Super-quick post to prove I’m still breathing. Blame 3 Mobile Broadband for a 0.1 Mbps connection. That’s slower than dial-up ever was! Insane.
So a quick one from the office about what’s rocking my bollocks this week. I absolutely love Baroness and am planning a post devoted to the all the ways I love them.
I worked my way back from Blue Record and despite initially feeling lukewarm to their 2004/5 debut EPs First & Second, I now find them more addictive than booze-soaked heroin cigarettes with crack sprinkles on top.
So much heavier than later outings yet still brimming with ideas, melody and dynamics.
My favourite song is without a doubt Rise, particularly the climactic section that kicks off at around the 5:30 mark with an absolutely euphoric crunchy yet melodic riff that never fails to get my head nodding.
It’s a great song with multiple sections that subtly plays with tension and expectation. I love the repeating melodic figure that winds like a spring as it slowly rises in pitch and tempo while we are teased with snatches of a warm, distorted 70s rock riff and little start-stop sections.
A huge rumbling middle section almost lumbers to a halt before Baroness build up to the climax mentioned above. Once the song builds up a head of steam, they feel unstoppable. Check the clip below if you don’t know it.