Baroness is back with a new album, and once again it is one of the centerpieces of the release schedule for this year. Still, a band that does things on their own terms, in a DIY punk rock way, but still creating heady music for music lovers by music lovers. Gold & Grey (Abraxan Hymns) is an album that arrives with a justified glow of hype, especially following Purple. The former album is actually the standard Ghost Cult uses in our grading system as “perfect”, in case you had been wondering about what kind of esteem we hold this band. Continue reading
Baroness has been working on their new album, due later this year via their label, Abraxan Hymns. The band has been teasing some possible news via Instagram where they have been posting their classic albums Red, Blue, Yellow & Green; with the corresponding Pantone Colors in the text area. We speculated that the next album in the series would be “Orange” following the classic color wheel “ROYGBIV” since the only two colors left (they already have an album for Violet or Purple) would be Orange or Indigo, which can be a shade of blue or purple. We don’t really mind whatever they want to call the album, we’re just excited for some new Baroness music! The band kicks off their co-headline tour soon with Deafheaven. and Zeal and Ardor. Continue reading
Baroness continues to excite fans on their current run of tour dates and festival appearances. The band has released another tour-centric behind the scenes video, which you can see below: Continue reading
Baroness has premiered their new music video today, a live performance-based clip for the track Try To Disappear, from their acclaimed 2015 album Purple (Abraxn Hymns). Continue reading
Baroness is currently in the midst of a tour of the US supporting their album Purple (Abraxan Hymns). The band has booked a tour of Australia and New Zealand to round out 2016, of which you can see the tour dates below. In the course of the current headline run of dates, the band will play festivals such as Hopscotch, Houston Open Air, Psycho Las Vegas, Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, Aftershock Festival, and Sound on Sound Festival in McDade, Texas.
Baroness, Australia And New Zealand Tour 2016
Dec 05: Studio – Auckland, NZ
Dec 07: The Metro – Sydney, AU
Dec 08: The Triffid – Brisbane, AU
Dec 09: The Prince – Melbourne, AU
Dec 10: Meredith Music Fest – Meredith, AU
Dec 12: The Gov – Adelaide, AU
Dec 13: Capitol – Perth, AU
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Baroness continues to tour heavily all over the globe behind late 2015 release Purple, released on their own Abraxan Hymns label. Purple is not just the latest release in the bands’ storied career, but represents a zenith of songcraft and musicianship they may not be able to top. Like every step in their career, all the music of Baroness is cinematic in the best sense. It doesn’t just tell a story, it envelopes you in all the peaks and valleys emotionally you could imagine. When we look back on it, this may be the band to define this generation. Purple is that great an album that the band doesn’t shy away from leaning heavily on new songs like ‘Kerosene’, ‘Shock Me’, ‘Chlorine And Wine’ and ‘Morningstar’ to name a few. They also peppered in hits on this night from across their impressive album catalog. The entire crowd singing a long with every word, moving with every chord and beat, non-stop. The band was captured on this night for Ghost Cult, by Evil Robb Photography at Royale in Boston:
PHOTO SET BY EVIL ROBB PHOTOGRAPHY
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As we dash towards the holidays and the end of the year Ghost Cult is feeling good about this season of giving. So we are giving our fans a chance to get to know our partners, peers, and friends from bands in the world of music. They will chime in with some guest blogs, end of year lists, and whatever else is on their minds as we pull the plug on 2015. Today we have Bidi van Drongelen, Dutch booker and manager who has worked with the likes of The Devil’s Blood, Saint Vitus, Ghost, In Solitude and many more. Every year a multitude of his bands get booked at the excellent Roadburn festival, and we have asked him what he feels were the best releases of 2015.
1. Klone – Here Comes The Sun
Great songwriting, amazing vocals, and a crystal clear though heavy production blending prog and post metal.
2. Ghost – Meliora
Ghost has it all to become one of the leading melodic heavy rock bands in the world
3. Bliksem – Gruesome Masterpiece
If you like Metallica’s Master of Puppets of Death Angel’s ACT III….with the a raw female voice like Doro.
4. Royal Thunder – Crooked Doors
Great atmospheric rock album with the amazing voice of Mlny Parsonsz
5. Tribulation – Children of the Night
Melodies of occult rock like The Devil’s Blood drenched with a satanic black voice which reminds of Satyricon.
6. Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss
Refreshing approach of doom & drone. ART with capital A!
7. Paradise Lost – The Plague Within
8. Steak Number Eight – Kosmokoma
9. Melechesh – Enki
10. Enslaved – In Times
11. Clutch – Psychic Warfare
12. Thy Catafalque – Sgurr
13. Amorphis– Under The Red Cloud
14. RAM – Svbversvm
15. BRING ME THE HORIZON– That’s The Spirit
16. Mgła – Excercises In Futility
17. Baroness – Purple
18. Leprous – The Congregation
19. Graveyard – Innocence & Decadence
20. Hangman’s Chair – This Is Not Supposed To Be Positive