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Odal
June 12th 2019


418 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't think they merely let it happen, I think they actively pursued it. I could've sworn I read something on fb about how it was part of their vision, which confuses me. More Baroness albums are mixed poorly than not, so it's kind of to be expected at this point, sadly

Kompys2000
June 12th 2019


2711 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Fuck it I'm slapping a 4 on this, might rise to a 4.5 with a few more listens but we'll see. I'm actually not as bothered by the mixing as I thought I would be, it's definitely bad but (barring a few parts) not distractingly so.

Kompys2000
June 12th 2019


2711 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Also this is Baizely's best vocal performance to date by far (and I would argue he's been genuinely great since Yellow and Green) and Nick Jost absolutely kills it on most of the bass parts here.



Just some things I feel should be noted before this thread inevitably devolves into kvetching about the production

Odal
June 12th 2019


418 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Totaly agree. Baizley really improved his vocals and the rhythm section is the best it's ever been, with some really impressive lockstep moments. I also was really impressed with how much Gina adds to the formula

zaruyache
June 12th 2019


21001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

"Blue imho, is their pinnacle and boy does its production make my ears hurt.."



blue sounds great wat???

Digging: Imha Tarikat - Kara Ihlas

Kompys2000
June 12th 2019


2711 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

A little while ago in the Purple thread there were a handful of "Red is the only well-produced Baroness album" hot takes that made my eyes bleed

CosmicPie
June 12th 2019


1568 Comments


Glad to see the high rating already. Looking forward to playing this. Waiting for that mood.

zaruyache
June 12th 2019


21001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

i mean i've been listening to blue album for years and it's always sounded like standard modern metal with decent production to me

bloc
June 12th 2019


55836 Comments


Not really into these guys, but the single sounded pretty good. I didn't mind the loudness that much either

Digging: Paris - Sleeping with the Enemy

SoulFunction
June 12th 2019


313 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

3 tracks in, I don't think I can listen to this anymore. Whoever clipped this record to death needs to be shot at. I would've enjoyed the massive soaring hooks more if my ears weren't being attacked by those sharp flattened peaks every time the drums crashes in. Not worth a full listen unless you're using $10 earbuds and want to develop a tinnitus.

Beardog
June 13th 2019


2767 Comments


hyped


MeatSalad
June 13th 2019


17430 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Probably gonna listen to this album with the volume set at about half of what I normally would use for the sake of my ears



Also tbh they've had shitty production that sounds equal parts compressed and completely blown out since Blue, it's just gotten slightly worse on each album until the new low here.

CamiloG
June 13th 2019


2525 Comments


@Odal Great review! Though I agree with Pikazilla that it reads like a lower rating, even a 3.5/3

Odal
June 13th 2019


418 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@camiloG Thank you so much (: My rating might be a bit generous considering the contents of the review, but I just had to give it a positive tilt from how often I've been returning to this and how much fun I've been having with it. If the mix was even slightly better, I probably wouldn't have mentioned it

BigHans
June 13th 2019


29829 Comments


Having seen these guys live, I will say this. If they are anywhere near you, GO.

Henderson
June 13th 2019


95 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^+1, judging by their mixing choices as of late that's the best thing anyone could do to enjoy them. Their albums might sound like the most absolute crap, but their live mix and performances are usually top notch.

WretchedCacophony
June 13th 2019


1474 Comments


All these album covers look so cool. I want to like it for that reason alone. Guess I'll find out soon enough... though they most certainly are stylistically different than anything I listen to :I

Digging: Thy Darkened Shade - Liber Lvcifer I: Khem Sedjet

Odal
June 13th 2019


418 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Will also confirm, their live shows are great. Their recent tour with Deafheaven and Zeal and Ardor was one of the best concerts I've been to in a long time

CugnoBrasso
June 13th 2019


626 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Positive: The most experimental thing they've ever recorded, many well done quieter parts, John's voice at its best, good vocal harmonies, best bass lines to date.



Negative: it sounds like fucking ass.



Probably gonna be a 2.5. I'm being harsh, but this record is just irritating.

Kompys2000
June 13th 2019


2711 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Ooh they just put out a K! Pit performance, might just rip the audio and pretend the live recordings are the actual tracks.



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