aki_Kato

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    26 Sep 5:30am Reply
  • MilitaryTwoStep

    dead band ;_;

    9 Sep 10:35pm Reply
  • spiderferi

    i've just discovered this band! such a creative band.

    30 Aug 3:59am Reply
  • Gurzociurlo

    Tour again! Europe please! SWITZERLAND, I gotta see you!!! Before releasing new stuff, I need to see the yellow album performed, as long as the masterpieces of your previous works! The Red Album is just sublime!

    22 Aug 7:07pm Reply
  • Veronevermind

    <3

    20 Aug 9:34pm Reply
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    17 Aug 8:04pm Reply
  • redgrave9

    the production work especially on their newer material is fantastic.

    6 Aug 8:26pm Reply
  • redgrave9

    I think Yellow is actually better than the Blue Record, and that's coming from someone who enjoys their first two EPs vastly more than anything else they've done.

    6 Aug 8:25pm Reply
  • DonDonald

    "It's smart to hate the shitty direction Baroness is gone in. If you actually think anything on YAG comes close to the weakest parts of Red or Blue or even the debut EP's then you're probably wrong. The music is just so much more passionate and energetic, the difference is insane. They swap all the pacing, tension and emotion for cheap pop hooks and cheesy awful vocals." Shitty according to??? We all have different tastes. Just because you prefer the sounds on the other albums does not mean others have to.

    29 Jul 11:16am Reply
  • kenikki

    Heard Red recently and I was really impressed. IIRC, I heard a few songs from Y&G a while back, but didn't like it at all. But now I'm definitely gonna give it another chance (after Blue though).

    25 Jul 6:17pm Reply
  • johnny666black

    Can't stand Y&G, really wanted to like it and tried hard. But to me, just not much there worth the time. Sounds like the b-sides to Blue, mixed with a wanna-be Beatles of Sludge vibe. Hope future albums find them in a better direction, but have to say I'm not optimistic.

    20 Jul 6:30am Reply
  • Porpse

    true Scottish pirate metal

    12 Jul 9:07pm Reply
  • meshuggavin

    Y&G is a fantastic album in my opinion. Yes, it is totally different to the first few baroness releases, but the same level quality is there. The same passion and energy has simply been channeled differently this time round and I imagine it will be next time. It's this same debate that clogs up any sort of discussion about Mastodon and their current output. If you genuinely feel so hard done to by the change in style to write more than "meh, this one wasn't for me" then you should maybe chill out a little and realise that there isn't anything that can be done about it.

    12 Jul 2:36pm Reply
  • johnjanedoe

    The old stuff is undeniably better (IMO), just not going to stroke my own dick for thinking so and insult people who'd disagree. No use pissing in the wind though, I rarely leave shouts.

    12 Jul 11:45am Reply
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