I finally noticed that Amazon had gotten into the streaming music game with Prime Music. Since I already pay these guys eighty bucks a year for Amazon Prime, I figured I’d give ‘em a shot. I installed the Amazon Music app on my phone, and got on their website to check out their heavy metal selection. I found several old favorites, like Blizzard of Ozz and Powerslave, but I also found some new bands to try. One of them is an act called Baroness.

I admit it, I added their albums to my library on the strength of their covers. Just look at them.

Baroness: Red Album

Baroness: Red Album

Baroness: Blue Record

Baroness: Blue Record

Baroness: Yellow and Green

Baroness: Yellow and Green

These are some gorgeous covers, reminiscent of both 1970s rock and metal and art nouveau. The music seems reminiscent of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Marshall Tucker Band, and the Allman Brothers, which shouldn’t surprise me since Baroness hails from Savannah, Georgia.

Their Red Album and Blue Record also reminds me of The Sword’s first albums, Age of Winters and Gods of the Earth. There’s plenty of progressive material in here as well. I’m not sure what to make of Yellow and Green yet, but there’s a serious groove to be found in “Take My Bones Away”.

I regret not discovering Baroness sooner, but I’ve said the same about just about every band I like, from Coheed and Cambria all the way back to the Blue Oyster Cult and Black Sabbath. It’s not that I want the hipster cred. Trust me when I say don’t have the figure for skinny jeans.

Actually, Baroness kinda reminds me a bit of the BOC. I think it’s the guitar work, and the emphasis on tight drumming and bass. Why not give ‘em a listen using the SoundCloud widget below, and decide for yourself? Just keep in mind that their material from Yellow and Green is different from their older albums. Good stuff, either way.

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