Kadavar has enjoyed an immense amount of success for a band that plays the style of old. These old school hard rock revivalists have managed to land themselves on diverse bills from Roadburn to playing under bands like Saint Vitus and Electric Wizard – none of which fully fit in with the old school hard rock that Kadavar brings to the table. Now, their second record Abra Kadavar has been brought to the masses. However, is it worth your time? Or should it Abra Kadabra itself out of here?
The first thing I thought when listening to the first track on this record, Come Back Life, is that this is the perfect record for summer. The uplifting riffs really wanna get you outside and wandering around. This theme continues throughout the record – the soaring guitar/vocal duet of Black Snake recalls Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock. Also, this is the first old school record I’ve heard in a while that gets the production element right – it’s a raw sounding record with places that obviously peak and cause distortion. This is meant to be vintage, not something that is polished to an alarmingly bright sheen. It’s raw and it’s great.
However, like many old school type bands, many of the songs don’t stick out to me. They do experiment with 90s era stuff – see the opening riff in Come Back Life – but other songs do sound like Woodstock knock offs. That’s not to say they’re all bad – it just gets awfully redundant from time to time. From an outsider’s perspective (and this is something I’ve noted on this blog before) trying to emulate tends to make you get redundant. It’s a dangerous line to walk to want to be like your ancestors, but still stand out at the same time. They don’t always succeed.
Overall, if you’re looking for more old school music to listen to, Kadavar is your bet, especially for the summertime. If you’re a skater who wants something new, get this record immediately and prepare to start making skate videos. Otherwise, give it a listen, roll a joint, and hang out.
I had the privilege of speaking with Tiger while on tour in Europe. We discussed a lot of things, from the quick writing of this record to the replacing of long time member Mammut.
1. Come Back Life
2. Doomsday Machine
3. Eye of the Storm
4. Black Snake
7. Liquid Dream
8. Rhythm for Endless Minds
9. Abra Kadabra
Genre: Old School Revival/Stoner Metal
Record Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Playing Time: 41 Minutes
Lupus Lindemann – Vocals/ Guitar
Simon Bouteloup – Rivoli
Tiger – Drums