TITLE: Red Album
YEAR RELEASED: 2007
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Probably something on metal radio on Sirius or XM, who knows?
LINEUP: John Dyer Baizley, Allen Blickle, Brian Blickle, Summer Welch
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Storming out from Savannah, Baroness’ debut album hits all the right notes as it combines classic metal riffs with progressive rock elements.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Baroness had released two EPs and a split single before cranking out their debut, and my goodness was that prior work worth it.
Grabbing some sludge here, some progressive rock there, a bit of 90s era punk, and riffs everywhere, Baroness absolutely torches your eardrums. John Dyer Baizley, the artist, singer (howler more likely) and brains behind the band leads the crew into alternately banging your head and also stopping to listen intently because their chops are immaculate.
The only down part are a couple of the interludes. They seem out of place a bit, and don’t lead anywhere, at least not to where I hear it. Yet the album is still well worthwhile, and does demonstrate the metal clock didn’t stop in the 1990s.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: There was an ‘untitled’ song that was 11 minutes of silence and a minute of…something. Not streaming as far as I could see.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE A: There was hope for metal with albums like this.