2023’s most jaw-dropping metal solo? Gina Gleason proves Telecasters can shred on new Baroness single Last Word

Gina Gleason and John Baizley of Baroness perform at the Tons Of Rock Festival on June 23, 2022 in Oslo, Norway.
(Image credit: Rune Hellestad-Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

US metal staples Baroness have returned with Last Word, their first new material since 2019’s Gold & Grey – and it’s clear the band have been practicing in the intervening years.

Driven by frontman John Baizley and lead guitarist Gina Gleason’s distinctively grinding riffage – a combination of the unconventional-for-metal Rickenbacker and Telecaster tonal pairing – the track is already winning some serious acclaim for Gleason’s astonishing guitar solo.

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Michael Astley-Brown
Editor-in-Chief, GuitarWorld.com

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.