Baroness – The Blue Record Nov 16, 2009

If you’re a fan of Floor (Torche’s precursor), older 90’s rock like Soundgarden and Helmet or older acts that are still kicking like Kylesa, then you’ll really enjoy BaronessBlue Record. Baroness isn’t just influenced by more modern acts, hell, there’s even some Sabbath and Zeppelin influence in there. This is an all around rock album, not easily classified by any other sub-genre. Just really good rock.

The Dirty South has many great bands floating around, particularly in Georgia. Zoroaster, aforementioned Kylesa and yes, Mastodon (whom I could care less about) have put GA on the map for progressive metal. Baroness’ steady ride to epic rockness has been escalating over the years. First with their EPs and splits, then with their Red Album and now with their Blue Record, the band has matured and learned how to craft a great rock album. Definitely pick it up.

While we’re on the subject, head over to the Mishka Bloglin to read My Pal the Crook’s review.

  • DonaldM

    Fuck yeah BARONESS!

  • prolly

    Tour PR info from Relapse…

    BARONESS is available for interviews / tour previews upon request. To speak with the band, simply contact Betsey Cichoracki at Relapse Records via any of the means listed at the bottom of this message. Updated BARONESS news and album information will be made available at the Relapse Records website: and the BARONESS MySpace page:

    BARONESS Tour Dates:

    Blue Record US Headlining Tour:

    ***All dates from Nov. 18 thru 28 w/ EARTHLESS, US CHRISTMAS***

    November 18 Washington, DC Rock and Roll Hotel (tickets here)

    November 19 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church (tickets here)

    November 20 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom (tickets here)

    November 21 Cambridge, MA Middle East (tickets here)

    November 22 Buffalo, NY The Traif (tickets here)

    November 24 Detroit, MI Magic Stick (tickets here)

    November 25 Chicago, IL Reggie’s Rock Club (w/ AN ALBATROSS, tickets here)

    November 27 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock (tickets here)

    November 28 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room (tickets here)

    November 29 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater (w/ EARTHLESS, GAZA, tickets here)

    November 30 Salt Lake City, UT Club Vegas (w/ EARTHLESS, GAZA, tickets here)

    ***All dates from Dec. 2 thru 5 w/ EARTHLESS, IRON AGE***

    December 2 San Francisco, CA Bottom Of The Hill (tickets here)

    December 3 Hollywood, CA Troubadour (tickets here)

    December 4 San Diego, CA The Casbah (tickets here)

    December 5 Tempe, AZ The Clubhouse (tickets here)

    ***All dates from Dec. 7 thru 10 w/ IRON AGE, DARK CASTLE***

    December 7 Austin, TX Emo’s (tickets here)

    December 8 Houston, TX Warehouse Live (tickets here)

    December 9 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks (tickets here)

    December 10 Orlando, FL The Social (w/ TORCHE, tickets here)

    December 11 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade (w/ TORCHE, PIG DESTROYER, IRON AGE, tickets here)

    Blue Record European Headlining Tour:

    January 18 Tilburg, Netherlands 013 (tickets here)

    January 19 London, UK TBA

    January 20 Manchester, UK Islington Mill (tickets here)

    January 21 Glasgow, UK Nice N Sleazy

    January 22 Birmingham, UK Hare and Hound

    January 23 Paris, France La Maroquinerie

    January 24 Karlsruhe, Germany Die Stadtmitte

    January 25 Munich, Germany Feierwerk

    January 26 Hamburg, Germany Hafenklang (tickets here)

    January 27 Copenhagen, Denmark The Rock

    January 28 Berlin, Germany Festsaal Kreuzberg

    January 29 Leipzig, Germany Zoro

    January 30 Koln, Germany Gebaeude 9 (tickets here)

    January 31 Brussels, Belgium AB Club

    February 1 Rotterdam, Netherlands Watt

    Soundwave Festival:

    ***All dates from February 20 thru March 1 w/ FAITH NO MORE, JANE’S ADDICTION, AFI, MESHUGGAH, and more***

    February 20 Brisbane, Queensland RNA Showgrounds

    February 21 Sydney, NSW Eastern Creek Raceway

    February 26 Melbourne, NSW Royal Melbourne Showgrounds

    February 27 Adelaide, S. Australia Bonython Park Oval

    March 1 Perth, W. Australia Bassendean Oval

    Japanese Tour With ISIS:

    April 3 Osaka, Japan Club Quattro

    April 4 Nagoya, Japan Club Quattro

    April 6 Tokyo, Japan O East

  • twotone

    hell yeah.

  • e.p. ohio

    i dont know if you’ve ever checked out Mouth of the Architect but they have been on tour with Baroness, Torche, and Mastadon. Best metal to come out of Ohio!

  • prolly

    Oh yes. I have both MOTA albums. Good shit!

  • mkunz

    What could possibly be your reasoning for caring less about Mastodon? Don’t get me wrong I love most things you post and Baroness is the shit but what could you have against Mastodon?

  • prolly

    They’re show-boaters and not that great live. Not to mention I really just don’t like their music. I know that sounds dumb to most people, I would rather listen to Zoroaster.