Baroness announced her sixth studio album, to forbid, through Sept. 15. At the same time, the band also scheduled a fall 2023 North American tour and shared the video clip for single “Last Word.”
The seven-week “Sweet Oblivion Tour” kicks off October 13 in Baltimore and continues through December 1 in Philadelphia. Notably, the band has tapped leading figures in up-and-coming underground acts to provide support on a regional basis: Jesus Peace, Depict Guilt, Primal Man, Ken Mode, Wayfarer, Chat Pile, File Creature, Soul Glow, Share Mag, Escuela Grind, Midwife , Cheats, Empire State Bastard, Cloud Rat, Imperial Triumphant, Uniform, and Farming (more to be announced).
Live Nation pre-sale begins for select dates Thursday (June 22) at 10am local time via Ticketmaster using code disco. General ticket sales begin Friday (June 23) at 10 a.m. local time. You can also search for deals or purchase tickets to sold-out dates via StubHub, as your purchase is 100% guaranteed by StubHub’s Fan Protection Program.
to forbid It marks the first uncolored LP from Baroness, but sticks to the tradition of showcasing the iconic artwork of guitarist and vocalist John Baizley. Musically, Paisley said the band was caught up in the rush to craft something different from Baroness’ previous work, and “Last Word” displays this creative leap, featuring frantic guitar arrangements—even more progressive than before—and a focus on layered melodies.
“One of the most important qualities in the Baroness is that we don’t like to repeat ourselves,” Paisley stated in a press release. It’s all about willingness to take risks. When I was younger, the whole point of music was to be different, not to do the same, not listen to parents or play by the rules. This is kind of goofy, but in practice, it works. It’s really terrifying when you’re at number six in your career and think you have to keep up with your history instead of constantly innovating. So, we doubled down on continued innovation to see where it takes us. I think this record is a good reflection of that. to forbid More lively and direct.
The Baroness is self-produced to forbid in a private vacation rental in frontier town Barryville, New York. It was mixed by Joe Parisi (Kiosk, Tool) and mastered by Bob Ludwig (Led Zeppelin, Nirvana).
“The recording process was completely self-contained,” said drummer Sebastian Thomsen. “Having just the four of us in a rented house in the mountains for a month not only resulted in a cohesive and authentic sound, but also an intense group mentality.”
to forbid Available for pre-order via the Baroness website in a variety of formats including vinyl (in many colors), CD, double deluxe CD (with live bonus tracks), and cassette tape.
Stream the video for “Last Word” and see album art, track listing, and tour dates below. Get tickets here and for sold-out dates here.
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