Baroness
Red Album


4.5
superb

Review

by fruteefly USER (2 Reviews)
October 2nd, 2008 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist


While not the most terribly conceptual album (but in a way, it really is) ,what our friends Baroness here have been able to do is mix potpourri and metal into an album and have it liquidize itself out into something that flows majestically, that floats magnanimously, creating a carrying ambience in tracks such as "Isak", "Rays On Pinion
, "Teeth of a Cogwheel", "Aleph"...awww heck, all of them. Sludge beauty.

The drumming is a picturesque seaborne tempest, winding, enthralling, and thick. Fills never seem out of place and enhance the whirlwind landscape of the tracklist exponentially. as they are heavy in theory, messianic in execution.

When sought after the bass is eloquent. The bad part is that it must be sought after. While holding it's own on certain tracks such as "Isak", as it is a keystone in the production of the haze perpetuated, it consistently takes a backseat rather than accompaniment to the blazing reciprocity of the dual lead guitars.

Both guitars speak the mind of momentary and prolonging mood, neither overpowering or underpowering to the other, accenting and uplifting each other and the listener in both technical prowess and melodical mestery. Repition is the key to success in the Red Album as far as the melodical effect goes. Baroness finds some of most beautiful of all riffs in the stellar galaxy and strands them upon the belt of besting in the song "Wanderlust" (their first single and only so far) and plays them so that you will never forget, and in a way something fierce, slowly building upon themselves into an emotional swell that tips us all overboard drowning us in the waves of euphony, not only in "Wanderlust," but in other greats Such as "Rays on Pinion," "The Birthing," and several more. Oh The rapture induced.

Now, Baroness is no Radiohead. Insidpid yelping into a microphone holds no place on this vocalists platter. Holler. Yell it out. Tell the troops to take hike as they trek their way back from the forefront of battle seeking refuge could adequately describe the looming haze of mood throughout the almost instrumental album invoked by the roar of the beastly vocals. While they are NEVER out of place when used, vocal actions are far and few between. The band inhibits it's use of it's vocals throughout, by only occasionally produciung a proper situation for them when they hold so much emotion and positive tension that could surely be put to good use. Lyrically i find this to be a fascinating album. Fresh and rather enthralling when dually applied.

Bottom Line: Multilayered, sweltering and yet refreshing, The Red Album is worth everyones time. If only for a brief invstigation or seeking a full on experience, Barnoess puts out.

Baroness - RED ALBUM - 9.0/10


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Paralized (4)
Baroness show with their first record that they very well know how to rock - and mix things up a bit...

DerMond (4)
what the rednecks in 'Deliverence' would sound like with guitars- really really good!...

gasmaskman (4.5)
Take old Mastodon, and mix it with some Isis. Though it is deeper than that....


Comments:Add a Comment 
morrissey
Moderator
October 2nd 2008


1688 Comments


You could benefit from some paragraphs. This reads like a stream of conscience piece, and frankly
it's all over the place, but I assume that's your intent so run with it I guess.This Message Edited On 10.01.08

fruteefly
October 2nd 2008


24 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah, copied from blog format.
some simple paragraphing would do the trick.

Thor
October 2nd 2008


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

ew summary

InsertTacosHere
October 2nd 2008


153 Comments


It kind of frustrates me that I can't hear something about Baroness without it including a comparison to Mastodon. I think Baroness are far more interesting because they don't bludgeon you with the complexity of their music, they just let it happen.

natey
October 2nd 2008


4170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you should put quotes around all the tracks you cite

poweroftheweez
October 2nd 2008


1290 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I agree with tacos. All too often, these bands are clumped together, and as a result they lose their own identity. I prefer Mastodon, but in their own game, Baroness has it goin' on. Review could use some touch ups.

EndlessClockwork
October 2nd 2008


53 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^^ Second that.

beans
October 2nd 2008


2332 Comments


nice sound off

gasmaskman
October 2nd 2008


1006 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You can clearly hear the similarities, but they are quite different.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
October 2nd 2008


17944 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fucking BURLY

P13
October 2nd 2008


1327 Comments


Thats a big paragraph you got there

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
October 2nd 2008


3777 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is so sick, it's like groove metal or something.

Wizard
October 2nd 2008


19612 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It kind of frustrates me that I can't hear something about Baroness without it including a comparison to Mastodon. I think Baroness are far more interesting because they don't bludgeon you with the complexity of their music, they just let it happen.

Very nice!

Review is one lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnngggggggggggggggggggggg paragraph.


Digging: Hans Zimmer - Interstellar

fruteefly
October 2nd 2008


24 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

cleaned it up a little bit, will do some more, and song by song to come.

fruteefly
October 9th 2008


24 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

damnit, this thing is so naive is embarassing.
i need to re do it for sure.

McP3000
October 9th 2008


3941 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Albums good, but too repetitive for a 4.5

idk though, i probably just havent given it enough listens

Wizard
October 9th 2008


19612 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Repeditive? No! Needs more listens.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 9th 2008


17225 Comments


Seeing Baroness live ruined this for me.

Wizard
October 9th 2008


19612 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

They were that bad? How did they get signed to Relapse Records considering most of their bands are tight?

Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 9th 2008


17225 Comments


They were just so incredibly boring. The first time I saw them I figured it was because they were having an off day. The second time was just as bad and seemed to drone on forever.



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