Track Premiere: Baron – “Hands of Sin…”

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Trailblazers.

On April 26, Finnish barnburners Baron will release their first LP Beneath the Blazing Abyss on the inimitable Transcending Obscurity Records. Back in January, I told everyone to hold on for dear life when the band’s first single dropped via the label’s 2024 sampler. “Primordial Possession” is 7 minutes of Xibalba-esque death/doom that revealed the band’s hardcore past. Sure, they’ve moved on from the metallic hardcore of 2018’s Life Trap, but you can still sense that energy in the band’s approach to ferocious death metal.

Since January, we’ve been treated to two more singles—”Incinerated Evil” and “Bound to the Funeral Pyres”—that keep stoking the hypeflames. “Incinerated Evil” is akin to “Primordial Possession” as it blisters through monstrously riffed-out death metal a la Rottrevore and Convulse, barely letting the listener escape the inferno. “Bound to the Funeral Pyres” drags you down into the pits of Hell, with a slow and torturous opening that inverts the death/doom paradigm to be far more doom/death before the band rips off a two-minute blistering attack that dips into the Swedish sounds of labelmates Feral and Crawl. From there, the band brings things back to a crawling pace, forlorn notes like flames licking up out of the pyre. Fans of Amorphis, particularly earlier records, will find a lot to like here.

Today, we’re more than stoked to premiere the album’s 4th single, the absolutely blazing “Hands of Sin…” Not even eclipsing 4 minutes, “Hands of Sin…” is a devouring and scorching onslaught of blastbeats, huge stomp-mosh riffs that again harken back to the band’s hardcore past, and combustible neck-snapping breakdowns. It’s a track that is simply always exciting and one that will leave you “swallowed by fires.”

About Beneath the Blazing Abyss, the band has this to say:

“We are so pleased with how Beneath the Blazing Abyss turned out. Our idea definitely was to combine all these different influences from various genres and create something more unique and different. Not to sound overly pretentious, but we think there are already enough bands playing this overly safe death metal. The songs on Beneath the Blazing Abyss were composed in ‘linear’ structures, meaning that there is little to no repetition. That might require more repeated listens from the listener, but that makes the songs more exciting and rewarding. April 26th can’t come soon enough, hope you enjoy the new single! Remember to pre-order Beneath the Blazing Abyss! Cheers!”

Enjoy this exclusive stream of the band’s 4th single and be sure to pre-order the album ASAP. And then, once you’ve streamed this exclusive premiere, do it again, and then go back and listen to the tracks I mentioned earlier, and order me a motherfuckin’ tanktop!

Beneath the Blazing Abyss drops April 26
on Transcending Obscurity Records.
Get your shit together and buy it already!

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