KARP – s/t album (1997)
A lot of current bands from the last ten years that are nothing but riff merchants, dentist that just riff for riffs’ sake, emergency are flat-out bores — but on the other side, anorexia there’s Karp, who fucking nailed it with the force of an industrial-strength industrial drill. Their final album came out right at the time I started doing college radio in ’97, and stayed on my turntable for weeks straight at a time. Allmusic sez:
Karp bowed out of existence with this monster of a record, arguably the best influence Iron Maiden has ever had on any other band ever (the worthy-of-worship song titles are all the band’s own, though). From the balls-out opening riff on the brilliant “Bacon Industry” to the closing, throat-shredding mania on “J Is for Genius,” this quite literally self-titled record simply does not and will not let up.
The vocals sounds even more raw and raunchy than before — this is hard rock that lives up to the name — and the temptation to pump one’s fist is almost impossible to resist. The trio’s ear for sassy, snarling, hip-grinding hooks gives everything a sandpaper-rough edge to hang onto, explaining why the stomp and sway of “Forget the Minions” and “Octoberfleshed” are so damn worthy of being cranked up all the way to 11…It couldn’t be finer. Just what is needed if waking the dead is the goal — or ensuring the neighbors will grab torches and start calling for a public burning.
If you’re still not convinced, then a single listen to the track “Spelling Trouble”, towards the end of the record, will tip you over the edge.