Album – First and Second
Artist – Baroness
Purchased From – Robotic Empire
Baroness is, without a doubt, one of (if not THE) hottest bands in the land of underground metal. Well, if you want to consider a band that’s coming off opening for a revitalized Metallica on their recent Australia run ‘underground’ anymore. Their last two albums (‘Red Album’ and ‘Blue Album’) are not only classics but two of the most coveted pieces of vinyl for a lot of collectors to get their hands on. So, when Hyperrealist announced they’d be repressing the bands first 2 EPs on one handy record you know damn well people got excited. If you’re not familiar with the releases musically they have that familiar Baroness feel/sound but lyrically it’s a lot more harsh/gruff. Very solid releases and a must for anyone who’s into Baroness but might not have been familiar with their early work.
As for the releases themselves, I’ll turn it over to what Hyperrealist had to say about them;
After several pressings of the original EP releases and a little time spent out of print, here they are released together on one LP – remixed, remastered and better than ever. The art and packaging here is very similar to the CD reissue that came out last year with a gatefold jacket, matte varnish and foil stamps. 2,000 copies were pressed in this pressing – 1,000 black, 500 opaque red and 500 olive green.
I snagged one of the Olive greens but, after getting it I’ve got to say it’s more of an Olive green swirl of sorts. No big deal, I think it looks pretty bad ass regardless. It is also worth mentioning that these come in a gatefold that does a really good job of incorporating the artwork into the overall design of that. Overall a REALLY good release by the gang at Hyerrealist and a must have if you’re into heavy music even a little bit.