purpleUm, yeah. Wow. Relentless from the first refrain, it’s not surprising that Baroness have released their fourth album just in time for end of year lists; it’s the album 2015 has been waiting for.

Whereas previous effort Yellow & Green was a slow grow, the band’s promise that Purple was to be “direct and immediate” is very quickly realised. Every bit as dramatic and daring as Ghost’s Meloria but infinitely heavier, Purple will sit beside Ghost’s effort as a premium example of the progressions in power metal that 2015 produced.

Purple is out now via Cooking Vinyl.

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