KADAVAR- “Rough Times” Album Review


KADAVAR, a trio based in Berlin, Germany, will be releasing a new album at the end of September, the 29th to be exact. Rough Times is the name of it, and the sound is like what would happen if Queens of the Stone Age and Black Sabbath got together and made a baby with The White Stripes and Pallbearer; that baby would be named Kadavar. From the band, ”It is obvious that people like to put you in a box, and it is our job to create our own drawer and label it KADAVAR” The band consists of members Christoph ‘Lupus’ Lindemann on vocals & guitars, Christoph ‘Tiger’ Bartelt playing drums, and Simon ‘Dragon’ Bouteloup on bass. Kadavar writes songs with the forethought that they don’t want to sound like the heavier end of the stoner metal genre, not wanting to be clones in favor of being unique among themselves. “If someone does a seven-minute jam on one riff and sells it as something cool, I think he is just too stupid to write a good song!” Lupus says. “We wanted to sound more like a heavy garage band. We still do, maybe now more than ever.”; Lupus and I agree on that one. I truly hate it when someone plays the same riff for the whole song, altering it only slightly in order to distinguish the verse from the chorus. This release hits a few different genres, from aspects of doom, to sludge, to metal, to stoner metal and then back around again to the 70’s. It’s a really nice mix, and in my opinion it sounds best in headphones.

“Skeleton Blues” has a prominent blues sound to it, even with the heavy guitars going on during the bridge to the chorus. Again, this is a mix of all the things this band does so well, and is a throwback to the 1970’s sound while remaining modern. The intro to “Vampires” could have been written in the late 60’s/early 70’s, because it has the sound and feel of that era; I was happy to hear that section come back around in the song, because the bass (which has a fat, wonderful tone to it) and drums really power that piece forward. “The Lost Child” opens up with a section that will make you think of The Doors, and the movie Apocalypse Now. The clean guitar tone has a surf music sound to it, and the verses take you back to the late 60’s again.

I love this album, and I think that anyone who gets into any of the things I’ve mentioned will also really dig this album. Rough Times comes out September 29th, 2017, and you should really make sure to hear it; it is quite unique and quite good as well!

  • Tom Hanno

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