Savannah, Georgia metal band BARONESS will release its eagerly awaited new album, "Gold & Grey", on June 14 via Abraxan Hymns. The official music video for the disc's first single, "Borderlines", can be seen below.
"Our goal is, was, and will always be to write increasingly superior, more honest and compelling songs, and to develop a more unique and challenging sound," offered BARONESS founder, guitar player and vocalist John Baizley. "I'm sure we have just finished our best, most adventurous album to date. We dug incredibly deep, challenged ourselves and recorded a record I'm positive we could never again replicate.
"I consider myself incredibly fortunate to know Sebastian, Nick and Gina as both my bandmates and my friends. They have pushed me to become a better songwriter, musician and vocalist. We're all extremely excited for this release, which includes quite a few 'firsts' for the band, and we're thrilled to be back on tour to play these psychotic songs for our fans. Expect some surprises."
While "Gold & Grey" found the outfit once again working with "Purple" producer Dave Fridmann (THE FLAMING LIPS, MOGWAI), sequestering themselves at Fridmann's remote upstate New York Tarbox Road Studio, the 17-track album ushered in two significant changes: a decidedly different recording process and guitar player Gina Gleason's debut on a BARONESS recording. The band, who tracked portions of the vocals, guitars and overdubs in Baizley's home-basement studio, another first for the band, eschewed their normal routine of entering the studio with meticulously detailed plans and instead opted for a looser, more improvisational approach that resulted in the band's most collaborative and emotionally evocative release to date.
"On 'Gold & Grey', we have taken some unexpected paths on a labyrinthine sonic adventure. We accepted sounds and styles that have not appeared on previous BARONESS albums, and I'm excited to welcome our fans into our new lair," added drummer Sebastian Thomson.
"Having the chance to create music without any preconceived boundaries was both liberating and intimidating," explained guitar player Gina Gleason. "As we pushed past our fear and comfort zone, the four of us connected in a way that allowed us to create freely, uplift one another and build the unique sonic world that is 'Gold & Grey'.
"As a longtime BARONESS listener, it is exciting to have created something new while still maintaining a deep love and understanding of the band's roots. To say that the making of this record was quite a journey would be an understatement. We are beyond excited to share this experience and music with everyone."
"Gold & Grey" track listing:
01. Front Toward Enemy
02. I'm Already Gone
06. Anchor's Lament
07. Throw Me An Anchor
08. I'd Do Anything
09. Blankets of Ash
10. Emmett-Radiating Light
11. Cold Blooded Angels
12. Crooked Mile
13. Broken Halo
14. Can Oscura
16. Assault on East Falls
17. Pale Sun