ARTISTdirect.com Rock Band of the Year: Baroness
Fri, 21 Dec 2012 08:58:28
Now, it's not like Baroness came out of nowhere this year and just made a landmark record in Yellow & Green.
2007's Red Album and its 2009 follow-up Blue Record were mind-bending genre-shakers as well that turned a lot of heads both underground and above. The band's deft articulation of sludge-within-song consistently proved refreshing alongside the myriad of modern heavy bands constantly riding down the proverbial pike with too much distortion and gurgling vocals. However, Yellow & Green simply changed the game not only for Baroness but everyone to follow.
Somehow, tempering potent psychedelic melodies with guttural guitars and, at times, pummeling rhythms, Yellow & Green might be likened to what would happen if The Beatles, Neurosis, and High on Fire did an album together. It's more than that though.
Baroness have come into their own as a songwriting powerhouse that defies comparisons and categorizations. The two discs comprising Yellow & Green flutter from heavy riff exorcisms such as "Take My Bones Away" to buzzing melancholic ruminations "Twinkler". "Cocainium" glimmers with shards of '70s haze, while "Back Where I Belong" stands out as forlorn pondering on going home shifting time signatures and tones lithely.
The paranoia of "Board Up the House" shudders intensely on a cinematic level. "The Line Between" staggers with overdrive and lines like, "Walk the line between the righteous and the wicked and tomorrow I'll be gone".
Thankfully, Baroness aren't going anywhere. Even after surviving a horrific bus accident in the UK, they're persevering and powering forward, posting acoustic videos and pictures in the hospital. Yellow & Green topped countless year-end list and hit #30 on Billboard's Top 200 Chart, moving 12,000 copies in its first week—a testament to the band's prowess.
The main reason we've chosen Baroness as our rock band of the year is they epitomize the spirit of the greats like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, while remaining wholly unique. It's something we need more of. Baroness are everything that a rock band should be—and more.
They've earned it.
What's your favorite Baroness song?