Baroness (band)

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Baroness Coachella 2010.jpeg
Baroness performing at Coachella 2010
Background information
Origin Savannah, Georgia, United States
Genres Sludge metal, progressive metal, stoner rock, heavy metal, alternative metal[1][2]
Years active 2003–present
Labels Relapse Records
Hyperrealist Records
At a Loss Recordings
Associated acts Valkyrie
Members John Baizley
Peter Adams
Nick Jost
Sebastian Thomson
Past members Allen Blickle
Summer Welch
Tim Loose
Brian Blickle
Matt Maggioni

Baroness is an American band from Savannah, Georgia whose original members grew up together in Lexington, Virginia.[3]


Formative years[edit]

Baroness formed in mid-2003,[3] founded by former members of the punk/metal band Johnny Welfare and the Paychecks.[4] Singer John Dyer Baizley creates the artwork for all Baroness albums, and has done artwork for other bands and labels such as Darkest Hour, The Red Chord, Vitamin X, Skeletonwitch, Sounds of the Underground, Kylesa, Kvelertak, Black Tusk, Daughters, Torche, Pig Destroyer, and the Magrudergrind/Shitstorm split grindcore CD on Robotic Empire.[5]

From 2004 to 2007, Baroness recorded and released three EPs, named First, Second and A Grey Sigh in a Flower Husk (aka Third), with the third one being a split album with Unpersons.

Red Album[edit]

Baroness started recording their first full-length album in March 2007. The Red Album was released on September 4, 2007.[6] and met positive reception. Heavy metal magazine Revolver named it Album of the Year.[7] On December 1, 2007, Baroness performed at New York City's Bowery Ballroom. On September 20, 2008, the band announced via MySpace Brian Blickle would be parting ways, while also introducing a new guitarist named Peter Adams, also of Virginia-based band Valkyrie.

Throughout 2007–9, Baroness toured and shared the stage with many bands including Converge, The Red Chord, High on Fire, Opeth, Coheed and Cambria, Coliseum, Mastodon, Minsk and Clutch.

Blue Record[edit]

On May 18, 2009 Baroness entered The Track Studio in Plano, Texas, to record their second full length album, Blue Record, produced by John Congleton (The Roots, Explosions in the Sky, Black Mountain, The Polyphonic Spree). It was released via Relapse Records on October 13, 2009.

In February and March 2010 Baroness played in the Australian Soundwave Festival, alongside bands such as Clutch, Isis, Meshuggah, Janes Addiction and Faith No More,[8] and toured Japan in March 2010 with Isis.[9]

Baroness have toured with many other prominent bands, such as supporting Mastodon on their US headlining tour in April–May 2010, Deftones for August–September 2010. In addition, Baroness was selected as one of two support acts (the other being Lamb of God) for Metallica on their tour of Australia and New Zealand in late 2010.[10]

Baroness also performed at Coachella and Bonnaroo in 2010.[11][12]

Blue Record would later be named the 20th Greatest Metal Album in History by "LA Weekly" in 2013.[13]

Yellow & Green[edit]

On May 23, 2011, the band launched their official website.[14] The first content released on the new page gave hints to work on a new album being produced again by John Congleton. On May 14, 2012, the single "Take My Bones Away" from the new album was released over YouTube, along with an album teaser.

Baroness released Yellow & Green on July 17, 2012 through Relapse.[15]

Bus crash near Bath, England[edit]

On August 15, 2012, nine passengers were injured (two seriously) when the German-registered coach in which the band were traveling fell from a viaduct near Bath, England. Emergency services were called to Brassknocker Hill in Monkton Combe after the coach fell 30 ft (9m) from the viaduct. Avon Fire and Rescue Service said the incident happened at 11:30BST; due to heavy rain and reduced visibility it was not possible for the air ambulance to land. Emergency services said two people were transported to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol while seven others went to the Royal United Hospital (RUH) in Bath.[16] As a result of the crash, frontman John Baizley suffered a broken left arm and broken left leg. Allen Blickle and Matt Maggioni each suffered fractured vertebrae. Pete Adams was treated and released from the hospital on August 16, 2012.[17]

Recovery and lineup changes[edit]

During the subsequent months of recovery, Baroness began scheduling tour dates once more. John Baizley performed an acoustic set and artwork exhibition on March 14, 15, and 16, 2013 at SXSW in Austin, Texas.[18] In addition, Baroness made plans to perform at festivals such as Chaos in Tejas,[19] Free Press Summer Festival,[20] and Heavy MTL in Montreal, Quebec.[21]

On March 25, 2013, through a statement posted on Baroness' official website, it was announced that both Allen Blickle (drums) and Matt Maggioni (bass guitar) had left Baroness.[22]

On April 1, 2013, the first leg of Baroness' 2013 US Headlining Tour was announced, featuring the debut of bass guitarist Nick Jost, and drummer Sebastian Thomson of Trans Am.[23]

On September 27, 2013 they started their European Tour in Tilburg, Netherlands. Among other places they will play at UKA in Trondheim - Norway's largest cultural festival.


On August 28, 2015 towards the end of a two week tour in Europe they released the song "Chlorine & Wine" and announced that their new album Purple would be released December 18, 2015 on their own newly formed label Abraxan Hymns.[24]

Purple was recorded with Dave Fridmann at Tarbox Road Studios in Cassadaga, New York.[25]

On September 24, 2015 Baroness released the official music video for "Chlorine & Wine" and announced a North American small venue tour for the fall of 2015.[26]

On November 15, 2015 the band released the first official single "Shock Me" from the forthcoming album Purple, which debuted on BBC Radio 1's Rock Show with Daniel P Carter.[27]




Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Chart positions
US Indie
US Heat
US Rock
US Taste
2007 Red Album
  • Released: September 4, 2007
  • Label: Relapse Records (RR 6721-2)
  • Format: CD/LP
2009 Blue Record
  • Released: October 13, 2009
  • Label: Relapse Records (RR 7053)
  • Format: CD/LP
14 1 15 12 117
2012 Yellow & Green
  • Released: July 17, 2012
  • Label: Relapse Records
  • Format: CD/LP
8 8 3 30 85
2015 Purple
  • Expected release: December 18, 2015
  • Label: Abraxan Hymns
  • Format: CD/LP
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Split LPs[edit]

Year Album details Type Notes
2007 A Grey Sigh in a Flower Husk
  • Released: July 2, 2007
  • Label: At a Loss Recordings (AAL019)
  • Format: CD/LP
Split album Split record with Unpersons. Sometimes referred to as Third.[29]


Year Title Label
2004 First Hyperrealist Records
2005 Second Hyperrealist Records


Year Title Label
2013 Live at Maida Vale Relapse Records[30]


Year Title Label
2010 "A Horse Called Golgotha" Relapse Records[31]
2012 "Take My Bones Away" Relapse Records
"March to the Sea" Relapse Records


Year Title Label
2008 First & Second Hyperrealist Records

Music videos[edit]

Album Title Director
Red Album (2007) "Wanderlust" Joshua Green[n 1]
Blue Record (2009) "A Horse Called Golgotha" Joshua Green[n 2]
Yellow & Green (2012) "Take My Bones Away" Jimmy Hubbard[n 3]
Purple (2015) "Chlorine & Wine" Jimmy Hubbard[n 4]


  1. ^ The video premiered on MTV's Headbanger's Ball, December 8, 2007.[32]
  2. ^ The video premiered on MySpace Music, November 7, 2009.[33]
  3. ^ The video premiered on Rolling Stone Magazine's website on July 25, 2012.[34]
  4. ^ The video premiered on YouTube on September 24, 2015.[35]
  1. ^ "After tragedy, Baroness has the mettle to push on - Houston Chronicle". 2013-05-15. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  2. ^ Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic (2013-05-24). "Resilient alt-metal band Baroness to open U.S. tour here". Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  3. ^ a b "Baroness Interview". Deaf Sparrow. Archived from the original on July 9, 2011. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  4. ^ New-Noise article about Baroness[dead link]
  5. ^ John Baizley at MySpace
  6. ^ "Aggressive Tendencies: Year in Review 2007"[dead link], Exclaim!, December 2007.
  7. ^ Revolver. November 2007.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[page needed]
  8. ^ "Baroness". Mammoth Booking. Retrieved July 16, 2011. 
  9. ^ "ISIS – On The Road Once Again". Isis official blog. March 16, 2010. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 
  10. ^ "LAMB OF GOD And BARONESS To Support METALLICA In New Zealand, Australia". Roadrunner Records. July 8, 2010. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Coachella 2010 Lineup: Jay-Z, Gorillaz, Pavement, Thom Yorke????". Stereogum. BUZZmedia. January 19, 2010. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  12. ^ Dombal, Ryan (February 9, 2010). "Bonnaroo Lineup Announced". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  13. ^ "The 20 Greatest Metal Albums in History: The Complete List". Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Baroness". Baroness via Myspace. Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  15. ^ Ramirez, Carlos (April 11, 2012). "Baroness, 'Yellow & Green': Georgia Sludgesters Announce Third Album". Noisecreep. AOL. Retrieved April 12, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Band injured in Bus Crash". BBC. August 15, 2012. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Baroness News Update". Baroness Official Website. August 16, 2012. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Baroness – Official Website » SXSW". 2013-03-01. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  19. ^ "Baroness – Official Website » Chaos In Tejas". 2013-03-11. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  20. ^ "Baroness – Official Website » Free Press Summer Festival". 2013-02-28. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  21. ^ "Baroness – Official Website » Heavy MTL". 2013-03-26. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  22. ^ "Baroness – Official Website » Update". 2013-03-25. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  23. ^ a b c "Baroness – Official Website » 2013 Headlining Tour". 2013-04-01. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  24. ^ "Baroness — ABRAXAN HYMNS". Retrieved 2015-11-18. 
  25. ^ "Baroness — Recording with Dave Fridmann at Tarbox Road...". Retrieved 2015-11-18. 
  26. ^ "Baroness — FALL TOUR ANNOUNCED, "CHLORINE & WINE" OFFICIAL...". Retrieved 2015-11-18. 
  27. ^ "Baroness and Arcane Roots, Rock Show with Daniel P Carter - BBC Radio 1". BBC. Retrieved 2015-11-18. 
  28. ^ a b c d e "Artist Chart History – Baroness". Billboard. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  29. ^ "BARONESS signs to Relapse Records". Metal Injection. April 6, 2007. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  30. ^ "Now Available: Live at Maida Vale". July 23, 2013. Retrieved September 16, 2015. 
  31. ^ Yancey, Bryne (August 30, 2010). "Baroness covering Descendents on new 7-inch". Archived from the original on September 2, 2010. Retrieved August 30, 2010. 
  32. ^[dead link]
  33. ^ "BARONESS: Premieres Video For ‘A Horse Called Golgotha’". The Silver Tongue. November 7, 2009. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  34. ^ "BPremiere: Baroness, 'Take My Bones Away'". Rolling Stone Magazine. July 25, 2012. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  35. ^ "BARONESS - Chlorine & Wine [Official Music Video]". September 24, 2015. Retrieved September 24, 2015. 

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