Savannah sludge-prog/hard-rock quartet Baroness are hearing up to release the highly anticipated follow-up to 2015’s Grammy-nominated breakthrough album Purple. All of the group’s albums — starting with its 2007 debut LP Red — have been named for colors, and their new one follows suit. Titled Gold & Grey, the record will also feature original cover artwork by Baroness singer and guitarist John Dyer Baizley, a revered visual artist who has not only created the covers for his band’s past releases but also created pieces for Metallica, Kvelertak, Kylesa and many other notable heavy-music acts.
Baroness recently debuted a new song “Borderlines” live at the kickoff show of their current North American co-headlining tour with Deafheaven, and today, they revealed Baizley’s full cover painting for Gold & Grey, a stunning, almost absurdly detailed piece picturing a trio of scantily clad women wearing elaborate headdresses and necklaces, surrounded by birds and flowers, clutching various symbolic implements.
“This is just the first piece of a much larger puzzle,” Baizley wrote on Instagram, where the painting was unveiled. “Like the forthcoming album itself, it is the result of an intense, tireless, and psychotically convoluted creative process. … This painting was born from a deeply personal reflection on the past 12 years of this band’s history, and will stand as the 6th and final piece in our chromatically-themed records. … Don’t look too closely, you might just see all the hidden elements.” Check it out — and look closely, if you dare — below. No release date for Gold & Grey has been announced as of yet.
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Here is the full cover painting for our new album, Gold & Grey. This is just the first piece of a much larger puzzle. Like the forthcoming album itself, it is the result of an intense, tireless, and psychotically convoluted creative process. Both artistically and musically, Baroness have always taken a no compromise approach towards our releases, and I can’t express strongly enough how excited we are to be so close to the verge of our newest release. This painting was born from a deeply personal reflection on the past 12 years of this band’s history, and will stand as the 6th and final piece in our chromatically-themed records. It has been an absolutely wild ride, a truth much stranger than fiction, with nearly as many low points as there have been highs, but throughout all, this band has offered me an inspired place to express myself and find some level of comfort through our visual and sonic output. I hope you all enjoy this album cover (sorry it’s not called Orange). Don’t look too closely, you might just see all the hidden elements. We want to thank everyone for your heartfelt support over the years, it means the world to us. We also appreciate your continued patience. Gold & Grey will be out soon, and then the real fun begins. I assure you, we have no plans to slow down anytime soon. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ’Til the wheels fall off – – – Roy G. Biv