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  • This is a message to the whole world: go get this album asap! All I can say is Baroness have created a new brand of metal! I’m not pulling your hair; the music contained herein sounds fresh and unique. Paradoxically, their influences do shine clearly and can even blind you sometimes. I would say this guys listen to older stuff, not all those bands they get compared to on the horrid sticker Relapse usually sticks on their cd boxes. I mean, yeah, maybe Mastodon, High on Fire and Isis- I don’t really care: it’s just an advertising strategy to call young kids’ attention… Don’t know how old these guys are, but if you asked me, I would compare them to excellent and timeless rock bands such as Thin Lizzy, Wishbone Ash, Maiden, Rush,Kyuss, a bit of K. Crimson, probably Sabbath, Helmet, Fugazi, and the Melvins!! Now, if you want newer stuff, I’d say Kylesa, Zebulon Pyke and Don Caballero (the album was produced by Kylesa’s Philip Cope, and though loud and heavy, the sound’s crystal clear, which can only help Baroness’ melodic yet powerful and enticing sound)… This year has seen lots of great underground stuff released: The Hidden Hand, Mammatus, Tragedy, etc. But these guys have released an album that made me feel twenty years younger, when I wasn’t old and jaded; I mean,I remember when I was 15 and excited about a new DRI, Voivod, COC or Celtic Frost album! Same exact feeling: as if I were part of a beautiful, reddish dawn. Something that calls forth paradoxical images of hope, longing, nostalgia, adventure and non-pathological solitude! Yes, indeed. I’m in a poetic mood thanks to this awesome music. In fact, I’m not even going to single out stand-out tracks, no sir! They’re all great, from start to finish… Be forwarned, though: there’s a different approach here, and those who are familiar with Baroness’ earlier output will have to be prepared for a slight shock: the vocals are not crust-like anymore; in fact, they sound as if Ian Mackaye had morphed into Gene Simmons!Come to think of it, that spells King Buzzo territory in my book! Not a bad thing, but it takes time getting used to…Plus, the fast stuff, the hardcore riffs and speed are gone. That I don’t like, but, really,Baroness have created an album that nowadays would be impossible to even imagine: something more akin to another era, or maybe another planet… ‘Nuff said! Greetings from Mexico!

    Posted on February 24, 2010