Sunday, May 20, 2007

Baroness / Unpersons - A Grey Sigh in a Flower Husk (2007)

This comes straight from Wine-Women-Song, so thanks to him for this.

Baroness is a Metal band from Georgia with Sludge and Hardcore tendencies. They have released two records prior to this, appropriately titled First and Second. Both are devastating EPs showing a band that is clearly on the rise. They are slated to release their first full length, titled Third sometime this spring on Relapse Records.

Both of their songs on this split are, in my opinion, the best they have made yet. They just seem to get better and better. Teiresias is a shorter song, and Cavite is a bludgeoning 12 minute sonic slaughter, with all the stops pulled. It features honest-to-god metal shredding, solos, sludge, downtuned lurch and furious crunch. I am extremely excited for them to release the full length.

I dont really know much about Unpersons, but I found out that the name means someone who has offended the state and has not only been disposed of, but has been written out of all books, photos and records, thus making it seem like they never even exisited. Apparently the Roman government used a similar punishment as well as Stalin era Soviet Union. The term is know as Newspeak, from the book 1984 by George Orwell. It is a book that is considered a "Must-Read" by me and many others.

The band (getting back on track here) is actually pretty good. They have a very Am Rep style sound, but with a much more downtuned aesthetic. It should appeal to many of you who have voiced your love for the mighty Jesus Lizard and other acts with that sound. I look forward to hearing more from them in the future. They have four songs to beat and pummel yourself with.

Baroness Website
Baroness Wikipedia
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