Kadavar - Berlin
I think for sheer technical prowess and songwriting, this maybe one of the best records of the year. Seriously! I’d usually open these reviews with a slight overview of the band and the album but I just wanted to jump straight into this review. The German riff rockers have brought to us an absolutely outstanding album, it just has this amazing aura that never lets up for a moment. From Lord of the Sky to Into the Night, Kadavar just show off with everything they have.
This is Kadavar’s third studio album and the first full record with new bassist, Simon Bouteloup and he sounds great. Having worked in Kadavar since he joined in 2013, he knew exactly what to do with this new album. His bass lines are really groovy, in fact that’s a great way to describe this album: Groovy. The band sound like they have just teleported out of the 70s to deliver this fantastic album. As a fan, I have enjoyed this album more than their last two albums there’s just so much more meat to it. Christoph Lindemann’s guitar skill is genius with exactly the right tones at the right moments.
The riffs are super tight, the tone is just beautiful to hear and the lyrics are powerful and hit hard with the well produced vocals. With the heavier tunes Kadavar just go all out in your face rock n roll, songs like Last Living Dinosaur and The Old Man are catchy, hook you in and make you want to keep listening. Yet, when it comes to the slower music there is this beautiful atmosphere that surrounds your brain and wraps up your imagination. It's really far out there. Tunes such as the astonishingly good bonus track, which is a cover of Nico’s Reich Der Träume are a delight to listen to, they add such a fantastic spin to it. Honestly I could listen to this album for days and never get bored! (Trust me I have). The production of the sound is really great, the three piece just make everything sound phenomenal and to be honest you wouldn’t even believe there are only three members. Pelle Gunnerfeldt & Robin Schmidt have done a fantastic job with the mixing and mastering respectively. Every second just comes alive and you can truly feel apart of their world.
Kadavar have once again proven themselves as one of the best throwback retro rock bands at the moment. I love riff-rock a little too much at times but don't think I'm being bias. This album is THAT good! My overall rating: Go and buy it.
Words: Mick Birchall