Last year, Southern sludge rockers Baroness went through a terrifying and injurious bus accident that saw each band member hurt. Since then bassist Matt Maggioni and drummer Allen Blickle have left the band, which singer/guitarist John Baizley says was part of an amicable split.
But now the boys are back and are ready to hit the road. In a candid video statement, Baizely and guitarist Pete Adams speak about their focus and their eagerness to embark on a tour. They also announce that they are welcoming bassist Nick Jost and drummer Sebastian Thomson to the group.
Adams states, “It’s hard to find the words to express how excited we are to announce this tour. Seven months ago, who knew when it would be or even if we could get back on the road. But here we are, picking right back up where we left off. A heartfelt thanks to everyone’s unconditional love and support for us through, let’s hope, the hardest time this band will ever see. We told you we’d be back so let’s do this thing!”
All tour dates, as well as the video, can be watched below. READ MORE
Savannah, Georgia progressive sludge metal band Baroness has announced a US headlining tour that will kick off May 24th in Philadelphia, the adopted hometown of guitarist/singer John Baizley. The band will be touring in support of their new album Yellow & Green (review), which was released last year but saw very little touring due to a horrific bus accident less than a month after the album’s release.
Guitarist Pete Adams explains, “It’s hard to find the words to express how excited we are to announce this tour. Seven months ago, who knew when it would be or even if we could get back on the road. But here we are, picking right back up where we left off. A heartfelt thanks to everyone’s unconditional love and support for us through, let’s hope, the hardest time this band will ever see. We told you we’d be back so let’s do this thing!”
It was recently announced that bassist Matt Maggioni and drummer Allen Bickle had quit the band. Baizley and Adams will be joined by bassist Nick Jost and drummer Sebastian Thomson for the tour.
The full touring schedule can be seen below. READ MORE
Guitarist/vocalist John Baizley of progressive metal band Baroness has released a statement in which he announces that drummer Allen Bickle and bassist Matt Maggioni have left the group. No replacements have been announced.
This news comes less than a year after the band was involved in a serious bus accident that seriously injured nine people, including crew and members of the band. The group was touring in the UK in support of their newly released album Yellow & Green (review).
Below is the full statement. READ MORE
Relapse Records recently suffered a great loss as their Director Of Retail Sales Pat Egan passed away on Monday, Feb. 18th due to complications stemming from pneumonia. To honor his memory, Relapse has put together a 20-track tribute album that features a collection of his favorite artists and songs. All bands included have waived their royalty fees so that 100% of the proceeds can go towards a college fund for Egan’s daughter Katie. The compilation is $5 and available via Bandcamp here. Those who wish to donate via PayPal can do so at [email protected].
Our deepest condolences go out to Pat, his family and friends, and the entire Relapse Record crew. You are in our thoughts. READ MORE
In mid 2012, Southern sludge rockers Baroness were involved in a very serious bus accident while touring in the UK in support of their latest album Yellow & Green. A total of nine people were injured, including three members of Baroness. Singer/guitarist John Baizley suffered a broken arm and a broken leg.
The accident was caused when the bus fell 30ft from a viaduct, crashing into trees and brush. The weather conditions were apparently dreadful at the time of the crash, including “torrential rain” and it being “quite windy”.
Now, BBC is reporting that the driver, 39-year old Norman Markus, will be charged for the accident. He is facing charges of “…using a vehicle with defective brakes and breaching a 7.5 tonne weight limit. Mr Markus is also facing charges of insufficient daily and weekly rest periods and using a vehicle in a condition likely to cause danger of injury.”
We’ll report more on this as news breaks. READ MORE
Bloody-Disgusting is excited to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for Coliseum‘s “Black Magic Punks”, which comes off their upcoming album Sister Faith. The video is full of occult imagery and uses vivid colors similar to the style of Dario Argento. You can watch this exclusive premiere below.
John Baizley of Baroness recently wrote, “Musical progression tends to come at the expense of quality or ethics, and Coliseum have sacrificed neither. Though punk-rock may have been the template (and paradigms DO shift), songwriting and emotional content have become Coliseums focus, and to that end they have gracefully transitioned from the unrelenting anger, rage, and rawness of youth to a more thought-provoking, yet no-less-powerful or insightful sound that is entirely their own.”
Sister Faith comes out Apr. 30th via Temporary Residence LTD. A North American tour is in plans for May/June. READ MORE
Southern prog rock band Baroness have released a video for “March To The Sea”, which comes off their latest release Yellow & Green (review). The video takes live footage gathered from before their bus accident during their tour with Meshuggah.
Guitarist Pete Adams states, “So here is another video for everyone out there! This was filmed while we were on tour with Meshuggah in the Spring of 2012. Some of you may recognize the footage from several of those shows and the ‘Take My Bones Away’ video as well. We were excited to be back out as it had been since December of 2010 when we had our last tour before taking time off to write Yellow & Green. You can see from the video we were happy to be back on the road. We’re happy now to have this video to share with you all. Enjoy.” READ MORE
And so another year comes to a close. 2012, just like any other year, you had your gems and you had your flops when it came to album releases. For this article, I’d like to give you my Top 10 albums of 2012 as well as several honorable mentions that didn’t exactly make the cut but were too good to leave unmentioned. So, read on to see my Top 10 Albums Of 2012!
Make sure to check out my worst 5 albums here. READ MORE
Prog sludge metal band Baroness singer/guitarist John Baizley has issued an update regarding the band’s current situation as well as his own personal recovery since the bus accident that left him with a broken arm and a broken leg earlier this year.
In the update, Baizley also posted a video of himself and guitarist Pete Adams performing their song “Stretchmarker” acoustically. The song comes from their latest album Yellow & Green (review). This is the first performance footage from the band since the bus accident. It’s a beautiful rendition and well worth checking out.
You can read the full statement and watch the video below. READ MORE
The official 2013 Grammy nominations list has been released and, as per usual, it takes the opportunity to laud and celebrate what the radios and mass media have been shoving down our throats for the past year (thank god we can use mp3 players and dictate what we want to listen to, right?). Now, I basically just completely ignored the vast majority of categories and immediately scanned down to find the four categories that interested me: Best Rock Performance, Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Album. And what I found was pretty…well, it was pretty confusing. READ MORE
Yesterday night I got the opportunity to sit down with In Flames guitarist Niclas Engelin during their current tour alongside UK thrash metal band Sylosis, Hellyeah, and Lamb Of God. We discussed the idea of which region has the best crowds, what the Randy Blythe arrest means for touring bands, his first guitar, his favorite horror movie, and his favorite albums of the year! You can check this exclusive video interview below!
Make sure to check out our review of In Flames’ latest album Sounds Of A Playground Fading here. READ MORE
Yep! It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving is on Thursday, which means dutiful consumers are already preparing for the Holiday Shopping Season. If you think you’re exempt from that, think again. Either you know a fellow horror fan (or family member) in need, or you want something for yourself! You can take this as advice for what to buy, or what to ask for.
So we’re kicking things off this year with our music list! I know a lot of you folks are into metal, and we’ve got plenty of that. But we’ve also got a few surprises tucked in there as well! Extra thanks to Jonathan Barkan for his suggestions, they’re designated as “JB”.
Btw, I’ve mainly included iTunes links – they have a “gift” option – to these releases. Even though I prefer discs, I realize I’m a relic so I’m saving links to physical products for the special Box Sets where it’s really worth it to go whole-hog and impress someone special. Head inside to check it out! READ MORE
Relapse Records has made a 2012 sampler album available for free download. The album features 21 different artists, including Baroness, Pig Destroyer, Death, Murder Construct, Dying Fetus, and a great deal more. You can download the album below.
Century Media also released a free sampler pack, which you can snag here. I guess today is Free Music Friday! READ MORE
On August 15th, hard rock band Baroness was involved in a serious bus crash that saw nine members and crew injured, some minor and some serious. Luckily, everyone has recovered. Now, guitarist/vocalist John Baizley has written an extensive update that details a firsthand account of the accident as well as the weeks since. It’s a fascinating read that includes a moment when Baizley need to break his own arm as well as the first time he picked up a guitar since the accident. You can read the full update below.
Personally speaking, I’m thrilled to hear that everyone is doing well. Yellow & Green (review) is an album that I find myself continuously coming back to. “Eula” is an incredible song that I’ve listened to more times than I care to imagine. READ MORE
After going through a horrifying bus crash, the members of Baroness are recovering well but have decided to cancel all remaining 2012 tour dates. Details about the bus accident can be found here.
In a statement made on their official Facebook, “John Baizley has been released from hospital. Allen and Matt have arrived back in the United States. All remaining 2012 tour dates are canceled. Thank you for all of the continued support.”
I’m thrilled to hear that the guys are doing well and I wish them a speedy recovery back home. I don’t know what the news is regarding the rest of the crew but I hope that they are doing great as well.
Rock band Baroness has issued an update regarding the crew and members following a bus accident in England. The statement comes from their official Facebook.
“The band members of Baroness and their crew are recovering from injuries sustained after their tour bus crashed outside of Bath, England early on Wednesday morning.
John Baizley [singer/guitarist] has broken his left arm and left leg. Allen Blickle [drummer] and Matt Maggioni [bassist] each suffered fractured vertebrae. All three remain in the hospital as of this writing. Pete Adams [guitarist] has been treated and released from the hospital.
Three of the five crew members who were on the bus have also been treated and released. One member is still undergoing testing. The driver of the bus remains in critical condition.
Please stay tuned for further updates. Thank you for all the support during this extremely difficult time.”
I want to offer my sincere hopes and best wishes for a speedy recovery to everyone involved.
Nine members and crew of Southern prog rock band Baroness were injured when their tour bus fell 30ft near Bath, England. Two of the victims were trapped and had to be rescued by firefighters. These two suffered multiple fractures. The other seven sustained minor injuries and are being treated at the Royal United Hospital in Bath. There is no word yet as to who specifically was injured.
Apparently there was very heavy rain and reduced visibility at the time of the crash. Conditions were so bad that air ambulances were unable to land.
The band’s tour promoter stated, “It is with great regret that we have to inform you that Baroness were involved in a very serious road accident earlier today and will not be able to perform at Talking Heads tonight. Our thoughts are with the band at this time and we wish them and their crew a speedy recovery.”
The band has cancelled all remaining European tour dates. I hope and keep my fingers crossed for the swift recovery of everyone involved.
Sludge metal band Baroness has released a video for their current single “Take My Bones Away”, which comes off their latest album Yellow & Green. The video, which shows the band in alive performance setting, was shot over one month by director Jimmy Hubbard during their spring tour with Meshuggah.
You can get the album on iTunes. Also, make sure to read our review here. READ MORE
Hailing from Savannah, Georgia, Baroness is a four-piece group that plays a mixture of sludge and melodic metal with traces of prog and a sprinkle of punk. With elements of these genres, you KNOW that I was intrigued to listen to their latest offering. After all, they’ve toured with Metallica, Opeth, Clutch, Mastodon, and many more influential, fantastic artists. Add to this the fact that both Red and Blue are fascinating, incredible albums, and I was all set to sit back and delve into the two-disc set that is Yellow & Green. So, was I satisfied or left wanting? READ MORE
Progressive sludge metal band Baroness have announced that their newest album, Yellow & Green, will be coming out July 17th via Relapse Records. This release sees the band reteaming with Blue Record producer John Congleton (Explosions In the Sky) and was recorded over nearly the entirety of 2011. The album will be a 2CD/LP release.
Front man John Baizley states, “We had been on tour for eight years, and we decided to take a break from our adventure to dig our heels in at home and write a new record. We spent the entirety of the past year dedicating ourselves to the new album. Without the break from touring and the time we took to rest and reflect, we would have been entirely unable to write this new record. We have become re-inspired. Now it’s time to get back out on the road.”
The band will be joining Meshuggah for a month-long US tour starting April 29th. READ MORE
With the recent release of Nola sludge legends Crowbar’s much anticipated new album, Sever The Wicked Hand, I started to think about what other huge albums 2011 has to offer the metalheads among us. With new albums from genre heavyweights like Atheist, Fear Factory, and Agalloch turning last year into a seriously stellar year for metal, 2010 is going to be hard to top, but here are 10 (+2) albums that I think will give 2011 more than just a fighting chance. READ MORE