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Heavy Metal Band Baroness Hit Australian Road This December

Wednesday 31 August 2016

Heavy Metal Band Baroness Hit Australian Road This December

The barometer of excitement just hit its utmost height as American heavy metal band Baroness announced their eagerly-awaited return to Australia, with their first ever headline tour this December.

Kicking off in Sydney, the band continue around the country playing shows in Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

Baroness previously supported Metallica on their 2010 Australian tour and were last here in 2014 for the Soundwave festival. In addition to their headline dates, they’ll also grace this year's Meredith Music Festival.

Formed in 2003, the band started off in their local Savannah scene, booking their own tours and silk-screening their own shirts. Founded by artist/musician John Baizley (vocals, guitar), the four-piece line-up includes Pete Adams (guitar, vocals), Nick Jost (bass, keyboards) and Sebastian Thomson (drums).

Over their 13-year old career, they have released a colourful assortment of albums, specifically the Red Album, Blue Record, Yellow & Green and most recently, Purple. The band’s first two releases firmly cemented their spot in the hard rock world (metal mags worldwide awarded Album of the Year accolades for the Red and Blue albums), but it was the melodic double album, Yellow & Green that expanded Baroness’ audience, kicking off with a Top 30 chart debut in the U.S. and a spot on year-end best of lists from music outlets worldwide.

The band announced the formation of their own label, Abraxan Hymns (partnered with Cooking Vinyl Records in Australia), in late 2015 as well as the release of Purple, a 10-track collection recorded in upstate New York with producer Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev).

In the months since release, the collection has garnered universal praises, with Pitchfork saying Purplefeatures “some of the biggest, strong songs Baroness has ever written,” Entertainment Weekly calling the album “their finest release yet,” Rolling Stone Australia dubbing it “the most dynamic, robust guitar album this year,” Mojo echoing those sentiments, saying “Baroness have delivered their masterpiece: an album grounding their cosmic heaviosity with earthbound, compelling drama”.

Don't dare miss Baroness live this December!