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Haarp are a New Orleans sludge metal band. There have been a fair number of those since the '80s, most notably Crowbar, Eyehategod, and Acid Bath. But haarp chisel a unique niche for themselves, and it starts with vocalist Shaun Emmons, who sounds more like Behemoth frontman Nergal (that is, more like a blast furnace) than any of his Big Easy peers. He enunciates clearly, making all his lyrics (about being disconnected, stranded, etc.) easily understandable -- which isn't necessarily a good thing, considering that images like "a tunnel full of teeth" show up in songs like album-opener "The Rise, the Fall." Behind him, guitarist Grant Tom chunks out riffs that sound like an earth-moving machine trying and failing to pull itself out of a sinkhole, while bassist Ryan Pomes and drummer Keith Sierra prove themselves capable of locking in at either midtempo punk speed or a desolate crawl. The production, by label owner Phil Anselmo, is excellent, giving each instrument its own space but building a wall of sound at the same time. There are definite precedents for haarp's sound, but they're on their own path, and this is a very solid full-length debut.
Performance Creditshaarp Primary Artist
Ryan Pomes Bass,Group Member
Meghan Flewellyn Vocals
Keith Sierra Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Grant Tom Guitar,Group Member
Shaun Emmons Vocals,Group Member
Technical CreditsPhil Anselmo Producer
Paul Booth Artwork
David Troia Engineer
Jarrett Neville Layout
Meghan Flewellyn Lyric Concept
Keith Sierra Lyric Concept
Shaun Emmons Lyric Concept