BARONESS

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Baroness formed in 2003, slugging it out in their local Savannah, Georgia scene while adhering to a DIY punk ethic, booking their own tours and silk-screening their own shirts. In 2007, they put out their critically acclaimed debut, the sludgy, guitar-banging Red Album, which heavy-metal magazine Revolver named Album of the Year. They followed it up two years later with the heavier Blue Record, extreme-metal magazine Decibel's Album of the Year. But it was on their last release, the 2012 double-album Yellow & Green, where they really opened up, exploring a slightly lighter touch with more accessible vocals andalt-rock arrangements, leading to a Top 30 chart debut in the U.S. and Spin declaring it the "Metal Album of the Year." Unfortunately, the group would not be fully able to enjoy Yellow & Green's success and accolades. 

In August 2012, less than a month after Yellow & Green came out, Baroness were on tour driving in England when their bus broke through a guardrail on a viaduct near Bath and plummeted nearly 30 feet to the ground below. Through some miracle, none of the nine passengers died, though Baizley broke his left arm and left leg and the group's rhythm section at the time, bassist Matt Maggioni and Allen Blickle, both suffered fractured vertebrae.

Baizley spent two-and-a-half weeks immobile in a hospital and then months to recover from his injuries, but when he did, he and Adams decided to keep the group going.

Once Baizley was ready to get moving again, the first matter at hand was to find a rhythm section, since Maggioni and Blickle had both split amicably with the group.

With a new lineup in place, the group embarked a "thank you tour," to the fans who stood by the band in its darkest hour. Baroness spent the time since then getting ready for their next chapter, setting up their own indie label, Abraxan Hymns, and writing songs for Purple.

When the group finally got to work out the tunes in the studio, they did so with a producer whom Baizley has always been eager to work with: Dave Fridmann. Fridmann helped the group construct a sonic habitat for all of Purple's unique sounds and also helped them make the most of themselves.

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