Baroness
Blue Record


4.5
superb

Review

by bears USER (3 Reviews)
January 18th, 2012 | 7 replies | 1,376 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Human metal

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Its hard for me to say that I have loved metal. Growing up where I did and holding the friends I have Metal has never been a popular or common music in and around my life. But I have always had a tender spot in my heart for big riffs, crushing drums and an expression of ferocity and passion that only metal seems to be able to release. The crushing sonic outlet that never gives up.

So perhaps it’s this 12 track sludge fest that has really made me comfortable in the home of metal. Its heavy when it should be but knows how to rest when the heart needs it. The production is exceptionally clear allowing solos, riffs, acoustic passages and even bass to spring out without being swamped by metals uncompromising wall of distortion. Vocals are powerful but still human and coherent. Occasional acoustic tracks or slowed down interludes are used fittingly to connect the spaces between tracks keeping the whole record cohesive and tight and a pleasure to roll again and again.

But it’s the pervasive sense of groove that truly keeps me glued to baroness’s second full length. The riffs are huge slick and well backed by clearly audible bass(that rocks in its own path); hugely fuzzed guitar licks give and keep the country-rock backed sludge vibe alive and present. The drummer is a monster and at many points pounds out almost a almost dancy feel(great work on the high-hat cap!), constantly active, pounding, fierce, but never overpowering, just complementing and rooting the bands melody. Everyone just does such a damn good job.

Its metal that grooves, thunders, but also takes time to be beautiful, even sleepy. It’s no shredfest, it’s just incredible music by musicians, music as music should be.


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bears
January 18th 2012



106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Been on sputnik for 6 or so years without using an account much till the last 2. Hope to start writing a bit more.

Know this has many reviews and similar ratings but its just really on my heart right now and thought this is a good place for me to start.
cheers!

SLAUGHTERDOZER
January 18th 2012



278 Comments


yea

Scrambled
January 18th 2012



391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yaaaaaaaaay

SugarFreeSquid
September 18th 2012



15 Comments


What I love about Baroness is that it all feels like a jam session. Nothing feels planned or engineered, instead it seems like the music comes straight from the heart. The only bad thing about this album is that "War Wisdom & Rhyme" is not a good song.

MeatSalad
September 18th 2012



14429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've never been big on swollen & halo either

Digging: Mr. Bungle - California

OceanMechanic
June 16th 2014



384 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Swollen & Halo is the best song on here wtf

MeatSalad
June 16th 2014



14429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no



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