If you already like Baroness then I'm preaching to the choir, I know. But this is one of those albums you put on, and on the very first listen you know it's a classic. I mean, straight up classic, a no doubter.
Baroness straddle a cauldron of sludge metal, southern and progressive rock. Throw in some scale of dragon, tooth of wolf, Witches' mummy and a bit of the ravin'd salt-sea shark. Make the gruel thick and slab, and you've got Blue Record.
Red Album ruled, but Blue Record is sublime. New guitarist/vocalist Pete Adams must have some freakish synergy with main-man John Baizley. The album is wall to wall riffage, with acoustic passages and fuzzy leads that channel Blue Öyster Cult. The scariest thing is that some guitar lines here make me think of Hendrix. No shitting.
I guess the most righteous aspect of Blue Record is that all the melodies ring true. The vocals are original and infectious. If you don't walk around singing these songs you are an android. All the parts of this stew are scrumptious. The drumming and bass are fantastic. The production is perfectly innocuous.
You won't have to take my word for it - I can assure you this will be the album of the year for many people. I'd recommend this to all but the most brutal of my metal friends.