Baroness performing at Coachella 2010
|Origin||Savannah, Georgia, United States|
|Genres||Sludge metal, progressive metal, stoner rock, heavy metal, alternative metal|
At a Loss Recordings
|Past members||Allen Blickle
Baroness formed in mid-2003, founded by former members of the punk/metal band Johnny Welfare and the Paychecks. 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.
Baroness started recording their first full-length album in March 2007. The Red Album was released on September 4, 2007. and met positive reception. Heavy metal magazine Revolver named it Album of the Year. 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.
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, and toured Japan in March 2010 with Isis.
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.
Yellow & Green
On May 23, 2011, the band launched their official website. 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.
Bus crash near Bath, England
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. 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.
Recovery and Lineup Changes
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. In addition, Baroness made plans to perform at festivals such as Chaos in Tejas, Free Press Summer Festival, and Heavy MTL in Montreal, Quebec.
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.
On September 27, 2013 they will start 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 they released the single "Chlorine & Wine" and announced that their new album Purple would be released December 18, 2015.
- Current members
- John Baizley – rhythm guitar, lead vocals (2003–present)
- Peter Adams – lead guitar, vocals (2008–present)
- Nick Jost - bass guitar (2013–present)
- Sebastian Thomson - drums, percussion (2013–present)
- Former members
- Allen Blickle – drums (2003–2013)
- Summer Welch – bass, vocals (2003–2012)
- Tim Loose – guitar (2003–2005)
- Brian Blickle – guitar (2006–2008)
- Matt Maggioni – bass (2012–2013)
|Year||Album details||Chart positions|
|2012||Yellow & Green
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart.|
|2007||A Grey Sigh in a Flower Husk
||Split album||Split record with Unpersons. Sometimes referred to as Third.|
|2010||"A Horse Called Golgotha"||Relapse Records|
|2012||"Take My Bones Away"||Relapse Records|
|"March to the Sea"||Relapse Records|
|2008||First & Second||Hyperrealist Records|
|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]|
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- Baroness Official Website
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- Baroness at MySpace
- Interview with John Baizley
- Photos from London Underworld 021106
- Vinyl Pressing Info and Pictures
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