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The rule of three completes its band member cull with Baroness

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It’s fair to say that Georgian metal band Baroness have had a turbulent twelve months. After releasing the fantastic Yellow & Green, their third (and technically fourth) studio album(s) in July last year – which made no fewer than four (1, 2, 3, 4) of our staff’s year-end best-of lists – they immediately went on tour, and in the dark countryside near the UK city of Bath that August they were involved in a horrific automotive accident. Their tour bus went off what was functionally a cliff, and despite suffering no fatalities amongst the tour party, the band are still recuperating, seven months on.

The fallout has clearly been as much psychological as it was physical, and has led to a statement being released on the band’s website yesterday, which culminated in the news that long-term drummer Allen Blickle and bassist Matt Maggioni have decided to step down from their positions in the band.

It completes a three-fer of band members leaving bands for whatever reason, with The Contortionist and Monuments losing their respective vocalists since last week (it’s not the end of the world, though). Frontman John Dyer Baizely said of the departures:

[quote-symbol symbol1]The details of their departure are not sensational; they do not come with hard feelings. Nor are the details going to be public; suffice it to say we’d like to keep to ourselves the finer points of this situation, to respect the privacy of all involved. While the nine of us must respect the significance of the bus accident in Bath, we must also move away from it and get back to our lives. Simply put, some of the effects and injuries were severe enough to prohibit further activity in Baroness

The full statement also states that replacements are already in place, so there’ll be none of the ‘open audition’ process that sometimes goes along with band member departures.

Despite the accident, Baroness have been back performing, with an acoustic video of “Stretchmarker” just before Christmas, which was a precursor to an appearance at SXSW earlier this month.

No word on anything more substantial, but they are definitely continuing, for which we are all thankful.

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