Abra Kadavar is the second full length album from the Berlin trio Kadavar. After their first self titled album they were quickly snapped up by record label Nuclear Blast following in the footsteps of Witchcraft and Graveyard. Kadavar have been compared to a host of bands primarily psychedelic 60’s and to the doom laden 70’s.
It’s obvious that these hard rockers have been influenced by the likes of Black Sabbath, Dust, Pentagram with a hint of early Hawkwind. There are minimal effects on this album giving a raw powerful feel to the final vintage mix. Front-man Wolf Lindermann’s personality shines through the entire album with thundering riffs and simple but stunning solo’s. Lindermann also has a dream like quality to the vocals.
The guitar work is most notable on the first single released off the album, Doomsday Machine, as well as the stoner rock sounds of Dust and Fire. The song Liquid Dream is more verging on the psychedelic side of Kadavar. Even the name gives me acid flashbacks and makes me think of the heady highs of the 70’s. Lindermann’s echoic vocals on this track are outstanding. Tiger, the drummer, is somewhere in the middle of Bill Ward and Bonzo, with fills and rolls that add so much more to the songs than just a beat for the others to follow, he’s using his drums as an expressive instrument.
Tigers work is not only on the drum kit, he also produced, mixed and mastered the album in his own studio and I wonder if this was done on tape as he really captures that raw edge that the auto-tune generation could never understand. Bass player Mammut was for me the standout performer on the first album and once again he does not disappoint on Abra Kadavar. With bass lines that seem to have an energy and life of their own, often taking off in a different direction only to bring back the cacophony of the drums and guitar as on the song Dust. Mammut also has driving bass lines in his arsenal and a great example of this can be heard on the penultimate song Abra Kadavar.
The entire album has vintage grooves you could lose yourself in and catchy hooks that you immediately want to hear again and again. The songs are retro rock, blues laden and powerfully simple. Now having signed to Nuclear Blast we hope to be hearing album No.3 soon after their current tour. If you like rock music this album is a must, but it now! Also look out for them in the autumn when they are playing a host of smaller venues across the UK. The way this band are going it may well be the last time you get to see them in such an intimate setting. I for one will be going.