It's good to be Baroness in 2010. Despite being the only band in the history of the world to move to Savannah, Georgia to make it big - the boys from Nowheresville, Virginia are carving out a big niche for themselves in the metal world.
Baroness' second album "Blue Record" came out earlier this year to critical huzzahs declaring it a headbanger's masterpiece. One listen reveals that the band has spent a lot of time absorbing musical cues from their recent tourmates Torche and Mastodon. Torche's brand of vocal melody is infused in jams like "The Sweetest Curse." Mastodon's recent foray into classic rock is echoed in Baroness' evoking Iron Maiden and Hawkwind at the same time in the intro to "Jake Leg." When combined with Baroness' hardcore metal roots - those influences result in a powerful musical alloy that could very well be the next big thing amongst the jean jacket crowd.
To promote "Blue Record" Baroness is opening stateside for alt-metal troublemakers the Deftones Wednesday night at The Fillmore. After their run with The Deftones - Baroness head down under with Metallica for an arena run that's sure to have them both winning fans and dodging the occasional beer bottle shower.
So if you make it down to the Fillmore at 8:30 sharp, you may very well hear the sound of the future. But if you're late, you may be stuck in a 90 minute nu metal nightmare. And be sure to wear some protective clothing, as in their younger days the Deftones were known to be a riot onstage.