I didn’t go to the Meshuggah/Baroness/Decapitated show when it came through town — I’ve never been a huge Meshuggah guy, honestly — but my friend Aaron did, and as he recalls it, Baroness were not received well by those in attendance.

“There were a lot of shouts of ’PLAY SOME FUCKING METAL,’” Aaron told me the next day. “Some random audience member screamed at the top of his lungs in between songs: ’I DIDN’T COME BACK FROM AFGHANISTAN TO HEAR THIS SHIT!’”

I was not happy to receive this news — I was a big fan of the Georgia quartet’s first two LPs, 2007′s Red Album and 2009′s Blue Record, and it always bums me out when fans heckle bands for not being heavy enough — but now that I’ve heard the forthcoming Yellow & Green, I can’t help but wonder: What the hell did those guys at the Meshuggah show expect to begin with? The new material is an evolution, yes, but it’s hardly a Black Album-level jump into the mainstream. If anything, Baroness were already there.

“March To The Sea” is the album’s second single and it can be heard here. Polished? Sure, but it contains no ingredients that were not used in similar proportions on Red or Blue: galloping tribal drums, acrobatic guitar work worthy of Built To Spill, frontman John Dyer Baizely’s muscular bellow, some spacy, reverb-y stuff, a spiraling lead at the climax, and voila: another terrific track from one of the best hard rock (if not heavy metal) bands in America.

And if you missed it, here’s the album’s fantastic first single, “Take My Bones Away.”

Yellow & Green is out 7/17 on Relapse.

Comments (6)
  1. First things first — Who is this “Michael Nelson” character who has emerged as a Stereogum author by-line over the past week. Are you Tom’s replacement? And can I rely on you to post about Ceremony, Trash Talk, punk and hardcore-leaning music in general?

    Second of all, this song is really good — but Pitchfork “Best New Track” good? Those guys over there are on the right path when it comes to picking out decent metal and hardcore but they tend to go apeshit over the “lighter” poppy tracks by bands like Torche and Baroness that it makes me think they just want every hard rock band to become a pop rock band,

    • Michael_,

      I neither could nor would attempt to replace Tom (who hasn’t gone anywhere anyway!). I’m the site’s new news editor. I used to edit/write here and here. I know/write more about metal than punk/hardcore but obviously there are lots of places those genres overlap.

      I agree that Best New Track seems a little overly generous. I’m not sure how Pitchfork picks and chooses BNM, but as far as metal is concerned, at least, I’d guess they go for music with a broader appeal, hence Torche (whose new album I love) and Baroness and even WITTR, etc. But I’m really impressed by their metal coverage of late, and I’m not exactly surprised that Revenge didn’t get a BNM tag.

      • Welcome! I’ve been out of the loop on inner-’Gum happenings, but I look forward to having another heavy-listening contributor join the ranks of this here my home away from home away from home.

  2. pitchfork are closet POppist

  3. “polished” is a relative term when using it to describe any of their records. “more polished than red and blue” is more like it.

  4. actually i like march to the sea than the take my bones track. i hear some nickelback in that one

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