Savannah, Ga. sludgemeisters Baroness' upcoming album 'Yellow & Green' is set for release on July 17 via Relapse Records. The band will hit the road toward the end of April, including a stint opening for Meshuggah.

After touring nonstop for the past several years, Baroness decided to take all of 2011 off to focus on the album. "We had been on tour for eight years, and we decided to take a break from our adventure to dig our heels in at home and write a new record," explains frontman John Baizley. "We spent the entirety of the past year dedicating ourselves to the new album. Without the break from touring and the time we took to rest and reflect, we would have been entirely unable to write this new record.. We have become re-inspired. Now it's time to get back out on the road."

In a recent interview, Baizley describes the songs on 'Yellow & Green' as having a broader palette than their previous albums.  He also says the material is less aggressive, more direct, and also a little hookier than what they have done in the past.

Baizley also did the artwork for 'Yellow & Green,' which reunites Baroness with John Congleton (Xiu Xiu, Explosions in the Sky), who produced the band's critically acclaimed 2009 release 'Blue Record.' That disc received numerous accolades, including being named 2009’s Album of the Year by Decibel Magazine along with appearing on year-end "best of" lists from publications including Village Voice, Revolver, Rock Sound and Metal Hammer.

Baroness and Royal Thunder Tour Dates:

4/25 -- Columbus, Ohio -- Ace of Cups
4/26 -- St. Louis, Mo. -- Firebird
4/27 -- Nashville, Tenn. -- The End

Meshuggah and Baroness Tour Dates:

4/29 -- Houston, Texas -- House of Blues
4/30 -- Dallas, Texas -- House of Blues
5/1 -- Austin, Texas -- Emo's East
5/3 -- Tempe, Ariz. -- Marquee Theatre
5/4 -- Anaheim, Calif. -- House of Blues
5/5 -- West Hollywood, Calif. -- House of Blues
5/6 -- San Francisco, Calif. -- The Fillmore
5/8 -- Vancouver, British Columbia -- Commodore Ballroom
5/9 -- Seattle, Wash. -- Showbox at the Market
5/11 -- Denver, Colo. -- Ogden Theatre
5/13 -- Minneapolis, Minn. -- First Avenue
5/15 -- Chicago, Ill. -- House of Blues
5/16 -- Detroit, Mich. -- St. Andrew's Hall
5/17 -- Toronto, Ontario -- Sound Academy
5/18 -- Philadelphia, Pa. -- Theatre of Living Arts
5/19 -- Worcester, Mass. -- The Palladium
5/20 -- Montreal, Quebec -- Olympia de Montreal
5/22 -- Silver Spring, Md. -- The Fillmore Silver Spring
5/23 -- New York, N.Y. -- Terminal 5