I wondered for a very long time if it would ever happen again. If we would ever have the opportunity to hear another new album from one of the most successful and distinguished sludge rock/metal bands this decade has seen. After a horrific bus accident that left members of the incomparable and mighty Baroness severely mangled near Bath, England on August 15, 2012; I wouldn’t have blamed them if they hung it up for good. In fact, half of the band actually did roughly seven months later. Bassist Matt Maggioni and drummer Allen Blickle both left the band following their rehabilitation of fractured lumbar vertebrae as a result of the bus accident.
Baroness is responsible for three of the most important albums in rock and metal over the last ten years. Fronted by one of the most talented musicians and artists I have ever come across in John Baizley and joined by Peter Adams (also of Valkyrie); Baroness graced the music world with Red Album in March 2007, Blue Album in October 2009, and the masterful double album Yellow & Green in July 2012.
In 2015, more than two years since Baroness returned to touring with new bassist, Nick Jost, and new drummer, Sebastian Thomson, they have announced they have begun recording their next album. They are teaming up with producer Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Sleater-Kinney, Tame Impala) to create a new slew of genre-bending, acclaim-worthy music. There is no word on a release date yet, but the anticipation is already beginning to get to me. One thing is for certain; when this album is released, it is guaranteed to be a beautiful piece of art just like everything else Baroness is known for.