Big heavy hard-rock rifftastic action from Baroness here: a whole 18 tracks, spread over 2 LPs. Yellow & Green has it all: arena dynamics, pseudo-mythical sleeve art, bellowed vocals and pyrotechnic guitars. This was the group’s third album, initially released in 2012 on Relapse and now reissued by the same label.
Vinyl Double LP £21.49 RR71901
2LP on Relapse.
- Includes download code
8/10 Tom 24th May 2018
Savanah, Georgia's sludge metal titans Baroness faced a bit of a backlash from their die-hard fans when they originally released their double album Yellow & Green back in 2012. More known for their progressive, sludge metal sound on the very well received Red Album (2007) and Blue Record (2009), Yellow & Green saw the band soften the edges, experimenting with cleaner guitar tones and a more accessible sound overall. What they lacked in sludge distortion they more than made up for with enchanting songs. They still had heavy riffs in the likes of "Take My Bones Away" but the addition of unusual chord progressions, arpeggiated riffs and layered harmonies on "Little Things", "Twinkler", "Cocainium" and "Eula" took Baroness to the next level and separated them from their contemporaries. Definitely worth checking out if you like melodic heavy rock.
9/10 gbar 4th March 2017
While the band will always be remembered for their sludge roots, the group does not do away with the sludge entirely. Songs like Take My Bones Away and Psalms Alive contain driving riffs that also have melody and great dynamic shifts. Hardcore and general riff loving fans will embrace the sludgy tracks. However, that is just a small portion of a very big and delicious prog metal cake. To conclude, longtime fans should embrace this album as just another progression in the sound of an already amazing group.
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