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The Colour of Melancholy.
John Dyer Baizley of heavy-metal outfit Baroness explains to Anna Rose how the band were driven forward with their fifth album 'Gold & Grey' by a kind of "weird anxiety".
"Bursting with fist-pumping passages of inspired riffage."
"Windmilling and raised drinks reigned supreme."
"The stage presence of each member was beyond any expectations."
"It's Baroness at their most mature and it really hits home."
If there’s one band that’s managed to climb their way to the top of the metal mountain in the last decade, it’s the progressive musical kaleidoscope that is Baroness. Their debut full-length ‘Red Album’ reared its ugly head straight from the swamps and marshes of South-eastern Georgia, loudly announcing the group as ones to watch in the world of metal. Next effort ‘Blue Record’ built on those solid foundations, adding bucket loads of sludge and melody to the mix. In 2012, double album ‘Yellow & Green’ moved into more atmospheric, stoner rock and psychedelic territory, sweeping up accolades from NME, Spin, Rolling Stone and Pitchfork in the process. Speaking with drummer Sebastian Thomson, we decided to get the lowdown on their latest opus ‘Purple’, what their live show feels like, drumming and how musical variety is an essential part of maintaining one's sanity.
"The man followed me round to where I had moved and continued to thrust into my leg as before, like a dog on heat..."
"Baroness has transcended the turmoil surrounding them and settled in for the long haul."
Another brilliant dash of colour for the broader spectrum of heavy music.