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Baroness play an eclectic brand of heavy metal, embracing the ferocity and sharp technique of new-millennium metal but with melodic accents and intelligent guitar work that suggest the influence of indie rock and post-punk bands. The four members of Baroness -- John Baizley on guitar and vocals, Brian Blickle on guitar, Summer Welch on bass, and Allen Blickle on drums -- are all originally from Lexington, Virginia, but they pulled up stakes and relocated to Savannah, Georgia, when they formed the band in mid-2003. Baroness made their recording debut in 2005 with First, a three-song EP released through Savannah-based indie label Hyperrealist Records. A second EP from Baroness, simply called Second, appeared in stores later the same year. In 2006, Baroness teamed up with another offbeat but powerful band from Savannah, Unpersons, for a split EP entitled A Grey Sigh in a Flower Husk, released through At a Loss Records. In 2007, Baroness signed with the well-respected independent metal label Relapse Records, and in the fall of 2007 they issued their first full-length disc, The Red Album, followed by extensive touring. Guitarist Pete Adams joined the band in 2008 replacing Brian Blickle. In the fall of 2009, the group released its sophomore effort, Blue Record. Baroness spent the following year touring, opening for bands like Metallica, Mastodon, and Deftones before heading back into the studio to begin work on their third album, Yellow & Green, which would arrive in 2012. After the release of the album, while on tour in England, Baroness were involved in a terrible accident when their tour bus went over the side of a viaduct near Bath, falling 30 feet. Though many of the bandmembers and their crew were injured, with Baizley suffering a broken arm and leg and Blickle and bassist Matt Maggioni (who had earlier replaced Summer Welch) both hospitalized with fractured vertebrae, there were no fatalities. After recovering from their injuries, Baroness began scheduling tour dates again in 2013, though the announcement they would be on the road again was followed shortly by the announcement that Blickle and Maggioni would be parting ways with the band. Bassist Nick Jost and drummer Sebastian Thomson were recruited to take their place, and made their live debut on a headlining tour later that year. The live album Live at Maida Vale would arrive in the summer of 2013, and would be the last release from the band to feature their pre-accident lineup. After a period of recovery and encouragement from Metallica's James Hetfield (who had survived a bus crash that killed bassist Cliff Burton), Baroness re-entered the studio with producer Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Sleater Kinney, etc.) and recorded ten new songs that dealt with the crash, its aftermath, and the band's determination to continue. The album Purple was issued on the band's newly formed Abraxan Hymns label in the fall of 2015.~ Mark Deming
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  2.   A Horse Called Golgotha
  3.   Take My Bones Away
  4.   Foolsong
  5.   Board Up the House
  6.   Green Theme
  7.   Psalms Alive
  8.   Collapse
  9.   Wanderlust
  10.   Mtns. (The Crown & Anchor)
  11.   The Line Between
  12.   Stretchmarker
  13.   Little Things
  14.   If I Forget Thee, Lowcountry
  15.   Shock Me
  16.   Twinkler
  17.   Chlorine & Wine
  18.   Grad
  19.   The Iron Bell
  20.   Back Where I Belong
  21.   March to the Sea
  22.   Cavite by Unpersons
  23.   Aleph
  24.   Crossroads of Infinity
  25.   Fugue
  26.   Morningstar
  27.   Sea Lungs
  28.   Teiresias by Unpersons
  29.   War, Wisdom and Rhyme
  30.   The Gnashing
  31.   Jake Leg
  32.   Blackpowder Orchard
  33.   O'Appalachia
  34.   Rays on Pinion
  35.   If I Have to Wake Up (Would You Stop the Rain?)
  36.   Desperation Burns
  37.   Try to Disappear
  38.   Cocainium
  39.   Yellow Theme
  40.   The Sweetest Curse
  41.   O'er Hell and Hide
  42.   Bullhead's Psalm
  43.   Bullhead's Lament
  44.   [Untitled]
  45.   Cockroach en Fleur
  46.   Wailing Wintry Wind
  47.   Isak
  48.   The Birthing
  49.   Eula
  50.   Swollen and Halo
  51.   Steel That Sleeps the Eye
  52.   Teeth of a Cogwheel
  53.   Kerosene
  54.   Ogeechee Hymnal

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