A couple of days ago, Baroness released their newest work entitled “Gold and Grey” as a natural closure to their chromatically-themed record-sequel. They started off with Red (heavy, aggressive & raw), then went on to Blue (their most sludgy work). Then explored their progressive side with Yellow and Green, a colour that symbolizes fear (a change of direction towards their proggier side perhaps), on to Purple (a colour that is used to imply stability & creativity – perhaps a settle down phase on their progressive side).
The natural closure to this story of symbols is offered by Gold and Grey, as the peak and at the same time end of their work with the sense of achievement. As a whole, this album starts right where Purple left off. This heavy/progressive side is slowly transitioning into works that are by far the most emotional of the band. The use of harsh vocals is restricted and gives way to more harmonic vocals, doubled by Gina Gleason. This is the first album that features Gina and she absolutely nails it. Her vocal output matches that of John Baizley greatly. She offers perfectly matching harmonies throughout the music. This is solidified by the following fact: There is less heavy shredding in this album, and far more guitar harmonic parts between Gina and John, which acts as an extension to their vocal coordination. This work was devoid of Peter Adams, who left the band mid 2017.
The rhythm section remains faithful to the standards raised by Baroness since Red. The work of Sebastian Thomson and Nick Jost is strong and sturdy, but at the same time more innovative and of course more prog-friendly as is the whole flavor of Gold and Grey.
There is only one drawback to this record and sadly enough it’s nothing new to the music world. The mixing is sloppy, especially towards the later stages of the album.
All in all, the music is a lot different since Red came out. The band has evolved both musically and culturally and Gold and Grey is probably one of their best works so far.
Favorite tracks: Front Toward Enemy, Tourniquet, Anchor’s Lament, Cold-blooded Angels
You can listen for yourself here: