The old saying "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" may be cliché, but it's particularly true for Baroness. The American metal band were touring the UK shortly after the release of their critically acclaimed double album Yellow & Green in 2012 when disaster struck.
The tour bus they were on fell from a viaduct near Bath in England, and the results were disastrous. Vocalist and guitarist John Baizley almost had to have his arm amputated, and two members actually left the band after both suffering fractured vertebrae. For a while, Baroness looked to be finished, lucky enough to have all survived the crash.
Now, three years later, Baizley and Peter Adams (Lead guitarist) have recruited a new bassist and drummer, and are preparing for the release of their upcoming forth record Purple, and have shared three singles ahead of its release on Friday.
'Chlorine & Wine', 'Shock Me', and 'Morningstar' are all massive tracks that chart the continued progression into progressive material, with the first single giving a nod to Pink Floyd and also referencing their recovery process. I've read several times that Purple is the colour of bruises, the badges proudly worn by the members of Baroness after the accident. Purple is what you get when you add the Red Album and the Blue Record together, the band's first two albums. Whatever you make of it, Baroness are back in a big way.
Purple will be released on 18th December on Abraxan Hymns, the band's own label.