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BARONESS & UNPERSONS
A GREY SIGH IN A FLOWER HUSK
AT A LOSS

On the split disc titled A GREY SIGH IN A FLOWER HUSK, both Baroness and Unpersons share more than a CD sleeve, as both bands hail from Savannah, GA and play their brand of metal with numerous stylistic slants and shakeups. Baroness is up first and throw down some weird and weighty slabs of stoner doom rock with a slew of intricate parts interwined in their two-song, near 20 minute slot. Sludgy, groovy, meaty, and filling, the 12:10 "Cavite" fuses heavy and progressive rock with a menacing metallic might for a truly exquisite listening experience. Up next is the nervous noise rock meets Southern sludge metal of Unpersons, whose four song contribution displays this outfit's love for unsettling dissonance and distress, especially on the spastically-shifted "Number". There's a lot of Faith No More in their Crowbar as tracks like the heavy-handed hysteria of "Dry Hand" show, while "Black Finnegan" pays homage to fellow statesmen Mastodon with a riveting display of precise rhythmic and percussive gymnastics, all unfolding while the band drinks another bottle of whiskey and injects a bit of Black Flag mental and musical breakdown. All in all, this split disc renders a kick-ass twin bill which hurls hulking riffs and syrupy grooves relentlessly throughout for a wild ride through the underground in Southern metal.
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