Baroness
First


4.0
excellent

Review

by KYZAR USER (9 Reviews)
May 6th, 2009 | 15 replies | 9,187 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rolling plains, the bright sky, and then back down again to the murky depths of the ocean.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Baroness, hailing from Atlanta Georgia are probably best known for their fantastic full length debut, Red Album. I loved red album and after becoming a sputniker I decided to look for anything else they had made and I found not one, but two EP's I hadn't even heard of. After extensively listening to both I realized that the Red album pales in comparison.

It seems that so much creativity is jammed into this one short EP that it just explodes though every band-mate whether it be the guitar, vocals, bass or drums. The guitars on this album are much more imaginative and technical than on Red Album. Throughout the EP the guitars shifts from one riff to another, never becoming repetitive or boring. This is especially present on Tower Fall, which may be Baroness' best song. Ever. Not hard to do because the have only done one record and two EP's but still, it really is amazing. The bass on this album is just how every bass should be, imaginative, prevalent, but never over-powering, and creates a great foundation of sound for the rest of the instruments to build off of.

The vocals on first are noticeably stronger than on Red album simply because of the delivery. On Red album the vocals are stuck between a growl and a yell, which was also delivered incredibly raspy and dry and became somewhat grating over time. On First the vocals are more in growl/ scream territory and are delivered much stronger, and quite a bit less raspy, which is clearly the better vocal style for this band as it sounds great and better goes with the music

The drummer is a mix between every post-metal band drummer, and Mastodon's Brian Daillor. This basically means that the drummer has plenty of good drum fills, but keeps the mood with selective and conservative drumming, and never becomes overly fast or loud. This is ideal for a band like Baroness who successfully mix post metal, sludge, and traditional heavy metal, and need drumming like this.

Overall the instruments come together to create a moving and passionate EP. The instrumentation is top notch along with the song writing, and it's only fault is that it's too short, being three songs and a mere seventeen minutes. Baroness make these songs really memorable through their use of imagery, especially on the last song Rise, not only is this great to listen to it also describes the album perfectly. Rolling plains, the bright sky, and then back down again to the murky depths of the ocean.



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KYZAR
May 6th 2009



513 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Short review but hey its a short EP

Phantom
May 6th 2009



8930 Comments


Paragraphs need spacing. Then I'll read it.


Edit: and so it was done.



This Message Edited On 05.06.09

lostforwords
May 6th 2009



445 Comments


This EP is awesome!!Much more sludgy than Red Album, although I prefer the later. This must be the closest someone got to Remission!!Baroness rules!!
Oh and nice review!

KYZAR
May 6th 2009



513 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^ Thanks. And yea this is close to early mastodon, but more post metal.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
May 6th 2009



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yaa baroness rule

scyther
May 6th 2009



1606 Comments


How come people hate reading long paragraphs? I knew people from school who used to treat it like the end of the damn world.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2009



8321 Comments


nice review, your best so far, Pos!

I will check this out sometime but definitely not anytime soon

KYZAR
May 7th 2009



513 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i almost wish that this was my first review because it would be first review.
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Casper1581
June 14th 2009



11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Tower Falls is such a great song!

HenchmanOfSanta
December 23rd 2009



1856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is better than both LPs (and I love the LPs). Tower Falls rules.

TRMshadow
February 17th 2010



4982 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is way better than either Red or Blue.

MeatSalad
June 28th 2012



14394 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Tower falls probably has the best riffs this band has ever written

Digging: Mr. Bungle - California

MeatSalad
June 28th 2012



14394 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah Isak's riffs kick ass too

stiff competition

ProfessorVeerappan
March 23rd 2013



790 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

a crazy album
a good review
...

Snooze00
December 8th 2013



234 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like this review, its how i like a review. Love this EP



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