Baroness – Red Album

I know about Baroness because they’re opening up for Clutch in August. That being said, I would have eventually found out about them at some point, as they seem to be included in the sort of “new wave of southern rock” that seems to be bubbling out of Georgia, featuring bands such as Mastodon and Kylesa.

Red Album is interesting; while it’s labeled “Sludge Metal” I don’t think that’s accurate. It’s certainly progressive at times, bearing more than a passing resemblance to Leviathan era Mastodon, with a touch of Sword thrown in. Still, they combine these genres without being derivative, and the result is an album that is full of an unexpected amount of dynamics, great riffs, and fantastic song writing.

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