Baroness - Gold & Gray (2019)

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New album out...soon.

First song is really good. They haven't changed their style that much since the last album, but new guitarist Gina Gleason's vocal harmonies are a very welcome addition.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQX_oVVORFU

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 14 March 2019 13:04 (six months ago) link

Release date: 6/14.
Cover art:

http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/baronessgoldgreycd.jpg

Track listing:

1. Front Toward Enemy
2. I’m Already Gone
3. Seasons
4. Sevens
5. Tourniquet
6. Anchor’s Lament
7. Throw Me an Anchor
8. I’d Do Anything
9. Blankets of Ash
10. Emmet – Radiating Light
11. Cold-Blooded Angels
12. Crooked Mile
13. Broken Halo
14. Can Oscura
15. Borderlines
16. Assault on East Falls
17. Pale Sun

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 14 March 2019 13:14 (six months ago) link

Baizley's covers are ridiculous in the best way.

Good song, reminds me more of the first two albums than the last two.

Simon H., Thursday, 14 March 2019 13:16 (six months ago) link

About time we had something new from this lot!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 14 March 2019 13:32 (six months ago) link

art is magnificent

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Thursday, 14 March 2019 13:35 (six months ago) link

new song is great, a lot more space in it than anything on purple

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Thursday, 14 March 2019 13:38 (six months ago) link

if i had to guess i think it implies this record will be pretty proggy

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Thursday, 14 March 2019 13:39 (six months ago) link

17 tracks and the first one that's been released is six minutes long...either a lot of these are short intros and interludes or this thing might be another double CD.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 14 March 2019 13:40 (six months ago) link

I'm assuming it's a single disc, though, because it's only $13.99 to preorder.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 14 March 2019 13:40 (six months ago) link

My guess is a single CD, with the first half of the tracklisting being Gold and the second half being Gray.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 14 March 2019 13:42 (six months ago) link

Acc to iTunes it's an hour long. Six segue length tunes.

Simon H., Thursday, 14 March 2019 13:45 (six months ago) link

I suspected based on the fuzz that this was another Fridmann production, and apparently that's confirmed.

Simon H., Thursday, 14 March 2019 15:29 (six months ago) link

Fridmann's one of those guys where I merely tolerate his productions rather than like them - this includes Flaming Lips records, btw. The production was quite probably my least favourite thing about the last one.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 14 March 2019 17:04 (six months ago) link

I sense a Hawkwind vibe which is fine by me.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Thursday, 14 March 2019 17:10 (six months ago) link

oh man, looking forward to this.

macropuente (map), Thursday, 14 March 2019 17:39 (six months ago) link

Oooh Baroness could stand to get a bit more Hawkwind xp

days of rags and noses (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 15 March 2019 11:07 (six months ago) link

They’re playing with Deafheaven a few blocks from my place in an hour, and it sold out before I heard about the show.

beard papa, Sunday, 17 March 2019 01:51 (six months ago) link

i am really surprised by how much i like this, i wouldnt have expected this to be my thing at all but it manages to hit the sweet spot of 'heavy music without any of the usual things i dislike'. guess i'll have to check out their previous albums

ufo, Sunday, 17 March 2019 05:34 (six months ago) link

Gorgeous cover. I thought the song was rather rote, but only listened once on my laptop speakers.

chap, Monday, 18 March 2019 16:51 (six months ago) link

Going to see them in a couple weeks. Wasn’t a big fan of the last couple albums but super stoked to see them live.

Una Palooka Dronka (hardcore dilettante), Monday, 18 March 2019 18:16 (six months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Another new song. I've already pre-ordered the album.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3n8RBaUMpc

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 10 April 2019 16:10 (five months ago) link

glad to hear Sebastian still has absolutely no chill

Simon H., Wednesday, 10 April 2019 16:17 (five months ago) link

I am interviewing them tonight outside of DC so I have listened to the album quite a bit the last few days.

Observations: Overall more direct and less proggy even if the first two songs released are probably the most "progressive rock" sounding songs on the album. A handful of ballads that are quite intimate and sparse. A bunch of short interludes and instrumentals contribute to solid album pacing - you get the feeling that was something they made a priority. I hear a bit of a New Wave/Post-Punk vibe especially with regard to rhythms (and Nick's bass is really prominent and interesting throughout the disc.

I like it overall and it has grown on me with each listen. Will be interesting to see how much new stuff they do. Aside from seeing them tonight they're also playing the Decibel Beer 7 metal Fest this weekend that I will be attending.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Wednesday, 10 April 2019 16:31 (five months ago) link

sounds good to me. any vocal contributions from Gina?

Simon H., Wednesday, 10 April 2019 16:36 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

"Front Towards Enemy" is on the new, and streamable, Adult Swim metal comp

https://www.adultswim.com/music/metal-swim-2/

Simon H., Saturday, 4 May 2019 03:22 (four months ago) link

and another one, 'Throw Me an Anchor," mix sounds a little squashed to me but some nice flourishes here and there

https://youtu.be/KcWFiTJ23Vo

Simon H., Wednesday, 15 May 2019 18:17 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...

...and the whole shebang is streaming at NPR

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

Simon H., Monday, 10 June 2019 14:47 (three months ago) link

well the first track is awesome

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 10 June 2019 15:01 (three months ago) link

these interludes are very This Mortal Coil so far!

Simon H., Monday, 10 June 2019 15:07 (three months ago) link

streaming compression does this record no favors but i love it so much so far

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 10 June 2019 15:10 (three months ago) link

these interludes are very This Mortal Coil so far!

― Simon H., Monday, June 10, 2019 8:07 AM (twelve minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

wow they're all sick as hell

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 10 June 2019 15:20 (three months ago) link

i never get to say "the songs on this record are wonderful but man, the interludes!"

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 10 June 2019 15:21 (three months ago) link

this dreamy middle section just goes and goes!

Simon H., Monday, 10 June 2019 15:22 (three months ago) link

I really love this band but the production is so terrible it holds me at arm's length

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 10 June 2019 15:34 (three months ago) link

anyone own any of these on vinyl? curious how those pressings sound

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 10 June 2019 15:34 (three months ago) link

I have Purple on LP and I like how it sounds, but I'm far from an audiophile so maybe not the best reference point?

Simon H., Monday, 10 June 2019 15:35 (three months ago) link

it's not really audiophile issues to me it's just this thin, compressed flat aspect that bums me out on a lot of commercial modern hard rock stuff

sometimes the vinyl is better because it's mastered differently and you can't push the format as hard

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 10 June 2019 16:15 (three months ago) link

I liked my first playthrough of this but I'd really like to see them synthesize their experimental/prog and rawk tendencies more on the next one, rather than keeping them mostly shunted over to the interludes and such

Simon H., Monday, 10 June 2019 16:24 (three months ago) link

That's all well and good but if they can manage to write a hit while tying together those aspects of the band with some accessibility, I'm all for it.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Monday, 10 June 2019 16:55 (three months ago) link

that's sort of what I was trying to say!

Simon H., Monday, 10 June 2019 17:00 (three months ago) link

Where are you guys listening to this?

Mule, Monday, 10 June 2019 17:09 (three months ago) link

NPR link a lil upthread

Simon H., Monday, 10 June 2019 17:10 (three months ago) link

Ah, thanks!

Mule, Monday, 10 June 2019 17:28 (three months ago) link

Jesus, don’t know how I missed that

Mule, Monday, 10 June 2019 17:28 (three months ago) link

Half of this album sounds like Baizley singing while playing the instrumental tracks back through a flip phone. I like it, but holy shit is it blown-out sounding.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 22:29 (three months ago) link

I fell in love with Blue Record hard when it came out. Nothing since has really clicked until this. Similar to what Mastodon has been getting at in recent albums, they've hit a really fun balance of accessible hard rock and proggy elements. I think I love it. "Tourniquet" is one of my favorite tracks they've ever put out. The production is blown out sounding but it's consistent so didn't really bother me.

gman59, Thursday, 13 June 2019 18:45 (three months ago) link

The love for Blue Record has always confused me. I always think of it as a noticeable step down from Red (and I listened to it on Tuesday, so it's not like these are foggy memories). As of today, I'd rank 'em like this:

Red > Yellow & Green > Gold & Grey > Purple > Blue >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> First & Second

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Thursday, 13 June 2019 18:51 (three months ago) link

i cannot remember everything on blue but "jake leg" is a dope song

american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, 13 June 2019 19:00 (three months ago) link

Wow. That's shocking to me. i definitely need to go back and give Red another play. Blue was where I heard about them and to this day I love it start to finish. Got me into that whole scene at the time too of Kylesa, Black Tusk etc. I do think my interest was fading pretty hard by the time Purple came out but this has definitely been clicking. Loving the addition of Gina Gleason too. The guitar interplay on this thing is great.
Blue>Gold & Grey>Red>Yellow & Green>Purple

gman59, Thursday, 13 June 2019 19:04 (three months ago) link

I loved Purple but hated the production on that the same way it sounds like I'm going to hate the production on this one. I'd love to hear Purple engineered by Steve Albini or someone influenced by him.

beard papa, Thursday, 13 June 2019 19:45 (three months ago) link

“I’m already gone” sounds like a country song

calstars, Saturday, 15 June 2019 03:10 (three months ago) link

this is already sounding better/more assured on repeat listens. "Tourniquet" is massive, sort of a vintage Pumpkins vibe.

Simon H., Saturday, 15 June 2019 05:16 (three months ago) link

also I just noticed that it's being released on LP with an etched side, which is wonderful because despite the title it's clearly delineated in thirds

Simon H., Saturday, 15 June 2019 05:38 (three months ago) link

i gotta spend more time with the new one but i think my ranking of the records is reverse-chronological

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 15 June 2019 14:35 (three months ago) link

After only one listen, the bass playing really stood out to me. The production didn’t actually bother me that much.

beard papa, Saturday, 15 June 2019 14:46 (three months ago) link

Yeah, I've listened to the album about four times now and the production actually serves the music really well. It's only blown out to, like, Guitar Wolf levels on one or two tracks, and the shifts in sound really complement the music, which is also the most wide-ranging they've ever made. It's really, really good.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Saturday, 15 June 2019 15:31 (three months ago) link

LP just arrived

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Saturday, 15 June 2019 16:00 (three months ago) link

I interviewed John and Seb for Invisible Oranges and the bulk of the conversation was about the new album so maybe some in the thread might get something out of it.

http://www.invisibleoranges.com/baroness-interview-2019

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Saturday, 15 June 2019 17:40 (three months ago) link

great interview, loved the insights into the bass playing on the various records

Simon H., Saturday, 15 June 2019 20:20 (three months ago) link

Well, the interludes are quite good. I'm not sold on the songs themselves, which come off as underpowered, but that may change once I listen to it again.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 26 June 2019 10:36 (two months ago) link

There was some stuff on this album that really took me by surprise, and other stuff that was cheesy as all get out. It was all pretty cool, though, and the bass playing is awesome.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 26 June 2019 11:40 (two months ago) link

I really love "Pale Sun," what a cool closer

Simon H., Wednesday, 26 June 2019 14:13 (two months ago) link

Occasional ILM poster Kim Kelly's Pitchfork review does a good job of pointing out the many positive things about the album.

http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/baroness-gold-and-grey/

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Wednesday, 26 June 2019 14:54 (two months ago) link

2015’s Grammy-nominated Purple presented a band who had quite literally been through hell

I liked the review, but wish this line dropped "quite literally."

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 26 June 2019 15:03 (two months ago) link

Heathen.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 26 June 2019 15:05 (two months ago) link

I was literally just thinking that

calstars, Wednesday, 26 June 2019 15:31 (two months ago) link

I love this record, unreservedly. It helps that a) I braced myself for much worse production, and b) I've been going through some real life shit that helps me relate to some of the lyrics way more than I'd like to right now.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 26 June 2019 15:52 (two months ago) link

what editor would let that "quite literally" thing publish?

alpine static, Thursday, 27 June 2019 00:47 (two months ago) link

Right? Fucking puzzling

calstars, Thursday, 27 June 2019 00:47 (two months ago) link

You think Pitchfork editors would even understand why that’s bad until the third time you explained it to them?

It’s not a very well written review in general. KK’s heart is in her political writing/reporting now (and good for her; she’s sharp as hell and I’d rather read her on labor issues than metal any day).

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Thursday, 27 June 2019 02:17 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

this record took a while to reach me bc there are so many ideas per song but "throw me an anchor" is so fucking badass

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 11:43 (one week ago) link

I liked my first playthrough of this but I'd really like to see them synthesize their experimental/prog and rawk tendencies more on the next one, rather than keeping them mostly shunted over to the interludes and such

― Simon H., Monday, June 10, 2019 9:24 AM (three months ago) bookmarkflaglink

this is otm, and maybe why i don't like this quite as much as purple but still think it rules. it feels like it's still forming. which is totally fine, it's awesome to hear the forming

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 11:44 (one week ago) link

It might help if Baizley kept the same dang lineup for another cycle.

Simon H., Tuesday, 10 September 2019 14:18 (one week ago) link


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