Baroness announce triumphant tour that includes June SF stop

It’s impossible to separate Purple, the towering, triumphant album released by Baroness last year, from the near-death van accident that almost spelled the end for the group. The Savannah, Georgia-based band were touring in Europe in 2012, when their van experienced brake failure, sending them tumbling down a steep viaduct in Bath, England. All the occupants survived, but they were left with lingering, severe injuries, forcing two of the members to call it quits and lead singer John Baizley to confront the truth that he very well should have perished in the crash. With their future in doubt, Baroness returned [...]

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Shredification: Spring Metal Preview

Spring is wending its way towards San Francisco, and the improved weather will be accompanied by an array of exciting metal albums and the tours that follow in their wake. Bands both local and national will have new wares on display -- here are a few of the choicest to anticipate. Jucifer - Throned in Blood (April 6th, 2010, Nomadic Fortress Records) No matter how many times I enumerate Jucifer's essential details, they're still completely captivating. To wit, Amber Valentine and Edgar Livengood are the world's heaviest husband-and-wife team. As if that weren't quirky-cool enough, they're also officially nomadic, having [...]

Shredification: Best Metal Albums of 2009

Merry Rotting Christmas, ladies and gentleman, and welcome to the year-end installment of this column. Though other, more industrious writers have cast their vision back across the decade to craft comprehensive lists of goodness, spanning all ten years, this morsel of prose will focus solely on the dying year. Some of 2009's best offerings have already been profiled in my two previous columns, so spots are reserved in my top ten for Baroness' Blue Album , Shrinebuilder's self-titled release, and Gama Bomb's Tales from the Grave in Space. The seven discs to follow round out a ten-spot of metal mastery. [...]

Shredification: Something Old, Something New, Something Brutal, Something Blue

Hails, and welcome to the inaugural post of my metal column for the plenipotentiary Bay Bridged. Tune in the second Sunday of every month for commentary, reviews, and news -- a scattershot attempt to update my loyal (and as-yet nonexistent) readers on the world of heavy metal, hardcore, and punk rock. The Old: Peter Tägtgren has been more active as a producer in the last decade or so, helming albums by Immortal, Dimmu Borgir and Children of Bodom. After the rise and undignified fall of the classic late-90's Swedish Melodic Death Metal sound (I'm looking at you, In Flames), his [...]

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