Baroness stream "Gold & Grey"

2019-06-10 by Toondude | 42 Comments
Baroness have officially started streaming their fifth studio album Gold & Grey on NPR's website. It is the band's first album since 2015's Purple and is also the band's first album with Gina Gleason, their first (and currently only) female member. It is also the band's last chromatically-themed album.

Stream here: http://www.npr.org/2019/06/10/729219388/first-listen-baroness-gold-grey

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Matthias812
June 10th 2019
112 Comments


The mix really isn't bothering me as much as I expected. Really enjoyed the album.

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DungeonBoy
June 10th 2019
7756 Comments


I honestly kind of hate the way it's mixed/mastered, but I suppose it's a matter of preference

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Tyler.
June 10th 2019
17969 Comments


one day theyre gonna run out of colors

Relinquished
June 10th 2019
44594 Comments


they still have their black album left

DungeonBoy
June 10th 2019
7756 Comments


they said this would be the end of the color albums

Relinquished
June 10th 2019
44594 Comments


so

their Third ep is next

Rik VII
June 10th 2019
4124 Comments


Next album Sword & Shield?

Kompys2000
June 10th 2019
3995 Comments


Fuck it I'm still hyped, might not be able to listen until tomorrow night tho

Eons
June 10th 2019
2643 Comments


Next album will be the ''Clear'' album.

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Tyler.
June 10th 2019
17969 Comments


Is this band good or should I not bother

Relinquished
June 10th 2019
44594 Comments


check out Red at least I guess

Tw1ster
June 10th 2019
179 Comments


Album is fantastic, mixing is shit as mentioned by everyone else but the music itself
Is awesome

robotmagician
June 10th 2019
1248 Comments


jesus there are songs that have production that sounds even worse than the singles. what the fuck?

Panzerchrist
June 10th 2019
476 Comments


The mix gets me really exhausted after like two songs and I ended up having to stop it and come back to it later. I appreciate a band experimenting with production, and sticking to their guns on artistic decisions in general, but I do think this needs work regardless. It needs to at least be consistently listenable.

bloc
June 11th 2019
60997 Comments


At this point, I'm only clicking to see tits on the album cover

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Kompys2000
June 11th 2019
3995 Comments


The spacier mellow bits sound just fine, but whenever they try to really rock out the mix just gets so muddy and blown-out :/

chilledpunkrock
June 11th 2019
60 Comments


The first track on here genuinely hurts to listen to because of how boomy it is but it's pretty much fine after that. It would still definitely benefit from the mixing that Yellow & Green had (I maintain that album's heavier moments sound absolutely flawless and should be a standard for artists in this style), but it's not as bad as I thought it would be.

Not really blowing my mind the way Purple did on first listen, but it's definitely good. The vocal harmonies on here are crazy.

Kompys2000
June 11th 2019
3995 Comments


"I maintain that album's heavier moments sound absolutely flawless and should be a standard for artists in this style"

Finally someone with taste on this god damn site

Demon of the Fall
June 11th 2019
16172 Comments


'Next album Sword & Shield?' Nice.

I haven't checked anything after Blue, I'm working on the premise that the first two 'generations' are the best because that's how this works, right?

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Pikazilla
June 11th 2019
10982 Comments


why the hell is this band labelled as progressive on here? They are great, yes, but I genuinely think that tag is misplaced

Demon of the Fall
June 11th 2019
16172 Comments


Which version of this album has the better exclusives?

DungeonBoy
June 11th 2019
7756 Comments


"The mix gets me really exhausted after like two songs and I ended up having to stop it and come back to it later. I appreciate a band experimenting with production, and sticking to their guns on artistic decisions in general, but I do think this needs work regardless. It needs to at least be consistently listenable."

Well said. This is my issue with it, it's not like a "oh I don't like that snare, or the kick drum is too flubby" kinda subjective issue. Listening to this kind of production is just exhausting.

DoctorSpaghetti0
June 11th 2019
24 Comments


I love Already Gone

Malcontent
June 11th 2019
94 Comments


Shame about some of the mixing, because this is some of their best work imo. Tourniquet is gorgeous, Pale Sun reminds me of Ulver's latest in a good way, and the quieter songs are all rad.

CugnoBrasso
June 11th 2019
982 Comments


The quieter songs are surprisingly the best part, easily their most experimental work to date. Production is fucking ass though, I refuse to give this anything more than a 3.

tigersbrokefree
June 11th 2019
275 Comments


The black album will just be constant fuzz. You won't be able to hear anything but fuzz.

bananatossing
June 11th 2019
1238 Comments


we got the joke

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
June 12th 2019
18772 Comments


is it better than green & grey?

bananatossing
June 12th 2019
1238 Comments


hahahahaha

bananatossing
June 12th 2019
1238 Comments


@neekafat you mean yellow and green? or is that an inside joke i don't get?
if so then yes. it's even better than purple but the production destroys any enjoyment from it.

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
June 12th 2019
18772 Comments


Nah Pile just put out an album called "Green and Gray" and yknow idk
Never heard of this band before tbh hahaha, they look cool though!

Kompys2000
June 12th 2019
3995 Comments


You assholes will never appreciate Yellow & Green the way it deserves to be

bananatossing
June 12th 2019
1238 Comments


oh, had no idea haha
i'd recommend the red album or the blue record if you want to try them. their first and second eps are also great but they are more sludge metal instead of the prog metal/rock they developed later on.

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
June 12th 2019
18772 Comments


Okay for sure! the prog stuff is probably a better stepping stone for my taste, does this lean more in that way?

Kompys2000
June 12th 2019
3995 Comments


This isn't really metal or prog, kinda more psychedelic rock with some metal influence sprinkled throughout

bananatossing
June 12th 2019
1238 Comments


yes it does. the singles "seasons" and "borderlines" are clear standouts but i really liked the quieter moments like the second song, the closer and a few others i can't recall the names.

edit: "This isn't really metal or prog, kinda more psychedelic rock with some metal influence sprinkled throughout"

this is true, though. they've been abandoning the prog metal since the blue record.

Pikazilla
June 12th 2019
10982 Comments


For fuck's sake, this sounds like their best since Blue, but the fucking production kills it. Jesus christ.

Kompys2000
June 12th 2019
3995 Comments


If they're going to keep working with Fridmann they should just go full-out on the mellow psych-rock and ditch the loud riffy metal/rock stuff because it's apparent he is incapable of competently producing the latter kind of music.

Pikazilla
June 12th 2019
10982 Comments


But that's what makes them so good imo - the combination of metal riffing and psych rock, no?

bananatossing
June 12th 2019
1238 Comments


yeah i don't know if they can pull it off. they tried to ditch the metal influence with yellow and green and it wasn't as successful as blue record or purple. what they need to do is move on to another producer. it's very irritating that some of their best material sounds this way.

DoctorSpaghetti0
June 13th 2019
24 Comments


Anyone remember when Letlive. released "Blackest Beautiful" and it was a supremely dissapointing follow up? This isn't quite that. However, the production on Gold and Grey is definitely intentional, and questionable. If I had a 1967 Mustang, I wouldn't cover it in doublesided tape and bellybutton lint.

Henderson
June 13th 2019
117 Comments


@Pikazilla: 100% agree, musically this is their best since Blue. It's a shame that just like with Purple the production drags it down to the ground. Honestly I can't listen to more than a few songs in a row, even if I like them.



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