Still standing strong after a car accident and the departure of the rhythm section – Baroness is impetuous, aggressive and very catchy on "Purple".
Things didn't look good for Baroness after their double album "Yellow & Green" released in 2012. While touring for the album they had a serious car accident, that saw the percussion section leave the band. But now, with a new drummer and bassist, the band around singer and guitarist John Baizley is back at work, and the result is the fourth album "Purple". In terms of colour, it is a mix of the first two albums, but "Purple" is in no way the dark, introverted album you would expect from such a series of events. The album, produced by Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, The Flaming Lips) and released on their own label Abraxan Hymns is in fact loaded with energy across the board. "Morningstar" gets off to an aggressive start, "Shock Me", "Kerosene" and "The Iron Bell" keep that trend going, with the quieter "Fugue" and the anthem "Chlorine & Wine" provide a brilliant half-time entertainment in between. "Purple" shows us a Baroness who is stronger than ever.