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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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  1.   Song
  2.   Take My Bones Away
  3.   A Horse Called Golgotha
  4.   Shock Me
  5.   Kerosene
  6.   Little Things
  7.   Collapse
  8.   Wanderlust
  9.   Mtns. (The Crown & Anchor)
  10.   Green Theme
  11.   If I Forget Thee, Lowcountry
  12.   The Line Between
  13.   Psalms Alive
  14.   Board Up the House
  15.   Stretchmarker
  16.   Foolsong
  17.   Isak
  18.   Sea Lungs
  19.   March to the Sea
  20.   The Birthing
  21.   If I Have to Wake Up (Would You Stop the Rain?)
  22.   Desperation Burns
  23.   Chlorine & Wine
  24.   The Gnashing
  25.   Swollen and Halo
  26.   O'Appalachia
  27.   Grad
  28.   War, Wisdom and Rhyme
  29.   Cockroach en Fleur
  30.   The Iron Bell
  31.   Fugue
  32.   Try to Disappear
  33.   Eula
  34.   Cocainium
  35.   Twinkler
  36.   Teiresias by Unpersons
  37.   Jake Leg
  38.   Blackpowder Orchard
  39.   Aleph
  40.   Wailing Wintry Wind
  41.   Crossroads of Infinity
  42.   Yellow Theme
  43.   Cavite by Unpersons
  44.   The Sweetest Curse
  45.   Steel That Sleeps the Eye
  46.   Ogeechee Hymnal
  47.   O'er Hell and Hide
  48.   Bullhead's Lament
  49.   [Untitled]
  50.   Teeth of a Cogwheel
  51.   Rays on Pinion
  52.   Morningstar
  53.   Bullhead's Psalm
  54.   Back Where I Belong
  55.   Anodyne for Heather, Pt. 2
  56.   Anodyne for Heather (Pt. 1)
  57.   Be
  58.   Go Play Outside!
  59.   Coeur
  60.   Rise
  61.   Tower Falls
  62.   Bonus Track 1
  63.   Red Sky
  64.   Son of Sun
  65.   Vision
  66.   Bikeage
  67.   Black Finnegan by Unpersons
  68.   Number by Unpersons
  69.   Dry Hand by Unpersons
  70.   A Small Gesture, A Thousand Small Happy Gestures by Unpersons

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