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Baroness Comments On Grammy Nomination

John Baizley of Baroness just issued this statement regarding the band being nominated for a "Best Metal Performance" Grammy award:

“What a surreal morning it has been. I was wakened at 5 a.m. by a massive influx of messages and emails, after 2 days without sleep, on tour in New Zealand and Australia to find out ‘Shock Me’ has been nominated for a Grammy.

"I’m astounded that this happened, and psyched to see that our friends in Gojira are present on the list as well. It’s been an overwhelming year, touring this record, and I’m extremely proud of my friends/bandmates and the whole Baroness family for the dedication and sacrifice that it took to write, record, and release Purple. Thank you, whoever you are that considered us for the nomination.”

Baroness released "Purple," the band’s fourth album now boasting the Grammy-nominated song “Shock Me,” in December of 2015 via Abraxan Hymns. The band is in the midst of an Australian tour, playing tonight at The Triffid in Brisbane. John Baizley was also recently confirmed as the curator of Roadburn Festival 2017.

December 8 Brisbane, Australia The Triffid
December 9 St. Kilda, Australia The Prince Bandroom
December 10 Meredith, Australia Meredith Music Festival
December 12 Adelaide, Australia The Gov
December 13 Perth, Australia Amplifier Bar
April 21 Tilburg, Netherlands Roadburn Festival More...

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2017 Grammy Nominees Revealed

It's Grammy Award nomination time again, which is always an odd experience for metal fans. There's only one actual metal category - Best Metal Performance - and no category for actual metal albums to win.

Best Rock Album occasionally has heavy metal releases, but usually only of the most well known bands that aren't representative of the best metal had to offer in any given year.

In a move that literally left the audience scratching their heads, earlier this year Ghost took home the Best Metal Performance for the 2016 Grammy Awards.

Today the nominees are announced for the upcoming 59th annual 2017 Grammy Awards. These songs are now in the running for Best Metal Performance:

- "Shock Me" by Baroness
- "Silvera" by Gojira
- "Rotting In Vain" by Korn
- "Dystopia" by Megadeth
- "The Price Is Wrong" by Periphery

Alright, it's prediction time: who do you think is going to win the 2017 Grammy Best Metal Performance?

Gojira's "Magma" album also managed to land in the Best Rock Album category alongside the likes of Blink-192, Weezer, and Panic! At The Disco.

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Baroness Posts New Tour Video

Following the first entry from back in August, Baroness just released a second "on the road" video. This one was edited and directed by Jimmy Hubbard and can be seen below. Catch the band live:

Oct 22 Aftershock Festival Sacramento, CA
Oct 31 Thalia Hall Chicago, IL
Nov 06 Sound On Sound Festival Mcdade, TX
Dec 05 Studio Auckland, New Zealand
Dec 07 The Metro Sydney Nsw, Australia
Dec 08 The Triffid Brisbane, Australia
Dec 09 The Prince Bandroom St. Kilda, Australia
Dec 10 Meredith Music Festival Meredith, Australia
Dec 12 The Gov Adelaide, Australia
Dec 13 Capitol Perth, Australia
Apr 21 Roadburn Festival Tilburg, Netherlands More...

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Baroness Tries To Disappear

Baroness, which recently launched a new round of U.S. tour dates in support of "Purple," today premieres a music video for the song “Try to Disappear.” The clip captures one of the band’s live outings in support of the 10-song album.

“The cathartic experience of playing live music has not changed over the 13 years of performing,” John Baizley said in a recent interview with the SF Weekly. “But the sense of relief and release I feel as an adult is as intense, if not more than, when I was younger. The response to this record has been really, really overwhelming. There have been some pretty dramatic changes in the way that our audiences react to our songs, and I couldn’t be happier about that.”

Baroness recently announced an Australian/New Zealand tour for December, marking the band’s first Oceanian shows since the release of "Purple." More...

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Baroness Posts "On The Road' Video

Baroness - which kicks off a new round of U.S. tour dates next Friday, August 12th, in Washington, D.C. - discusses returning to the road in a new video clip available below.

The six-week outing includes stops at a number of festivals such as Hopscotch, Houston Open Air, Psycho Las Vegas and Monster Energy Rock Allegiance. Baroness will also play this year’s Aftershock Festival as well as the newly launched Sound on Sound Festival in McDade, Texas.

“The cathartic experience of playing live music has not changed over the 13 years of performing,” John Baizley said in a recent interview with the SF Weekly. “But the sense of relief and release I feel as an adult is as intense, if not more than, when I was younger. The response to this record has been really, really overwhelming. There have been some pretty dramatic changes in the way that our audiences react to our songs, and I couldn’t be happier about that.” More...

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Psycho Las Vegas Lineup Announced

Psycho Las Vegas is a property-wide music festival taking place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 26th - 28th, 2016.

Brought to you by the curators of Psycho California, the epic event will play host to nearly one-hundred acts from around the world with a heavy focus on riffs, doom, and psychedelia.

Highlights include Alice Cooper, Blue Öyster Cult, Converge, the return of Down, Drive Like Jehu, High On Fire, Sleep, Pentagram, Yob, exclusive 2016 US performances from both Electric Wizard and Candlemass, and so many more.

The fest will also include an interactive backlight chamber, a Boogie Van Blackjack Tournament, film screenings, DJ sets hosted by Scott Ian (Anthrax), Sean "Pellet" Pelletier (Last Days Here), J. Bennet (Ides Of Gemini), Evan Hagen (Psych LV/CA Curator), and Scott Carlson (Rise Above Records) as well as the Psycho Pool Party kick off at the Paradise Pool Stage on August 25th. More...

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Baroness Announces U.S. Tour

Baroness, which just wrapped up an extensive North American tour in support of the "Purple" album, return to the road this summer, kicking off a new round of U.S. dates on August 12th at The Howard Theater in Washington, D.C.

The six-week outing includes stops at a number of festivals including Hopscotch, Houston Open Air, Psycho Las Vegas and Monster Energy Rock Allegiance.

“The cathartic experience of playing live music has not changed over the 13 years of performing,” John Baizley said in a recent interview with the SF Weekly. “But the sense of relief and release I feel as an adult is as intense, if not more than, when I was younger. The response to this record has been really, really overwhelming. There have been some pretty dramatic changes in the way that our audiences react to our songs, and I couldn’t be happier about that.” More...

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Baroness Releases "Shock Me" Video

Baroness kicks off a five-week North American tour later this month and today released a video for the track “Shock Me.”

Filmed in rural Pennsylvania, the video brings to life a number of elements from the incredible artwork Baroness albums are known for. The clip was directed by Don Tyler and John Baizley with art direction by Karen Jerzyk.

Baroness has also named the openers for the band’s tour with Youth Code on all non-festival U.S. dates: Mutoid Man opening shows in Eastern Canada, and Heiress handling dates in Western Canada. More...

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Baroness Adds More Tour Dates

Baroness returns to North America this spring, confirming a first national tour since the release of the band’s fourth album, "Purple."

The tour, which includes stops at the Sasquatch, Project Pabst and Shaky Knees festivals, kicks off on April 29th at the Royale in Boston before wrapping up at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on June 3rd.

Baroness is currently in the midst of a five-week European trek, which triumphantly launched in the city of the band’s now infamous 2012 bus accident, Southampton.

March 8 Barcelona, Spain Razmatazz 2
March 9 Lyon, France Le Transbordeur Club
March 10 Milan, Italy Magazzini Generali
March 11 Zurich, Switzerland Mascott
March 12 Vienna, Austria Flex
March 15 Leipzig, Germany Conne Island
March 16 Munich, Germany Backstage Werk
March 17 Prague, Czech Republic Futurum
March 18 Warsaw, Poland Proxima
March 20 Berlin, Germany SO36
March 21 Cologne, Germany Stollwerck
March 22 Brussels, Belgium AB Theatre
March 23 Utrecht, Netherlands Tivoli de Helling
March 25 Schijndel, Netherlands Passpop Festival
March 26 Hamburg, Germany Gruenspan
March 27 Malmo, Sweden KB
March 29 Stockholm, Sweden Debaser Medis
March 30 Oslo, Norway Rockefeller
March 31 Copenhagen, Denmark Vega Small More...

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Baroness Announces Art Exhibit

Baroness’ John Dyer Baizley and graphic artist Marald Van Haasteren, who partnered on the artwork for new album "Purple," will feature original artwork from the release as well as other individual and collaborative works in a February art exhibit dubbed “Desperation Burns: The Artwork of Purple.”

The exhibit is set to take place at Co Exhibitions in Minneapolis (1101 Stinson Blvd #2). The opening reception, which both Baizley and Haasteren will attend, is slated for February 6th at 7 PM central.

“Marald and I have a long history as friends and artists, and we’re excited to show our work together, most of which was made for the recently released Baroness album, 'Purple,'” explains Baizley. “Marald and I have worked in parallel over the past decade or more, creating covers and images within and around the punk/HC community, and we’re thrilled to finally hang some of our work together. We worked relentlessly on the images and layout for 'Purple,' and would love to share some of this process, in the form of an exhibition of our work in various formats.”

Baizley painted the cover art for "Purple," which will be featured at the exhibit, while Van Haasteren created the multiple interior illustrations as well as the visuals that accompany the various song premieres from the new album. You can catch Baroness supporting the album live on these upcoming tour dates: More...

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Baroness Streaming Full New Album

Thge new Baroness album "Purple" will be released tomorrow - December 18th - but the full release is streaming now via the band's YouTube channel. Check out each and every song below.

Marald van Haasteren, a Dutch-based visual artist, created the accompanying videos for the song premieres, as well as the internal drawings for "Purple." More...

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Baroness Posts New Song Online

Baroness is currently on the road and playing the 89th Street Collective in Oklahoma City this evening. While out touring, the band also releases a new song today from upcoming album "Purple." Check out "Morningstar" below.

You can also hear previous track "Shock Me" at this location. "Purple" will drop December 18th and you can catch the band live on these dates:

December 4 Oklahoma City, OK 89th Street Collective
December 5 Dallas, TX Good Records
December 5 Dallas, TX Double Wide SOLD OUT
December 6 Austin, TX Mohawk SOLD OUT
December 8 Houston, TX Rudyard’s SOLD OUT
December 9 New Orleans, LA Gasa Gasa
December 11 Gainesville, FL 8-BIT Bar SOLD OUT
December 12 Savannah, GA The Jinx SOLD OUT
December 13 Atlanta, GA The Earl SOLD OUT
December 15 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506 SOLD OUT
December 16 Richmond, VA Strange Matter SOLD OUT
December 18 Baltimore, MD Metro Gallery SOLD OUT
December 19 Manayunk, PA Main Street Music
December 19 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s SOLD OUT
December 20 Brooklyn, NY Rough Trade
December 20 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus Bar SOLD OUT
April 23 Mexico City, MX Vive Latino Festival More...

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Baroness Streaming "Shock Me" Single

Baroness just shared a second song from upcoming album "Purple," due out December 18, 2015. Check out the single “Shock Me” in the player below.

“Along with the rest of 'Purple,' the song ‘Shock Me’ represents the net result of an arduous reformation/rehabilitation process following the release of 'Yellow & Green' and the bus accident that nearly ended us,” said singer/guitar player John Baizley of the new song.

He goes on to say, “We were unsure three years ago whether we’d be able to be at this point again; and while it hasn’t been a particularly easy road to get back, it is truly thrilling to feel that familiar anxious excitement that comes before we release a new album and to put new music out into the world. We treasure these moments of excitement, as they have taken on a deeper level of significance in recent years.” More...

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Baroness Posts "Purple" Time Lapse Video

Baroness reveals the cover for the band’s fourth album, "Purple," via a time lapse video that shows John Baizley’s process for creating the album artwork. This clip follows fans piecing together quadrants of the album cover that were revealed via t-shirts shipped last week as part of the band’s deluxe album pre-order bundles. "Purple" is due out on December 18, 2015.

Baizley has done the artwork for all of Baroness’ releases as well as art for Skeletonwitch, Black Tusk, Kvelertak and Kylesa. The latest video is part of a series of clips the band is sharing with fans, documenting the making of "Purple" from line-up changes to recording and now artwork.

Baroness will head out on a series of intimate club shows in late November, with the bulk of the tour already sold out. Tickets for the available dates can be found via this location. More...

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Baroness Posts Video, Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Baroness recently announced the release of fourth album, "Purple" (due out December 18), and will launch a first U.S. tour in support of the ten-song album with a round of intimate performances beginning November 27 at the Ace of Cups in Columbus, Ohio. Dates are available below.

“We’ve been off tour for too long,” said John Baizley. “It’s time for Baroness to start playing shows in the U.S. again. We’re doing a short run through the eastern half of the States, in small clubs, getting our new songs stage ready for 2016. Who knows, maybe we’ll even throw in a few songs from the very early EPs and albums. See you soon…”

In conjunction with the tour announcement, the band has unveiled the official music video for “Chlorine & Wine.” The clip, which was directed by Jimmy Hubbard, gives fans a raw, behind-the-scenes peek into the making of the song, including footage of Baroness writing and rehearsing the track as well as recording at producer Dave Fridmann’s Tarbox Road Studios. More...

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Baroness Announces "Purple" Album

Baroness returns with the band's first new music in three years this December 18 with the release of album, "Purple," via the group's recently formed label, Abraxan Hymns. The first song from the ten-track album, “Chlorine & Wine,” is available now, with an animated clip featuring “Chlorine & Wine” artwork available below.

“After releasing a lengthy and investigative record like 'Yellow & Green' we all felt that we needed to make something much more direct and immediate,” explains band founder and singer John Baizley of the approach behind "Purple."

The album was produced by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, MGMT) at Tarbox Road Studios in the secluded town of Cassadaga, New York.

Baizley goes on to say, “We wanted to write with our normal focus on artistry, balanced against an increased level of energy and focus. It was important for us to write our new songs with the type of enthusiasm and expressiveness that could act as a counterpoint to the album’s dark themes. As a result, the music came out in an intense, heavy and sonically captivating in a new way, which was important, loathe, as we are to fall into any kind of complacency pitfall or formulaic songwriting routine. 'Purple' is the most fully realized representation of our intention as a band; considering the amount of physical and mental energy spent writing it, we have accomplished something which would have seemed impossible to us a couple of years ago.” More...

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Baroness Guitarist Tapped For Samhain Shows

The official Danzig website has been updated with the following announcement about Baroness member Peter Adams joining on for upcoming Samhain shows:

"We can confirm that Peter Adams of Baroness & Valkyrie will be stepping in as special guest guitarist along with Glenn, Steve & London for the just announced Samhain '30 Bloody Years' shows in Sept.- Oct."

Peter Adams adds: "I'm truly excited, It's a great honor to share the stage with Samhain on the 30th Anniversary of Initium! Samhain has helped shape how I've played music, and the music I've listened to, since I was a teenager and will continue to, on into the future. To be a part of this legacy is great beyond words!"

The members of Baroness also stated: "We're incredibly excited to finally start talking about this. Pete might be the biggest Danzig/Misfits/Samhain fan i know, and he'll be playing a series of Samhain-headlining shows this fall, the first full Samhain shows since 1985. I think every musician secretly dreams of joining their favorite band onstage but it never seems to actually happen. We're all really excited for Pete." More...

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Baroness Posts Live Video

Baroness has unveiled a live video for "March To The Sea," which was filmed at the Union Transfer in singer/guitar player John Baizley’s adopted hometown of Philadelphia. Check it out below.

The four-minute clip, which opens with the enthusiastic crowd chanting "welcome back" to the obviously emotional band, highlights Baroness’ first live performance following the well-documented accident that left the band members severely injured. The one year anniversary of that accident just passed earlier this month.

Baroness has been on the road steadily since May, having performed at several festivals including Bonnaroo, Orion Music + More, Lollapalooza and most recently FYF Fest. The band wraps up North American tour dates on September 6 at KISW’s Pain in the Grass before heading to Europe in late September as well as trekking to Australia in February for the Soundwave Festival. More...

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Baroness Comments On Anniversary Of Bus Crash

Last year Baroness was in a bus crash while on tour, which resulted in surgeries and physical therapy as well as months away from active band duty. Baroness has now checked in with the following statement about the 1 year anniversary of the incident:

"Today is the anniversary of the Baroness tour bus crash, a day on which nine passengers, all musicians and crew on a tour-bus bound for Southhampton, UK, could have lost their lives. The miraculous and astoundingly simple fact is that we all survived.

"While I will not speak directly about what anyone individually has gone through since the moment of impact, I can easily say that we have all gotten better and moved on. Yes, there are aches, pains, anxieties and frustrations that accompany us to this day, but they seem somewhat trivial when compared with the imminent end we all thought so certain as our bus plummeted off the viaduct to the ground below.

"None of us has had a particularly easy year, we have all been forced by matter of circumstance to gain a immense level of respect for the severity of our accident. We have all had to heal, in vastly different ways. Similarly, we have each taken uniquely different paths in the wake of rehabilitation and recovery.

"It comes as a great relief to me personally that, in spite of all the trauma and confusion, each of us has, in our beautifully individual way, powered through the dreadful and dark imprint that August 15, 2012 left on us. The strength and focus that each one of us found after that day has been inspiring; we each took our due time, defined a goal through which we could move past that moment, strapped on our proverbial boots and marched forward with resolutely. For some, it took a matter of weeks to get back on tour again; for others it meant changing the personal and professional course of our lives. Not one of us faltered; and we have, each of us, earned this bittersweet anniversary with the help of one other, with our own strength of conviction, our mutual support, and with a passionate tenacity to appreciate and make something positive and constructive of our lives, for which we now have a much deeper appreciation. I love each of you more than I have the capacity to write here, and I can barely relate the gratitude I have for all of those family members, friends, and total strangers who lent us a hand along the way. You were there when we needed it most.

"For my brothers and sisters of the Brassknocker Hill crash. We are bound to one another. Raise a glass, embrace those you love, appreciate the delicate and all-too-brief magnificence of life.

"Once more. Till the wheels fall off..."

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Baroness Streaming Live EP

Baroness is streaming the "Live At Maida Vale" EP (out today via Relapse Records) in its entirety at Alternative Press here.

The four-song EP, which was culled from Baroness’ July 12, 2012 performance at Studio 4 (Maida Vale) on BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show, highlights the quartet’s live prowess and gives the collection of songs an entirely new dynamic.

The release is available digitally and as a highly limited edition 12” with a B-side featuring a silkscreen of John Baizley’s iconic swan image. The track listing is as follows:

1. Take My Bones Away
2. March To The Sea
3. Cocainium
4. The Line Between More...

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