Release Date: Aug 21, 2015
Record label: Nuclear Blast
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal
If it ain’t stiff, it ain’t worth a fick. This is how you open an album. Like Sabbath covering The Stooges’ TV Eye, Lord Of The Sky is a sideburn-grabbing call to action from bristly German trio Kadavar.. ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads.
The feeling one gets from listening to Kadavar could be likened to that of dining at an Italian restaurant: it might satisfy your craving for pasta, but given the number of Italian joints out there, you're likely to have had better elsewhere. And therein lies the problem with Berlin, the German outfit's third full-length offering.It's not that the album doesn't deliver the type of retro-rock boogie it promises — the groovy, '70s style riffs in opener "Lord of the Sky" make quick work of letting you know — and it's certainly not for a lack of memorable moments, either. The trouble comes with the realization that most of the album's greatest sentiments are mere echoes of that which have come before.
Kadavar isn't out to innovate. Hailing from the titular city of its third LP, the German power trio still plows early-Seventies proto metal, but they're evolving nonetheless. Steadily improving its craft, especially the songwriting, the Berliners unleash cleaner melodies, sharper arrangements, and the kind of chemistry forged from a million miles of roadwork.