This time the baroness is dressed in purple – and it suits her a lot!
Baroness are obsessed with colours; Following red, blue, yellow and green, now’s the time for purple.
In each of their previous albums, Baroness have managed to turn each colour’s basic characteristic into a musical mood: the "Red Album"’s aggressiveness, the "Blue Record"’s dash, the warmness and calmness of "Yellow and Green". If we wanted to describe "Purple" in just one word, the best choice would be "maturity".
"Purple" marks an important point of reference in Baroness’s career, as it is their first album after their serious accident in England in 2012, which caused not only three of their members to be injured, but the band as a whole too, since Allen Blickle and Matt Maggioni left it a few months later. But they didn’t give up and in April 2013, with Nick Jost in bass guitar and Sebastian Thomson in drums, Baroness got active again.
In "Purple", the band steps on the sort of alternative and commercial direction it had followed in "Yellow and Green", but in a much more specific way, integrating finely all these elements that have characterised their music since their very beginning. "Purple" is a successful, tight blend bringing together old and new Baroness, a modern and a retro feeling, with vivid touches from "Red Album" and "Blue Record" – besides purple is no more than a combination of red and blue, right? Captivating tunes, strong guitar riffs, and catchy choruses form an inspired and full album, with attitude and depth.
There are many great songs in Baroness’s new work and there’s no point in mentioning them one by one. But it’s worth it to talk a little about "Chlorine & Wine", a characteristic example of the musical and emotional magnificence of "Purple": the slow transition from the melancholic atmosphere at the beginning of the song, to its optimistic, almost triumphal end, touches the listener deeply revealing some personal traumatic experiences from the band’s accident.
The artwork, which always plays a major role in all Baroness releases and is once more fantastic, is created by the band’s frontman and mastermind, John Baizley, with the help of Marald van Haasteren.
Baroness with their "Purple", demonstrate that they have the ability to reach even higher, managing – right in the end of 2015– to give us an honest, authentic and imposing rock album, easing the bitter taste that the previous year left us with. Fortunately, there are still plenty of colours for our eccentric and beloved Baroness to get dressed...
Purple, by Baroness (2015)
Genre: Alternative-Progressive Metal/Rock
Label: Abraxan Hymns
Translation: Afroditi Tsakiri