Friday, June 28, 2019

June 28th, 20019 - Gold & Grey Rouge

Good afternoon and happy Friday!  The Meista here today rocking out with a pairing of a tasty Rogue Rouge from Rogue Ales and "Gold & Grey", the latest kickass album from Baroness!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Baroness
  • Title: "Gold & Grey"
  • Recorded: 2019
  • Release date: June 14th, 2019 (5th full-length studio album by Baroness)
  • Record company: Abraxan Hymns
  • Production: Dave Fridmann
  • Album cover art: John Dyer Baizley
  • Personnel: John Dyer Baizley (lead and backing vocals, rhythm guitar, piano, and percussion), Gina Gleason (lead guitar and backing vocals), Nick Jost (bass, synthesizers, and keyboards), and Sebastian Thomson (drums)
  • Musical style: Sludge metal, stoner rock, art rock, pyschedelic rock, progressive metal/rock with elements of post punk and folk rock
  • Sound: Slow, sludgy, heavy, and progressive, Baroness creates a fresh and richly blended musical journey with "Gold & Grey", while giving a nod to bands like Mastodon, Melvins, Black Sabbath, and Fugazi!  They approach their writing and delivery with a truly artisan persona... passionate, heavy as hell, and wholly complex!  Of the album, Baizley stated: "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."
  • Major themes: Power, darkness, introspection, honesty, mythology, life, knowledge, self-reliance, isolation, etc.
  • Tracks:
  1. "Front Toward Enemy"
  2. "I'm Already Gone"
  3. "Seasons"
  4. "Sevens"
  5. "Tourniquet"
  6. "Anchor's Lament"
  7. "Throw Me An Anchor"
  8. "I'd Do Anything"
  9. "Blankets Of Ash"
  10. "Emmett - Radiant Light"
  11. "Cold-Blood Angels"
  12. "Crooked Mile"
  13. "Broken Halo"
  14. "Can Oscura"
  15. "Borderlines"
  16. "Assualt On East Falls"
  17. "Pale Sun"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Rogue Rouge
  • Style: Brut India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 7.5%
  • IBUs: 25
  • Ingredients: 2-Row Malt, Corn Flakes, Rolled Oats, Mosaic hops, Chinook hops, El Dorado hops, Strata hops, Rogue Farms Alluvial hops, Oregon Pinot Noir juice, Pacman Yeast and free range coastal water.
  • Pour: The Rogue Rouge pours a slightly hazy, effervescent, light red hue with an off-white/pinkish, half-finger head that dissipates to a thin crown.
  • Nose: The nose is earthy, dank, citrusy, and fruity.  There are aromas of pine resin, cedar, grapefruit rind, pineapple, grapes, white wine, black tea, and light caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Rogue Rouge is similar to the nose with flavors of pine, grapefruit juice, white wine, berries, grapes, and light toffee.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, the mouthfeel is crisp, smooth, and a little syrupy with a fairly clean finish.

Overall pairing: The originality, unique flavors and aromas, and smoothness of the from Rogue is surprisingly delicious and well-suited for the sludgy grooves and progress of "Gold & Grey" by the mighty Baroness!   Do yourself a favor and check them both out!

Cheers and hails!! 

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