Baroness-Yellow and Green.

July 24, 2012

Out of all the new music that I’ve picked up so far this year, Yellow and Green, a double LP from Georgia hard rock group, Baroness, takes the spot of music that is most outside the scope of what I normally listen to.  Baroness initially started out as more of a southern, sludgy metal group.  My first introduction to them was when I picked up Blue Record at the suggestion of my internet friend, Patrick.  It was at this point in the band’s career that they were in sort of a “transition phase” from a more traditional sludge metal sound to more of a mainstream post-metal (is that a word?) sound.  There was the presence of cleaner vocals, a greater focus on melody and song structures not commonly found in traditional “sludgy” metal standards.  On top of this, there was a greater emphasis on the album rather than individual tracks, which is something that I look for in contemporary music.  Call me what you will, but I like the experience of being able to put on a record and listen to it all the way through.

Beards. A prerequisite for any good metal band.

Anyways, I liked it but I didn’t really fall in love with it.  At the time, I was getting into heavy music again and found myself looking for bands that represented a certain sound; mostly of the doom, stoner and sludge sub-genres.  I found myself thinking, “This sounds similar to what Ben in high-school used to listen to.  I’m in my mid-twenties!  I can’t afford to listen to non-abrasive heavy music acceptable by the mainstream.”  I came back to the record a few months later and liked it considerably more after getting over myself just a little bit.

As I sit here and writing, I will occasionally take breaks to peruse my favorite music blogs to see what’s coming out and what all the indie-kids will be going apeshit over next.  I heard about the new album to be released and after sampling a few of the singles, I was still not sold.  But still, my curiosity got the best of me.  “A double LP?  It’s GOTTA be a concept album.”

It’s not a concept album.  But check out this cover art.

Created by front man John Baizely.

 

Baroness further their progression to a cleaner, more subtly heavy aesthetic.  Harmonized vocals, references to prog and psychedelic rock are predominant.  The band is older.  The sound is tighter.  They seem not at all concerned with not being heavy enough and more concerned with giving the audience their take on heavy music; a form that often suffers from bands attempting to define themselves by being more of something than their contemporaries.  HEAVIER.  LOUDER.  SLOWER.  CRUSTIER.  That’s what the metal head is searching for when he peruses the blogosphere for heaviest shit that you’ve never heard of.  This record isn’t MORE of anything.  And I will admit, that thought alone is what caused me to at least investigate.  To my surprise, I liked what I found.  Yes, it might’ve been something that I would’ve been all about in high-school.  But that’s not always a bad thing.

Rating: 8/10.  A strong album with a surprisingly small amount of filler for a double LP.  I can see myself coming back to it in the future.

Thoughts?  Did you like it/hate it/could not care less?

9 Responses to “Baroness-Yellow and Green.”

  1. Brian said

    Nice. Sort of reminds me of Mastodon. Not so much in sound, but the album-oriented, heavy music, done *their* way. Thanks for posting this.

  2. Daniel said

    This song was pretty good, I’ll have to pick this up soon. The red album is my personal favorite from them. I’m a big fan of pairing ambient volume swells with most styles of music these days and they really pleased me in the way they applied it to their all around solid songs.

    Can’t wait for the new faceless album to finally come out!

  3. Daniel said

    The art is legit too. It connects all of the albums visually as well as they connect musically. The frontman is definitely a talented guy.

  4. Terrible said

    Hey man, haven’t posted in a while, getting caught back up with internet stuff –

    If you like instrumental, slightly experimental metal, I love this guy

    Cloudkicker – http://cloudkicker.bandcamp.com/

    A lot of his albums you can name your price on, so if you want to try a couple out for free you definitely can

    I’d probably start with the first one, The Discovery

  5. doogie003 said

    I liked it. I think I gave you this band suggestion before but check out Opeth they have many harmonics, time changes, and great progressive metal songs.

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