Today Decibel Magazine unveils a snippet of “Bear” from Husks, the upcoming new studio offering from Louisiana metal goliaths, haarp. Set for release on September 18, 2012 through Housecore Records, the follow-up to 2010’s The Filth was recorded at the University of New Orleans Performing Arts Center, Fountainbleau Room 7011, and Nodferatu’s Lair by Philip H. Anselmo, engineered by Steve Berrigan and Nathan Weidenhaft and mastered at Visceral Sounds by Scott Hull. In an early review of the record, Hails & Horns calls the three-track, nearly 40-minute Husks “a scourge on the human psyche…These tunes harbor ominous, apocalyptic fields of sound and mental decay. This is heavy as all hell…”
Check out a portion of “Bear” HERE.
Additionally, haarp, will kick off an eight-date run of live rituals later this month supporting Down. See confirmed dates below.
For Husks pre-order info, point your browser HERE.
haarp tour 2012 w/ Down:
9/21/2012 Pop’s Nightclub – Saint Louis, MO
9/22/2012 House of Blues Chicago – Chicago, IL
9/23/2012 The Crofoot – Pontiac, MI
9/25/2012 House of Blues Boston – Boston, MA
9/26/2012 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
9/27/2012 Mojo Main – Newark, DE w/ Givethemrope, Backwoods Payback, Altar of Dagon, Sunburster*
9/28/2012 Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
9/29/2012 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
* No Down
“Planting their feet as sludge metal gods, haarp take their time trimming the fat and let the truth simmer. Between the sludge barrages and atmospheric back roads is tempered, expertly-timed black gold. The band’s proficient but patient approach is lined with beautifully rich and vile vision. Husks isn’t merely another NOLA sludge-metal record; it’s a sonic catapult for a band wholly deserving of every accolade they accrue. Take a walk through these rotting woods and sink with your sorrow. When the animals finally smell your stink, haarp will be waiting.” – Heavy Planet
“This album is very balanced, as its some of the heaviest stuff ever made, but with those tones of airiness and ambience that lift it up just enough…. Quite possibly haarp’s best album.” – Metal Underground
“…a great introduction for anyone puzzled about what the NOLA sludge/doom is about, while I might suggest Crowbar as well, haarp can take their place next to the greats from down south with this release. This is a must for all lovers of fuzzy sludge from the southern part of the US where food, beer, and metal is not just a way of life but rather a religion.” – This Is Not A Scene
“haarp will leave you feeling emotionally drained but the more better for it. It’s a release that will stay in your subconscious for a very long time…A brilliant release from a truly breathtaking and forward thinking band. Awesome and highly recommended.: — Sludge Lord