Kadavar – Abra Kadavar
Release date: April 12, 2013
I recently read in the news that the world of science has created a magic pill that you swallow and it monitors all your vital stats over a number of hours. I find this idea both intrusive and intriguing but must point out that if I was going to invent a high-tech medical monitoring device it would probably be a mixture of Star Trek’s hand held scanner and technology from the movie “Sleeper”. So while it was diagnosing your issue it would give you an orgasm at the same time. But hey that’s only what I would do. Now that would be magical.
Which, in a way brings me to review the album “Abra Kadavar” by the band Kadavar, and apparently there are several bands that exist by this name. But we are focusing on the three guys from Germany who I dare say in their photo gives us the impression that they may be old dudes from another time or young dudes that look old? Or the photo is old and they are actually in their 70’s by now? One can even say they could be a crazed version of Kansas and one member resembles someone who I shall not name because you’ll figure it out on your own.
The members of this feast for the ears group are: Christoph “Lupus” Lindemann (vocals, guitar), Simon “Dragon” Bouteloup (bass), and Christoph “Tiger” Bartelt (drums). Kadavar debuted with its eponymous album in 2012, immediately turning heads with their retro European proto-metal vibe. “Abra Kadavar” continues the dance with its distinctively psychedelic/stoner signature which will surely satisfy regardless of whether or not you partake in any “toking.”
Each track is smooth and satisfying and will provide you with a vacation from your work-a-day world. The album kicks off with “Come Back Life” which offers an almost Doors-esque rumble before jumping into something that recalls Dust meets Hawkwind. This is followed by the album’s first single, “Doomsday Machine”, which has the feel of a slightly uptempo and jazzy Sabbath.
“Eye of the Storm” starts with a trot of a beat then into hard gallop. Really more of a wild stampede of beast flesh, than a storm. You’ll feel as if you are being led into battle, and yes you will be on the winning side.
“Fire”, do I detect a little (Tull) kind of thing hidden in here? I would not call it a love ballad exactly but he does sing; “You are beating the flame of my fire.” I suppose the lyrics can get you hot enough with the proper amount of body contact and blood alcohol level. The driving chorus and constant pulsating drum beat. (Hey, okay maybe forget the alcohol). After that there isn’t much I need to say about “Liquid Dream” except, Right On!!! And maybe grab a cigarette. It has the vibe of 1950’s science fiction flick and may even contain a possessed robot on keyboards? But I can’t say for sure if it does or doesn’t? Decide for yourself. Either way it’s worth listening to and better than finding change in your sofa cushion.
But my fave off of this album is “Rhythm For Endless Minds”. Really, if you want to relive Woodstock even though you were technically not there in the first place, this one is it. You have to sit down while listening as its potent and starts out with what you swear is a rattlesnake being hurled through space. Then it sends you into a universe of distorted vocals and which leads to an urge to roll your head around as if it weighed 20 pounds and you can’t hold it up. The guitar work blends nicely with what can only be described as a juice harp and a didgeridoo under water. By the end of this song you will be a comfy blob of gelatinous goo.
It’s all wrapped up with “Abra Kadabra”, and trust me there is no way you are gonna confuse this with Steve Miller’s “AbraCadabra” unless you take the brown acid. It has a funky start with prominent drums and the consistency of metal birds chirping. If your body doesn’t move to this then call the paramedics cause your dead inside…
I give this a trippy 8 out of 10…It makes me happy without that nasty deflated let down feeling afterwords…But please practice safe listening on this one and don’t operate any heavy machinery while it’s on.