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Vasco Baptista 22/02/2016 No Comments on BARONESS – Purple

10 years ago, sludge was the promising new member of the metal family, with a fresh new approach, and ideas to the heavy affinities.
10 year after, Sludge seems to be loosing its grip… or evolving? Baroness were considered to many, the remaining hardliners of sludge, whereas Mastodon were moving away from the traditional sonority.
But if you dig into Yellow & Green, you could easily see that experimental and progressional thinking was in mind. Purple is no different, well it’s entirely different, from Red and Blue.
Actually, my reaction to Crack the Skye was no different.
The sound is cleaner and smoother, strongly inclined to sound testing as resorting to keyboards has become a major pattern.
Even though “Morningstar” would be the opening title you’d expect, John Dyer Baizley‘s voice, just isn’t quite as dominant, following on a more soothing road.

On the other hand, despite harmonic, “Shock Me” and “Kerosene” are the pop tracks, which reminded me a lot of Rush going pop charts. The voices are clean and almost numb, still there’s something of remembrance and tranquility in the guitarist’s choir and gave it an almost 70’s sound. Nonetheless, Pete Adams manages to deliver a great guitar solo, field in which the didn’t manage to excel as their Atlantan counterparts.
“Try to Disappear” marks the traditional instrumental section of sludge bands, with the lighter guitar distorted tunign and complex riff. However, one thing we constantly hope for in Baroness albums, is the capacity to break down melodies, giving it a more progressive nature, which always go missing.
A good promising album, that goes through the more composational potential than through staying with its roots. Soon sludge will be recognized more as a musical movement, than a genre per se.





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