It’s time to gas up the DeLorean and head back to the 1970s for some good old rock ’n’ roll, courtesy of German trio, Kadavar. Very similar to their previous two albums, ‘Berlin’ is a straight-up psychedelic stoner rock record. It is the kind of music that goes perfectly with a group of friends having a beer at a backyard barbecue; the sort of album that you put on in the background while sporting sunglasses resembling those on the cover. The classic ‘70s feel definitely works for them and they know how to transport the listener to a different time. Even their appearance and quality of their media is authentic. If both myself and Kadavar had been around a few decades ago, they would have likely been one of my favorite bands.
Speaking of favorites, “The Old Man” is a track that specifically stood out on the album. That main riff has a great hook to it, and the chorus is quite catchy. In general, this is a rather guitar-driven album and band. ‘Lupus’ Lindemann’s guitars are very prominent even in the overall mix. The exception being the bonus track, “Reich Der Träume”, which is a very nice change in tone and pace from the rest of the album; it provides a more mellow, almost dark finish to an otherwise relatively neutral party atmosphere.
However, many of the other dozen songs seem to blend together, particularly if you are honing in on the drums. While drummer Christoph ‘Tiger’ Bartelt is certainly a capable and tight musician, the repetitive use of such a simple beat leaves a slightly unfulfilled taste in the mouth. Adding accents here and there, and occasionally cutting the amount of snare hits in half would give some parts a great groove, without altering the songs too drastically. It would also be refreshing to hear more of what bassist ‘Dragon’ Bouteloup can contribute, something that is often overlooked by both producers and fans of many bands.Then again, it suits Kadavar’s retro style to keep the music familiar to both new and old listeners, and I can respect that.
In conclusion, Kadavar is a band that has a lot of potential, if they ever choose to branch out further than just standard hard rock. But they are good at what they do, so if you like that style of music, you will undoubtedly love ‘Berlin’, which is due to be released on August 21st.
Sandra C Yeomans
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