Baroness (band)

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Baroness
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Baroness performing at Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, Canada
Background information
Origin Savannah, Georgia, United States
Genres
Years active2003–present
Labels
  • Relapse
  • Hyperrealist
  • At a Loss Recordings
  • Abraxan Hymns
Associated acts
Website yourbaroness.com
Members
Past members
  • Peter Adams
  • Allen Blickle
  • Summer Welch
  • Tim Loose
  • Brian Blickle
  • Matt Maggioni

Baroness is an American heavy metal band from Savannah, Georgia whose original members grew up together in Lexington, Virginia. [6]

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Savannah, Georgia City in Georgia, United States

Savannah is the oldest city in the U.S. state of Georgia and is the county seat of Chatham County. Established in 1733 on the Savannah River, the city of Savannah became the British colonial capital of the Province of Georgia and later the first state capital of Georgia. A strategic port city in the American Revolution and during the American Civil War, Savannah is today an industrial center and an important Atlantic seaport. It is Georgia's fifth-largest city, with a 2018 estimated population of 145,862. The Savannah metropolitan area, Georgia's third-largest, had an estimated population of 389,494 in 2018.

Lexington, Virginia Independent city in Virginia, United States

Lexington is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. At the 2010 census, the population was 7,042. It is the county seat of Rockbridge County, although the two are separate jurisdictions. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Lexington with Rockbridge County for statistical purposes. Lexington is about 57 miles (92 km) east of the West Virginia border and is about 50 miles (80 km) north of Roanoke, Virginia. It was first settled in 1777.

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History

Formative years (2003–2007)

Baroness formed in mid-2003, [6] founded by former members of the punk/metal band Johnny Welfare and the Paychecks. [7] Singer John Dyer Baizley creates the artwork for all Baroness albums, and has done artwork for other bands. [8]

Punk rock is a rock music genre that emerged in the mid-1970s in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Rooted in 1960s garage rock and other forms of what is now known as "proto-punk" music, punk rock bands rejected perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock. They typically produced short, fast-paced songs with hard-edged melodies and singing styles, stripped-down instrumentation, and often political, anti-establishment lyrics. Punk embraces a DIY ethic; many bands self-produce recordings and distribute them through independent record labels.

From 2004 to 2007, Baroness recorded and released three EPs, named First , Second and A Grey Sigh in a Flower Husk (aka Third), with the third one being a split album with Unpersons.

Extended play musical recording longer than a single, but shorter than a full album

An extended play record, often referred to as an EP, is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single, but is usually unqualified as an album or LP. Contemporary EPs generally contain a minimum of three tracks and maximum of six tracks, and are considered "less expensive and time-consuming" for an artist to produce than an album. An EP originally referred to specific types of vinyl records other than 78 rpm standard play (SP) and LP, but it is now applied to mid-length CDs and downloads as well.

<i>A Grey Sigh in a Flower Husk</i> 2007 studio album (LP) by Baroness and Unpersons

A Grey Sigh in a Flower Husk is a split LP by Baroness and Unpersons. The art work was done by Baroness singer John Baizley.

Red Album (2007–2009)

Baroness started recording their first full-length album in March 2007. Phillip Cope from Kylesa continued to produce Baroness on this album. The Red Album was released on September 4, 2007. [9] and met positive reception. Heavy metal magazine Revolver named it Album of the Year. [10] [ page needed ] On December 1, 2007, Baroness performed at New York City's Bowery Ballroom. On September 20, 2008, the band announced via MySpace Brian Blickle would be parting ways with the band, while also introducing a new guitarist named Peter Adams, also of Virginia-based band Valkyrie.

<i>Red Album</i> (Baroness album) 2007 studio album by Baroness

Red Album is the debut studio album released by the progressive metal band Baroness.

<i>Revolver</i> (magazine) bi-monthly rock and heavy metal magazine

Revolver is a metal music and hard-rock magazine, publishing in North America. It has been in print for over 16 years, and is about both established acts and up-and-comers in heavy music. Revolver recently underwent a brand relaunch, including a redesigned print edition and website, intended to embody the art and culture of heavy music.

Throughout 2007–9, Baroness toured and shared the stage with many bands including Converge, The Red Chord, High on Fire, Opeth, Coheed and Cambria, Coliseum, Mastodon, Minsk and Clutch.

Converge (band) American hardcore punk band

Converge is an American hardcore punk band formed by vocalist Jacob Bannon and guitarist Kurt Ballou in Salem, Massachusetts in 1990. During the recording of their seminal fourth album Jane Doe, the group became a four-piece with the departure of guitarist Aaron Dalbec and the addition of bassist Nate Newton and drummer Ben Koller. This lineup has remained intact since. They have released nine studio albums, three live albums, and numerous EPs. The band's sound is rooted in both hardcore punk and heavy metal, and they are considered pioneers of metalcore as well as its subgenre mathcore.

The Red Chord American deathgrind band

The Red Chord is an American metal band from Revere, Massachusetts, formed in 1999. The group comprises vocalist Guy Kozowyk, guitarist/vocalist Mike "Gunface" McKenzie, bassist Greg Weeks and drummer Michael Justian. The band gained a fanbase with its 2002 debut album Fused Together in Revolving Doors. The second album, Clients, was released in 2005 and sold over 50,000 copies in the U.S. They released their third album, Prey for Eyes in 2007, which sold between 4,000 and 5,000 copies and debuted at No. 198 on the Billboard 200 chart. Their latest album, 2009's Fed Through the Teeth Machine, debuted at No. 180 on the Billboard 200 chart.

High on Fire band

High on Fire is a Grammy Award winning American heavy metal band from Oakland, California, that was formed in 1998. Matt Pike, the band's frontman and founder, also plays guitar for the influential stoner metal band Sleep.

Blue Record (2009–2011)

On May 18, 2009 Baroness entered The Track Studio in Plano, Texas, to record their second full-length album, Blue Record , produced by John Congleton (The Roots, Explosions in the Sky, Black Mountain, The Polyphonic Spree). It was released via Relapse Records on October 13, 2009.

Plano, Texas City in Texas, United States

Plano is a city in the U.S. state of Texas, located approximately twenty miles north of downtown Dallas. The city of Plano is a part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. Plano lies mostly within Collin County, but includes a small portion that extends into Denton County.

<i>Blue Record</i> 2009 studio album by Baroness

Blue Record is the second studio album by the heavy metal band Baroness, released on 13 October 2009. It is considered the sister album to the previous album, Red Album. Blue Record debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, and was named Decibel's number 1 record of 2009. In 2013, Blue Record was named the 20th Greatest Metal Album in History by LA Weekly.

John Congleton American record producer and musician

John Congleton is a Grammy-winning American producer/engineer/mixer/writer.

In February and March 2010 Baroness played in the Australian Soundwave Festival, alongside bands such as Clutch, Isis, Meshuggah, Janes Addiction and Faith No More, [11] and toured Japan in March 2010 with Isis. [12]

Baroness have toured with many other prominent bands, such as supporting Mastodon on their US headlining tour in April–May 2010, Deftones for August–September 2010. In addition, Baroness was selected as one of two support acts (the other being Lamb of God) for Metallica on their tour of Australia and New Zealand in late 2010. [13]

Baroness also performed at Coachella and Bonnaroo in 2010. [14] [15]

Blue Record would later be named the 20th Greatest Metal Album in History by "LA Weekly" in 2013. [16]

Yellow & Green and bus crash near Bath, England (2011–2012)

On May 23, 2011, the band launched their official website. [17] The first content released on the new page gave hints to work on a new album being produced again by John Congleton. On May 14, 2012, the single "Take My Bones Away" from the new album was released over YouTube, along with an album teaser.

Baroness released Yellow & Green on July 17, 2012 through Relapse. [18]

John Baizley at Roadburn Festival 2017 Baroness @ Roadburn Festival 2017 06.jpg
John Baizley at Roadburn Festival 2017

On August 15, 2012, nine passengers were injured (two seriously) when the German-registered coach in which the band were traveling fell from a viaduct near Bath, England. Emergency services were called to Brassknocker Hill in Monkton Combe after the coach fell 30 ft (9m) from the viaduct. Avon Fire and Rescue Service said the incident happened at 11:30BST; due to heavy rain and reduced visibility it was not possible for the air ambulance to land. Emergency services said two people were transported to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol while seven others went to the Royal United Hospital (RUH) in Bath. [19] As a result of the crash, frontman John Baizley suffered a broken left arm and broken left leg. Allen Blickle and Matt Maggioni each suffered fractured vertebrae. Peter Adams was treated and released from the hospital on August 16, 2012. [20]

Recovery and line-up changes (2013–2014)

During the subsequent months of recovery, Baroness began scheduling tour dates once more. John Baizley performed an acoustic set and artwork exhibition on March 14, 15, and 16, 2013 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. [21] In addition, Baroness made plans to perform at festivals such as Chaos in Tejas, [22] Free Press Summer Festival, [23] and Heavy MTL in Montreal, Quebec. [24]

On March 25, 2013, through a statement posted on Baroness' official website, it was announced that both Allen Blickle (drums) and Matt Maggioni (bass guitar) had left Baroness. [25]

On April 1, 2013, the first leg of Baroness' 2013 US Headlining Tour was announced, featuring the debut of bass guitarist Nick Jost, and drummer Sebastian Thomson of Trans Am. [26]

On September 27, 2013 they started their European Tour in Tilburg, Netherlands.

Purple (2015–2017)

On August 28, 2015 towards the end of a two-week tour in Europe they released the song "Chlorine & Wine" and announced that their new album Purple would be released December 18, 2015 on their own newly formed label Abraxan Hymns. [27]

Purple was recorded with Dave Fridmann at Tarbox Road Studios in Cassadaga, New York. [28]

On September 24, 2015, Baroness released the official music video for "Chlorine & Wine" and announced a North American small venue tour for the fall of 2015. [29]

On November 15, 2015, the band released the first official single "Shock Me" from the forthcoming album Purple, which debuted on BBC Radio 1's Rock Show with Daniel P. Carter. [30]

Purple's track "Shock Me" was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

Gold & Grey (2017–present)

On April 26, 2017, in an interview in Teamrock, John Baizley stated that they've begun writing material for their fifth studio album. Baizley stated: "We’ve started writing a few tunes that we’re working on. The really cool thing now is that Sebastian and Nick have been in the band long enough that they understand what we do." [31]

On June 1, 2017, it was announced that Peter Adams was amicably leaving the band to focus his energy at home, and not on the road. Gina Gleason was announced as his replacement.

On March 9, 2019, the band began teasing the release of a new album, entitled Gold & Grey . Three days later on March 12, they released the album art on their social media accounts stating, "This painting was born from a deeply personal reflection on the past 12 years of this band’s history, and will stand as the 6th and final piece in our chromatically-themed records." [32]

Members

Timeline

Baroness (band)

Accolades

Grammy Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2017 "Shock Me" Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance Nominated

Discography

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The discography of Baroness, an American heavy metal band, consists of four studio albums, one live album, one compilation album, five extended plays (EPs), eight singles and eight music videos. Formed in Savannah, Georgia in 2003, the group was originally composed of vocalist and guitarist John Baizley, guitarist Tim Loose, bassist Summer Welch and drummer Allen Blickle. Signed with Hyperrealist Records, the band released their first two EPs in 2004 and 2005, simply titled First and Second. A Grey Sigh in a Flower Husk, featuring two tracks by Baroness and four by fellow Savannah-based band Unpersons, was released in July 2007. After Loose was replaced by Brian Blickle, the band released its debut full-length studio album Red Album through Relapse Records in September 2007.

<i>Gold & Grey</i> 2019 studio album by Baroness

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Our goal is, was, and will always be to write increasingly superior, more honest and compelling songs, and to develop a more unique and challenging sound. I'm sure we have just finished our best, most adventurous album to date. We dug incredibly deep, challenged ourselves and recorded a record I'm positive we could never again replicate. I consider myself incredibly fortunate to know Sebastian, Nick and Gina as both my bandmates and my friends. They have pushed me to become a better songwriter, musician and vocalist. We’re all extremely excited for this release, which includes quite a few 'firsts' for the band, and we're thrilled to be back on tour to play these psychotic songs for our fans. Expect some surprises.

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