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Gold & Grey

Gold & Grey is the fifth studio album by American heavy metal band Baroness, released on June 14, 2019, on the band's own label, Abraxan Hymns. As with previous releases by the band, the album's artwork was designed by front-man and lead singer John Dyer Baizley. The album is the band's first to feature new guitarist Gina Gleason and was mastered by frequent Flaming Lips collaborator Dave Fridmann who also produced Baroness' previous album. The first single from the album, "Borderlines", was released in March 2019. - Wikipedia

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  • Pitchfork

    Post-rock, space rock, prog rock, psychedelic rock, grungy Alice in Chains-eyeing hard rock—it’s all here, and since it’s Baroness, it works.  

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  • NPR

    Baroness has redigested every sound of the band's career thus far and synthesized it into something greater. Gold & Grey is the sound of a band becoming a universe unto itself. 

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  • Stereogum

    Gold & Grey is the best thing Baroness have ever done. 

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  • Metal Injection

    Among the rich palette of colors and sounds Baroness has crafted, Gold & Grey is the brightest and most striking of them all.  

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  • NME

    The metal band have battled through adversity (and near-death) to make a life-affirming record.  

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  • Sonic Perspectives

    Gold & Grey is an appropriate end for the band’s color-named string of albums, and a triumphant return.  

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  • Invisible Oranges

    Cherish it. Music this good doesn’t come around every day. 

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  • Pop Matters

    Just about every listener—no matter their history or prior opinions—will deem Gold & Grey Baroness' masterpiece.  

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  • Metal Sucks

    Spontaneously melancholy and invigorating, Gold & Grey perfectly encapsulates how Baroness excel at reaching shining peaks and descending into gloomy valleys.  

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  • The Young Folks

    Gold & Grey has something for everyone, beautifully capturing all of the varied reasons to admire Baroness. 

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  • The Line of Best Fit

    The best heavy metal bands have always been those that push hardest against the confines of the genre, break on through to the other side, and lay the foundations for other bands to build skyward.  

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  • Consequence of Sound

    The band’s fifth studio LP makes for a culmination of all their passion and discipline.  

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  • Treble Zine

    They’re still going, still challenging themselves, still moving the goalposts that much farther out. 

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  • The 405

    On their fifth full-length, Gold & Grey, Baroness explore the darkness that pervades a life lived in the shadow of trauma.  

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  • Heavy Blog is Heavy

    There’s a flow to the record that allows each song to flow into the next and creates an experience more than just a collection of songs. It may go down as the best record Baroness has made and truly one of the highlights of 2019. 

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  • Erie Reader

    The record is filled with epic moments, emotional passages, with complicated, technical leads around every corner, fit for fans of any genre.  

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  • Chorus

    It’s fitting that a masterpiece like Gold & Grey will finish the color spectrum a decade after Blue marked their arrival. Highly recommended. 

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  • Exclaim

    Baroness have outdone themselves with Gold & Grey. Armed with a fresh sound and well-honed talent, they are finally ready to be recognized as one of the most important bands in modern rock music.  

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  • Band Wagon

    Every Baroness fan may have their varied opinions on what the best record may be, but there’s no denying that Gold & Grey is the storybook ending to the band’s beloved chromatic-themed series.  

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  • All Music

    Here, thanks to maturity, Fridmann's mix, and uncanny sequencing, every song fits seamlessly inside each proceeding one, delivering a mercurial yet satisfying whole that makes Gold & Grey the band's finest outing to date, if not their masterpiece.  

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  • Forbes

    Baroness have delivered their most diverse record to date, and they continue to show their masterful musicianship after each release. 

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  • Brooklyn Vegan

    Gold & Grey doesn’t feel split into two distinct parts; it’s one, lengthy album where anything goes from start to finish. 

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  • Inquirer

    It’s easily their softest album, filled with acoustic and instrumental passages between trademark high-wire set pieces for Baizley and new lead guitarist Gina Gleason.  

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  • Metal Nation

    There’s not really anything left for me to say here other than to declare that it is firmly my opinion that Gold & Grey is a stunning work of art and the crown jewel in the Baroness catalogue to this point. 

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  • Kill Your Stereo

    While ‘Gold & Grey’ is being hailed elsewhere as the group’s masterpiece, I feel that that’s perhaps a little too strong a statement. The record’s overall composition feels directionless at times, lacking the refined purpose of ‘Blue Record’ or ‘Purple’, and the track sequencing itself feels bloated with distracting filler. However, when the band fires on all creative cylinders, they manage to unfurl a collection of hook-laden, rock’n’roll bangers strong enough to rival the very best in their back catalogue.  

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  • The Void Report

    The album has plenty of compelling and captivating material to digest. With each spin of Gold & Grey, you will uncover another layer of beautiful melodies  

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  • Riff Magazine

    With an expanded sonic reserve, standard-setting arrangements and memorable motifs, Gold & Grey is a must for fans of powerful, nuanced, proficient rock. 

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  • Everything is Noise

    Whether or not this moment in the history of Baroness is fleeting or the new normal, it’s a moment that should be recognized as their greatest. 

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  • Pure Grain Audio

    Gold & Grey is a staggering effort by a band that refuses to give up and seeks to both progress and succeed, artists that have found their niche and won’t stop until they have eked out every last drop of music that they can produce together.  

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  • Heavy Music Headquarters

    Overproduced and saturated with effects, then mastered and brickwalled to within an inch of its life, Gold & Grey is similar to Purple in that it sounds horrible.  

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  • Ultimate Guitar

    Despite some imperfections, the album is a strongly endearing listen throughout, and it deserves the critical praise it is likely to achieve.  

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  • Blogcritics

    One could say that Blue Record was the peak of Baroness’s metal prowess, but Gold & Grey is their crowning achievement.  

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  • Wall of Sound

    Overall, the greatness of the songs Gold & Grey cannot be overstated. Baroness have crafted the most enjoyable songs of their entire discography; hitting the sludgy, gritty highlights, and the acoustic, emotional ones too.  

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  • The Soundboard

    Gold & Grey feels like a fitting next step for a band constantly evolving and challenging themselves, and when there are moments where this could easily be their most challenging release to date, it all comes together regardless of anything else.  

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  • Get Rocked

    Overall, Gold & Grey is an album that proves Baroness have not only thought outside the box, but proven that no defined box will ever fit Baroness.  

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  • Astral Noize

    This is hard rock as art; beautiful, powerful and moving. 

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  • Vinyl Chapters

    Baroness return with an ambitious and expansive record, and the results are stunning.  

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  • Dead Press

    Baroness have truly come into their own, and ‘Gold & Grey’ deserves to be remembered as a record that truly transcends the boundaries of the genre that it came from. With some justice, Baroness‘ rise should only continue further.  

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  • Ghost Cult Magazine

    Without trying to top the previous album, they have yet again found new ways to express their art. Excuse me while I go to the dollar store for a new box of tissues, or ten.  

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  • Media Mikes

    Despite “Gold & Grey” having a few too many slow moments for my liking the songs that weren’t balls to the wall rockers were still enjoyable making this an album I would certainly recommend checking out.  

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  • Alt Dialogue

    Excellent stuff. It’s an appropriate end to the colour albums and paves the way forward for the band.  

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  • Bloody Good Music

    It's a great record that I can't listen to. Maybe my ears are too sensitive. Maybe you won't notice the problems I do. If so, good for you. You get to enjoy some good music. I'm not going to lie and say I'll be among you. 

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  • The Weekender

    Baroness’ ‘Gold & Grey’ nearly perfect, but undone by messy mixing. 

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  • Unsung Melody

    Gold & Grey is but a tip of the iceberg with what the new incarnation of Baroness can do. This excellent album is an explicit reminder of the sheer amount of talent and creativity that inhabit each member. The emotion that is shared throughout each note and beat is inherently, and intentionally, visceral and vibrant.  

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  • Music mxdwn

    Overall, the album is masterfully constructed and Baroness continues to produce albums that should be listened to. 

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  • The Weekly Spoon

    Along with the elegance and vulnerability that Baroness offers in their lyrics make them disguising yet relatable.  

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  • Smells Like Infinite Sadness

    Southern act sheds its metal skin in exchange of emotive anthems and experimental textures. 

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  • GBHBL

    Is it as good as some of their previous work? Honestly, no. It has great tracks but is a little too confused and times and has far too many interludes that offer very little but a distraction from what you actually want to hear.  

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  • Inside the Setlist

    Gold & Grey is a must listen for Progressive Rock fans!  

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  • Knac

    Unpolished is one thing, but Gold & Grey seems somehow unfinished – as if someone got handed the rough mixes and never completed the job.  

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  • Punktastic

    ‘Gold & Grey’ represents progression, healing, perseverance and ultimately, triumph. It’s the sixth and final piece in their chromatically-themed records, and cements their legacy as one of the finest metal bands of our time. 

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  • Beat

    ‘Gold & Grey’, is their most daring venture yet.  

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  • Earbuddy

    Baroness have made better albums in my opinion, so don’t fully buy the masterpiece hype. But you better believe all the indie blogs will be talking about them again whenever they chase the rainbow once again.  

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  • Nevermore Horror

    The album, however, on paper, checks all the boxes of a great work of art, but I think there is something fundamentally amiss.  

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  • Metal Insider

    ‘Gold & Grey’ by Baroness is their strongest and most complete record to date. 

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