Bonnaroo Opening Night: Baroness

Heavenly light beams caress demonic metal lords 


Remember that time when the Devil went to Georgia…He was in a bind, way behind, and looking to make a deal?  Well, the city was Savannah and the deal was a multi-album contract with this thrashing metallic quartet.

Supporting its most recent release, Blue Record, which debuted at number one on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart in October, Baroness brought the metal to a Bonnaroo lineup that was metallically deprived.

With the growling, bearded, and beast-like Baroness front-man John Baizley on rhythm and his cohort Peter Adams on lead, the duo combined sharp progressive metal guitar playing, with regional punk rock undertones, and a hint of twangy 1970’s hard rock distortion that was audible when the pair of axemen tag-teamed a tandem riff.  Apparently nobody near me could make it out, but, when I heard the sounds emitting from those amps visions of Scott Gorham, Brian May, and Tom Scholz shred in my mind.

Baizley and Adams: Dueling Axemen 


What’s great about Baroness is that the band possesses a changeup.  Not every song is 100 mph, balls to the wall, testosterone driven brutality.  “Steel That Sleeps the Eye” is a ghostly acoustic track that takes a page out of the Coheed & Cambria song book.  But, Baroness doesn’t need to strip down to bask in its own sludgy lethargy.  The electrified instrumental piece “Ogeechee Hymnal” pays testament to that, as well as the numerous improvised jams Baroness used to bridge its songs.

Baroness produces three part harmonies that can shame any demonic symphony of hell beasts.  This is the type of band you expect to hear rocking down in Mephisto’s Café.  Lucipher should be proud of his new acquisition.

Baizley is possessed

About rote7123

Chris graduated from The College Of New Jersey in May 2011 with a Bachelor Degree in Journalism and Professional Writing, as well as a degree in Communication Studies. He has held down a position in the Asbury Park Press’ Sports Department since September of 2010 and is a contributor to the outlet's Arts & Entertainment section, and has contributed to The Aquarian Weekly all while being the sole operator of Asbury Park's premier music news outlet Speak Into My Good Eye.
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