The night was warmed up by a local band named Observe which was forced to play almost immediatly when the doors opened. So they only got to perform in front of approximately 40-50 people as the rest audience slowly trickled into the venue. The performance of these young guys was pretty good regardless, even though they still need to work on their artistic and live attitude. They have an EP coming out in spring 2013, so if you’re curious you can take a look to their Facebook page.
As more and more people kept entering the venue and empty spaces filled, Chris Barretto was the first member of The HAARP Machine to take the stage. After 3 out of 4 members left the band a couple months ago, Al Mu’min had to build a completely new line up and he found a perfect singer in Chris (former Periphery and Friend For A Foe, now vocalist of Ever Forthright). He also brought on Ever Forthright’s lead guitarist, Nick Llerandi. The performance was definitely appreciable considering these guys had only a few weeks to prepare it. Al Mu’min’s performance was clean and precise but the most remarkable performance was delivered by the amazing live presence of Chris Barretto. First off, he’s an amazing singer and his vocals fit perfectly with The HAARP Machine’s songs, and second he is an amazing front man and he definitely owns the stage. He was able to captivate the audience and make the show really enjoyable even for those who didn’t know the band. They played 5 songs, opening with “Esoteric Agenda”, continuing with “Pleiadian Keys”, “Disclosure”, “Extension To One”, and closing with “The Escapist Notion”. The new line up looked / sounded really solid. Guess we’ll see if they’ll be confirmed as the new, official The HAARP Machine line up.