Kadavar exploded on to the scene in 2012 with their debut self titled album setting a near unapproachable bar for their second album ‘Abra Kadavar‘, they surpassed that and once again raised their own level. On the back of their second album they toured extensively across the globe and without it seems any rest went straight into the studio for their third album ‘Berlin‘ named after the city they hail from.
This is the second album Kadavar have released on Nuclear Blast Records and it seems to be a fantastic relationship as they take the heavy rock scene by storm. This is the first album featuring Dragon (Simon Bouteloup) on bass together with Lupus Lindemann on guitar and vocals and of course Tiger on drums.
The album explodes into existence with the opening track ‘Lord of the sky’ and it’s immediately evident that this album starts where ‘Abra Kadavar’ left off. The 70’s vintage and somewhat organic sound is back and in no time at all I find myself air guitaring and air drumming as if the song had subconsciously been in my brain before. This is not an uncommon emotion as the album progresses. The next track ‘Last Living Dinosaur’ is a slightly slower number starting with and extended intro which leads in to Lindemann’s unique vocals that meander through the song. This is how the entire album develops. Swapping between driving bass lines soaring vocals and solid riffing, throughout this album there are more hooks than a pirate convention with each song bringing something new to the table but with a spine built in the 70’s, this collection of songs groove. If you opt for the deluxe album you get bonus track, ‘Reich Der Traume‘ which is a Nico cover and features Tiger swapping the sticks for a keyboard.
Kadavar have come a long way in recent times, growing in confidence but keeping true to their soul. They are certainly turning a few heads and have a growing number of celebrity fans. Speaking recently with Dave Wyndorf from Monster Magnet he suggests that the band ‘Play it like they mean it‘ and that they ‘have taken all the good things from the 70’s‘. The songs from Berlin are instantly etched on the brain taking the catchiest parts of Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy and a splattering of the Rolling Stones and making them their own with Lindemann‘s vocals stamping Kadavar‘s distinctive style. The production of this album is clearer than previous outings however it could easily have been produced using old reel to reel recording studio with a Neve desk having a supporting role as the album just screams vintage.
It’s easy to see why Kadavar have an expanding fan base, the music is contagious and the guys seem to be able to deliver it with the minimal of effort. Riffs and hooks keep on coming as if they have stolen Tony Iommi’s private tape collection and there’s more grooves here than a record shop. Although there is a very traditional side to the music the modern rock fan can also get something from this album with songs like ‘Stolen Dreams‘ the melody races along with a hint of the psychedelic which the band bring out more in their live shows. With a tour around the corner I’m sure that Kadavar will soon be a regular at the larger venues and festivals should now be queuing up to sign these guys. Hopefully there’s another album waiting when they finish the tour, I for one can’t wait.
With a tour around the corner I'm sure that Kadavar will soon be a regular at the larger venues and festivals should now be queuing up to sign these guys. Hopefully there's another album waiting when they finish the tour, I for one can't wait.