|» Baroness 2012 07 03||
Finally getting to see Baroness live, I had some pretty high expectations which were all met. From the first seconds of A Horse Called Golgotha to the last echoes of Grad, the band gave it their all with an energetic show full of adrenaline, sweat and great riffs. Their mix of progressive metal, rock and hardcore worked almost insanely well live, with top-notch performances from all of the band members.
The setlist contained five songs from their upcoming album, Yellow & Green, which hasn't yet been released and I had the privilege of listening a lot to it beforehand via the record label. The new songs definitely got the audience going but the songs that received the biggest cheers were Swollen And Halo, The Sweetest Curse and Jake Leg, all from the fantastic Blue Album. The lights onstage were synchronized to the songs to the degree that they matched the corresponding album color. Considering the length of the gig they couldn't have chosen better songs to play and I'm still thrilled by the fact that they played Jake Leg, one of my absolute favourite songs of theirs.
One of the highlights of the evening was when vocalist/guitarist John
Baizley crowd surfed while playing a guitar solo. Another was when the
last song was announced and the audience started cheering "three
more songs". The atmosphere was phenomenal and with this being the
first club gig on their European tour, the band seemed overwhelmed by
the enthusiastic crowd. Their tour could hardly have gotten a better start.
Performance: 9 chalices