Baroness lose drummer & bassist
2013-03-26 by thumbcrusher | 70 Comments

In the wake of their tour bus crash in Bath, UK, last year Allen Blickle and Matt Maggioni have parted ways with the band. While no specifics were given in a statement by guitarist and singer John Baizley, it would seem that the injuries they sustained in the accident have forced them to end their time with the band.

This is the full statement by John from baronessmusic.com

"Nothing can truly prepare you for a brush with death. The event is unique one, singular to the observer. Trust me, you don’t want to invite the experience. Our bus accident left indelible marks, external and internal, physical and mental, you name it. Each of the nine of us went through and continues to go through an entirely different, yet common experience. We are tied to each other by a trauma, which, despite its damage, has been made individually easier through our shared ordeal. While I would never wish the incident on anyone, I cannot imagine going through that wreck alone.

Thankfully, injury was not dealt out evenly; unfortunately it was dealt in great supply. Each of the nine of us now finds our self in a drastically different circumstance, and we each move forward accordingly. There are two important things to note. First, we are all healthy. We are recovering at different rates, and we’ll all be fine in the end. Second, Baroness has made a commitment to pick up where we left off, and get back out on tour, where we belong. In fact, I am personally staking my recovery on this principle; it gives me direction and something to look forward to (finally).

However, for some of us, the accident necessitated a change that would prevent them from performing music or touring. It is with sadness that we must announce that Matt Maggioni and Allen Blickle will not continue touring with Baroness. The details of their departure are not sensational; they do not come with hard feelings. Nor are the details going to be public; suffice it to say we’d like to keep to ourselves the finer points of this situation, to respect the privacy of all involved. While the nine of us must respect the significance of the bus accident in Bath, we must also move away from it and get back to our lives. Simply put, some of the effects and injuries were severe enough to prohibit further activity in Baroness. While we would never have asked them to leave; we have the utmost sympathy for this situation, and in earnest, we wish Matt and Allen the best in the future. In their stead, we have found two musicians who can approach our music with passion and vitality and help get us back out on tour to finish what was seemingly cut short last August.

‘til the wheels fall off,

John Baizley & Baroness"


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ILJ
March 26th 2013

6669 Comments


that blows



ChuckyTruant
March 26th 2013

15712 Comments


holy shit

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Tijnmans
March 26th 2013

355 Comments


Fuck that's sad...

conesmoke
March 26th 2013

5205 Comments


I posted this earlier today...

Dear mods who didn't approve my news item,

Suck the dangle-berries off my ass-hairs, you worthless fecal vacuums.

Lots of love,

Conesmoke

MO
March 26th 2013

18606 Comments


ouch that sucks

henryChinaski
March 26th 2013

2747 Comments


Not cool.

RobbaqPL
March 26th 2013

159 Comments


Losing the dummer... Now that's a bummer !

conesmoke
March 26th 2013

5205 Comments


WORDPLAY!

Progger6009
March 26th 2013

1099 Comments


Super Bummer.

thumbcrusher
March 26th 2013

3592 Comments


fracturing your spine usually is yeah...

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 26th 2013

6067 Comments


Shit news.......

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burningbeard
March 26th 2013

113 Comments


Wow, that sucks. All the best to all involved in the wreck for their futures.

RobbaqPL
March 26th 2013

159 Comments


Nothing like a good typo in the title. The story really is a bummer, though. I actually saw these guys perform a month or so before the accident.

conesmoke
March 26th 2013

5205 Comments


It sucks, but could've been much much worse, they all could have very easily died. I'm just hoping John and Peter harness the billions of tonnes of feelings they must've endured through all this and come back strong.

halloway
March 26th 2013

684 Comments


You're a dummer.

tacos N stuff
March 26th 2013

359 Comments


sad news

thumbcrusher
March 26th 2013

3592 Comments


where's the typo?

thumbcrusher
March 26th 2013

3592 Comments


oh shit dummer lol

zaruyache
March 26th 2013

6393 Comments


But they didn't tell us who they'd be replaced with. :-[

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YankeeDudel
March 26th 2013

9313 Comments


damn

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3ddie
March 26th 2013

84 Comments


fuck! that sucks!

I really liked the drum work that Bickle provided.... hope they can get a really good drummer like him.

savagecabbage
March 26th 2013

2105 Comments


sad news

Dunpeal
March 26th 2013

3663 Comments


here's hoping this band bounces back with a vengeance

Emyay
March 26th 2013

5950 Comments


saw the headline and thought they "lost" the drummer and bassist as in they died or something. glad that isn't the case, sucks that they're no longer in the band though.

FearThyEvil
March 26th 2013

12540 Comments


damn this is sad

oltnabrick
March 26th 2013

30785 Comments


sucks


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Emyay
March 26th 2013

5950 Comments


it wasn't that bad pots and you know it

Emyay
March 26th 2013

5950 Comments


that was just like, an expression, man. i'm not trying to speak for you

Emyay
March 26th 2013

5950 Comments


thats a lot of hate. not gonna try to persuade you, obviously. its a good album though

savagecabbage
March 26th 2013

2105 Comments


love this band but yellow and green was a letdown

zaruyache
March 26th 2013

6393 Comments


He's just having a difficult time digesting the majesty of that album. Give him a few more years and he'll see the light. Or give him self an aneurysm. Whichever comes first.

savagecabbage
March 26th 2013

2105 Comments


these dudes supported Decapitated right before yellow and green hit. bet those fans were sayin wtf

oltnabrick
March 26th 2013

30785 Comments


its been a long time coming.

3ddie
March 26th 2013

84 Comments


Yellow and Green was not a bad album, but it was not that great either.... none of the songs had that "classic" Baroness punch (Red is just amazing because of that, it can be spacey, but without losing the agressive shit)

elephantREVOLUTION
March 26th 2013

2743 Comments


this sucks. i kinda forgot about that bus crash too. i didn't realize how big of a deal it was

Ire
March 26th 2013

41761 Comments


yellow n green sukd

BigPleb
March 26th 2013

36423 Comments


Good job I don't care for the band :]

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MeatSalad
March 26th 2013

14524 Comments


Sucks that they lost the drummer, dont give a fuck about the bassist though. Now their next album will be even shittier

NapalmCrusader
March 26th 2013

1737 Comments


This is really, really fucked up

NonApplicable
March 26th 2013

1958 Comments


they actually left the band because yellow and green was fucking garbage [2]

ThePac
March 26th 2013

219 Comments


well drum and bass shouldn't be in metal anyway amirite

oltnabrick
March 26th 2013

30785 Comments


Wrong

Wizard
March 26th 2013

19375 Comments


Even though their music does fuck all to me, I totally respect this type of decision.

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amemento
March 26th 2013

1425 Comments


thats sad

conesmoke
March 26th 2013

5205 Comments


"well drum and bass shouldn't be in metal anyway amirite"

You suck on chodes... all day long.

NeoSpaz
March 26th 2013

4518 Comments


damn

PistolPete
March 26th 2013

3606 Comments


this sucks for sure,

I don't agree about leaving a band because of a car crash (because reading that gave me the feeling it was the reason). There's probably more to it obviously, but that's a little weak tbh, you sustain an injury and then that's it...you're done with everything. Pack it all up, I don't wanna do this anymore? C'mon, the best musicians have taken a personal travesty, worked through it, and were better for it because the music on the other side of the tragedy was their best yet (ex. Deftones). So forgive me for being an insensitive prick, but fucking grow a pair!

Gonna go study now...

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conesmoke
March 26th 2013

5205 Comments


lol i kinda had the suspicion he was joking, but decided to label him a chode gobbler anyways.

oltnabrick
March 26th 2013

30785 Comments


lol i got it, like D'n'B



I GOT IT

oltnabrick
March 26th 2013

30785 Comments


o u already explained, now i look dumb

conesmoke
March 26th 2013

5205 Comments


haha i don't think you did oltna.... buddy....


i ahhhh...... initially didn't.

Dear ThePac,

You don't suck chodes, you suck regular sized phalluses.

oltnabrick
March 26th 2013

30785 Comments


guys im not even that stupid, not eeeven

conesmoke
March 26th 2013

5205 Comments


well my excuse is that i didn't even read the word drum in his comment, thought he just said bass isn't supposed to be in metal. damn eyes....

conesmoke
March 27th 2013

5205 Comments


trve

JS19
March 27th 2013

4239 Comments


*Phalli

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thumbcrusher
March 27th 2013

3592 Comments


@pwalcher

considering the injuries they sustained (both suffered fractured vertebrae) i'd expect that they just can't physcially play anymore, not that they're too traumatised.

conesmoke
March 27th 2013

5205 Comments


Ahhhhh JS19, Phalluses or Phalli? i think in future im going to use Phalli (sounds neater) buuuuut technically they're both correct.

@ thumbcrusher

It doesn't have to be either physical injury or trauma, what about personal relationships/issues. The way the statement reads, i.e. "a brush with death", seems to imply that some of the bands priorities changed after the incident.

thumbcrusher
March 27th 2013

3592 Comments


yeah true, and he says "Simply put, some of the effects and injuries were severe enough to prohibit further activity in Baroness." which quite obiviously puts it down to both types of things...

conesmoke
March 27th 2013

5205 Comments


very true. I'd slay you in a thumb war btw.

thumbcrusher
March 27th 2013

3592 Comments


you probably would i'm shit at them

conesmoke
March 27th 2013

5205 Comments


is that due to years of torture in thumbcrushing devices? because those things are brutal

thumbcrusher
March 27th 2013

3592 Comments


yeah it was the worst medieval experience holiday ever

AdolfChrist
March 27th 2013

1762 Comments


the bassist was nothing special but the drummer was pretty good, thats too bad. though if they keep going the way of yellow and green it wont really matter anyways.

conesmoke
March 27th 2013

5205 Comments


pretty sure they will, unless Baizley has acquired enough rage from this event to write another hard hitter... but i doubt it.

Emyay
March 27th 2013

5950 Comments


they never hit that hard to begin with. new direction is good

conesmoke
March 27th 2013

5205 Comments


Both of those statements are true. The old direction was also good.

SmokingTheClouds
March 27th 2013

639 Comments


There goes their DNB

ThePac
March 27th 2013

219 Comments


too late smoking....too late

SmokingTheClouds
March 27th 2013

639 Comments


Daaaaaaaaw. Drat.

Makemebad35
March 27th 2013

750 Comments


Damn, that shiz must of been scary as



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