Baroness has announced their fifth studio album, “Gold & Grey,” a follow up to 2015’s “Purple,” which earned the band its first Grammy Award nomination.
The new double album is set to drop on June 14. They released the new single “Borderline” with the announcement.
Baroness formed in Savannah around frontman and SCAD graduate John Baizley, who’s artwork has appeared on all of the band’s covers. He’s also done cover artwork for Savannah’s Kylesa and Black Tusk. The band moved out of the area a number of years ago, but returned in December of 2015 to play The Jinx, the Savannah club where they got their start.
Since they were beating around Savannah, Baroness has survived a brutal bus crash, played major festivals like South By Southwest, Coachella and Bonnaroo and have toured in support or shared the stage with Metallica, Clutch, Meshuggah, Janes Addiction, Mastodon, Deftones and Faith No More.
The song “Shock Me” from “Purple” was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. Megadeth’s “Dystopia” took home the award.
“It’s not ordinary that a band like Baroness could get nominated,” Baizley told the Savannah Morning News at the time. “However, I’d be lying if I didn’t confess that it is also a strange and surreal experience. A Grammy nod was never on our minds as we were writing or recording our last album.
“I don’t mean to sound dismissive, but I’ve always thought that the award itself was something you had to actually aim towards and fight for. Normally, when you are put on the short list for a nomination, you at least get a heads-up. No one on our team saw this one coming, and it really surprised us all. It’s certainly an incredible circumstance.”
With the announcement of “Gold & Grey,” Baizley released the following statement:
“Our goal is, was, and will always be to write increasingly superior, more honest and compelling songs, and to develop a more unique and challenging sound. I’m sure we have just finished our best, most adventurous album to date. We dug incredibly deep, challenged ourselves and recorded a record I’m positive we could never again replicate.
“I consider myself incredibly fortunate to know Sebastian, Nick and Gina as both my bandmates and my friends. They have pushed me to become a better songwriter, musician and vocalist. We’re all extremely excited for this release, which includes quite a few “firsts” for the band, and we’re thrilled to be back on tour to play these psychotic songs for our fans. Expect some surprises.”