Purple Is Out December 18th Via Abraxan Hymns.
In 2012, just after the release of their wonderful Yellow & Green album, Baroness were involved in a bus crash near Bath in England. Nine people were injured and drummer Allen Blickle and bassist Matt Maggioni were forced to leave the band as a result. Despite this Baroness emerged a year later with a new bassist, Nick Jost, and drummer, Sebastien Thomson, and began to tour extensively.
Now, they’ve uncovered new track ‘Chlorine & Wine’, and announced that their fourth album Purple will be released on December 18th via their own label Abraxan Hymns. The track sees the quartet move further away from the sludge metal that they made their name with towards a hard rock approach. For a band like Baroness, genre seems to mean very little. ‘Chlorine & Wine’ touches on sludge metal, progressive metal, stoner rock, and heavy metal. You should just listen. It’s a truly triumphant return.
They’ve also revealed a quarter of the artwork for the album. One presumes the other three quarters will be revealed with subsequent track releases. As with their previous albums, the artwork was designed by singer/guitarist John Baizley. Baizley had this to say about the new album, “After releasing a lengthy and investigative record like Yellow & Green we all felt that we needed to make something much more direct and immediate. We wanted to write with our normal focus on artistry, balanced against an increased level of energy and focus. It was important for us to write our new songs with the type of enthusiasm and expressiveness that could act as a counterpoint to the album’s dark themes. As a result, the music came out in an intense, heavy and sonically captivating in a new way, which was important, loathe, as we are to fall into any kind of complacency pitfall or formulaic songwriting routine. Purple is the most fully realized representation of our intention as a band; considering the amount of physical and mental energy spent writing it, we have accomplished something which would have seemed impossible to us a couple of years ago.”
02 Shock Me
03 Try to Disappear
06 Chlorine & Wine
07 The Iron Bell
08 Desperation Burns
09 If I Have to Wake Up (Would You Stop the Rain)
10 Crossroads of Infinity
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