Baroness, ‘Red Album’ (Relapse)
Math metal was invented in Richmond’s heavy punk scene, so it’s not too surprising that while these epic mathletes joined up in Savannah, Georgia, the members originally hailed from Virginia. Gritty guitars harmonize like Destiny’s Child, and the intricate, huge-sounding songs can’t decide if they’d rather be in the gutter or reaching for the stars, so leader John Baizley howls about both. Like all good prog-inspired bands, they wedge in an acoustic interlude here and there just for kicks, but quickly return to riffs that knot up tightly without ever becoming Gordian.
Now Hear This: Baroness – “Wanderlust” DOWNLOAD MP3