The Obelisk Presents: Kadavar Touring Australia & New Zealand in March 2020

Posted in The Obelisk Presents, Whathaveyou on December 3rd, 2019 by JJ Koczan

I’m rarely so filled with pride and sheer delight as I am when I see a logo for The Obelisk on a poster for a tour happening very, very far away from where I live. And if it’s something amazing, all the better. German heavy rock forerunners Kadavar will head Down Under for a tour in Spring — or I guess Fall — 2020 supporting their latest long-player, For the Dead Travel Fast (review here). As that album is sure to feature on my list later this month of 2019’s finest offerings, I’m all the more stoked to have The Obelisk on the admittedly-not-insignificant list of presenters for the run. I mean, seriously, I’m a dork from New Jersey. Who the hell am I to (even co-) present anything on the other side of the world? So awesome.

Special thanks to Beats Cartel for having The Obelisk on board for this one. To say it’s an honor would be putting it mildly.

Here’s the press release, as much for future-me to look back on fondly as for your current information:

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GERMAN FUZZ KINGS KADAVAR ARE COMING TO NEW ZEALAND

There are few bands who’ve had more of an effect on the course of classic heavy retro rock this decade than Germany’s KADAVAR, having never sounded so much in command of their music.

Arguably the hardest working band in European rock, Kadavar have established themselves quite simply in a different league form their retro-rock labelled peers, smashing out large capacity international tours and festivals (Hellfest/Psycho Las Vegas/Download/Wacken) en masse and landing German and US chart positions for a host of album releases. Latest album release For the Dead Travel Fast (Nuclear Blast), reignites new depths and heights alike on this their fifth and darkest full-length.

Highly regarded as one of the most explosive heavy psych live experiences on the planet, Kadavar return to Australian and New Zealand shores in March/April 2020 for Beats Cartel on the back of a Mojo Burning Festival appearance. Not having visited Australian since their 2013 tour with Blues Pills and the follow-up 2016 headline tour, interest will be paramount in 2020 to catch one of the best names in the business perform albums worth of new live material.

The band’s fifth record is a perilous journey into the land of the dead, a foray into the bleakest corners of our minds. A heavy, slow-paced, throbbing force of guitar, bass and drums, preciously enriched by spooky synths and a brooding narrative reminiscent of the Victorian death-cult.

“Something like this wouldn’t have been possible earlier in our career. Only now do we know each other well enough to pull off something like this” drummer Tiger nods, “We have the feeling we created something new while at the same time having rediscovered our core DNA. Feels damn good.”

Get ready to witness something special… Kadavar are coming. For the Dead Travel Fast 2020 Australian and New Zealand tour stops in a host of cities across the two countries including Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane, Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland, Canberra, Adelaide, Melbourne, Scarborough and Perth. All shows on sale now at www.beatscartel.com. National supports will be announced soon.

Tickets: https://www.beatscartel.com/tickets

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KAVAVAR 2020 AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND TOUR
“For the Dead Travel Fast”
Thursday March 26 SYDNEY Frankies Pizza
Friday March 27 NEWCASTLE Stag & Hunter
Saturday March 28 BRISBANE MOJO BURNING FESTIVAL
Sunday March 29 CHRISTCHURCH Club Hotel
Monday March 30 WELLINGTON Valhalla
Tuesday March 31 AUCKLAND Whammy Bar
Wednesday April 01 CANBERRA The Basement
Thursday April 02 ADELAIDE Crown & Anchor
Friday April 03 MELBOURNE Stay Gold
Saturday April 04 SCARBOROUGH GERMANIUM DAZE *Festival to be announced
Sunday April 05 PERTH Lucy’s Love Shack

***TICKETS NOW ON SALE at www.beatscartel.com/tickets***
National support acts to be announced

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Kadavar, For the Dead Travel Fast: Ghosts on the Run

Posted in Reviews on October 28th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

Kadavar For the Dead Travel Fast

Five records into a career as one of the most influential European heavy bands to come along this decade, Kadavar would seem to be returning to their roots. For the Dead Travel Fast is indeed the fifth long-player from the Berlin-based trio — fourth for Nuclear Blast — and in following up the modern sheen of their last two albums, 2017’s Rough Times (review here) and 2015’s Berlin (review here), the band would seem to have sought some middle ground in aesthetic conversation with their earlier work on 2013’s Abra Kadavar (review here) and their landmark released-in-2012-but-perpetually-reissued self-titled debut (discussed here), digging into an organic production style mirrored in the gritty sepia and severe contrast of the photo on their cover art.

If they’ve proven anything over the course of the last seven-plus years, it’s their ability as songwriters, and they’ve only grown more complex and more expressive in that regard, with guitarist/vocalist Christoph “Lupus” Lindemann emerging as a genuine frontman presence, drummer Christoph “Tiger” Bartelt functioning as the proverbial madman behind the kit and bassist Simon “Dragon” Bouteloup the quieter presence but ever more responsible for the band’s weight of impact. For the Dead Travels Fast leans on that weight more than did Rough Times, but it takes some cues from that album just the same, with the darker themes that pervaded there in songs like “Die Baby Die” and “Words of Evil,” “Skeleton Blues” and “Vampires” showing up in the ready-for-Halloween pieces “Children of the Night” — a highlight here — “The Devil’s Master,” “Evil Forces,” “Dancing with the Dead,” “Poison” and “Demons in My Mind.” Despite something of a shift on the most basic sonic level from one style to another — i.e., the re-adoption of a more vintage mindset — this continuity feels natural from the brooding opening of “The End” as an intro to “The Devil’s Master” onward.

By the time they get through the cavernous side B dark-psychedelia echoes of “Demons in My Mind” and into the closing duo of “Saturnales,” an organ-laced minimalia with hypnotic guitar and duly obscure lyrics, and the 7:49 capper build of “Long Forgotten Song,” mood becomes a central feature of For the Dead Travel Fast and where Rough Times did more than flirt with horror rock and a grimmer outlook, the newer work unquestionably pushes further. Songs are more patient in their execution and unfold in brooding fashion at least where they want to, and even a rocker like the proto-metallic “Evil Forces” finds room for a section of cackling, howling laughter at its conclusion, moving into the starts, stops, stomps and hooks of “Children of the Night” with a smoothness that signals the intent that always seems to be lurking beneath the surface of Kadavar‘s work. That is to say, they know what they’re doing here, as they always do.

kadavar (Photo by Joe Dilworth)

Kadavar are not a haphazard band, at least in their finished product (I can’t really speak to the process that brings that product about), and For the Dead Travel Fast shows yet again that their will is to have more than just a stylistic impact, but to back that up with a quality of craft and delivery that they’ve at this point put in years of work to hone on tour and in the studio. Frankly, it shows. I don’t think one could listen to “Dancing with the Dead” and say they sound tired, because they don’t, but there’s a maturity at play throughout their fifth record that suits them and their material well. They’re not the brash ’70s rockers anymore. They’re a band who’ve toured the world, headlined festivals and done gigs on multiple continents, and whose fanbase has grown to encompass not just listeners, but other bands who’ve taken up their influence. Again, there are few in Europe or anywhere else who’ve had more of an effect on the course of this particular branch of classic-minded heavy rock this decade than Kadavar, and they round out the 2010s in prime fashion on For the Dead Travel Fast, claiming their place not quite as statesmen of the underground, but as a band who never wanted to be a fluke and went on to prove it in the most righteous manner possible.

I’ll stop short of calling For the Dead Travel Fast a victory lap for that notion, mostly because I don’t think that’s what the band intended it to be, and because the characterization doesn’t really suit the mood of most of the material — which, again, is more grim even in its uptempo moments on “The Devil’s Master,” “Evil Forces” or the echoing thrust of “Demons in My Mind” — but it ends up being a powerful argument in favor of the idea just the same. Across a clean nine-track/45-minute run, Kadavar demonstrate their utter mastery of their form, hard won but ultimately uncompromised, and as much as one might be tempted to think of the sound of For the Dead Travel Fast as a “return to form” or something like that — and maybe that’s not entirely wrong — it’s also important to consider the ways in which the three-piece continue to push themselves forward, as on “Saturnales” or even the atmospheric beginning “The End” provides the record as it moves into the alternatingly broadly spaced and pushing “The Devil’s Master,” that dynamic persisting throughout nearly everything that follows.

Principally, Kadavar write memorable songs, as they always have. Whatever form that takes, whatever turns of aesthetic they might bring to that, they never seem to lose that foundation beneath them, and much as Bouteloup‘s bassline underscores Lindemann‘s scorcher solo in “Evil Forces,” it’s always right where it needs to be at the structural root of their material. They’ve made themselves harder to predict with For the Dead Travel Fast, which is refreshing. After the outright sheen of Berlin and the harder-edged modern sound of Rough Times, one might have expected Kadavar to stay on that path, but by shifting their production style, they’ve elbowed their way through whatever preconceptions might’ve existed of where they were headed and instead decided to chart their own course in the manner befitting a mature outfit of their stature. They’ve never sounded so much in command of their songs.

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Kadavar Post “Children of the Night” Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on September 3rd, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Kadavar played at Psycho Las Vegas a couple weeks ago, and in a couple more weeks, they’ll release their new album, For the Dead Travel Fast, which they’ll support beginning in November with a pretty substantial European tour. That’s how it goes. Put out a record and tour. Kadavar, certainly, have done it before.

The difference this time, I guess, is the album itself. I’ll get a review up at some point — mostly because I like writing about Kadavar, rather than the expectation that anyone gives a crap what I have to say about them or that Nuclear Blast is eagerly awaiting my opinion on the record — but it’s a different vibe as Kadavar embark on their fifth album, and the slick modernity that showed itself through 2017’s Rough Times (review here) and 2015’s Berlin (review here) seems to be at least meeting halfway with their more vintage-minded early work, 2013’s Abra Kadavar (review here) and 2012’s self-titled debut (discussed here). The track for which they’re sharing a new video now, “Children of the Night,” brings that pretty clearly to the forefront.

It’s a proto-metallic fuzz crunch in the guitar and an organic sounding bassline that wouldn’t be out of place on an Uncle Acid record were they perhaps dirtied up a bit, but of course guitarist Christoph “Lupus” Lindemann puts his own vocal stamp on it and for my money there aren’t a lot of heavy rock drummers in Europe’s well-populated underground who play with the vitality of Christoph “Tiger” Bartelt, his roll in the ending section of the track matched fluidly by the low-end air-push of  Simon “Dragon” Bouteloup. Less immediately hooky and more dug-in feeling, “Children of the Night” has the mood of For the Dead Travel Fast well summarized, and it’ll be interested to see how the LP is received especially by those fans of their first two records.

But it’s the internet, so people will probably bitch either way. Whatever. I dig it.

They spliced old movie clips together for the video, obviously going for something simpler than the last one. A respite well earned.

Enjoy:

Kadavar, “Children of the Night” official video

After their insanely ambitious spaghetti western video for the “The Devil’s Master”, Berlin, Germany-based rock overlords KADAVAR have released the official music video for the brand new single, “Children Of The Night”. The song comes off the band’s highly anticipated new album, For The Dead Travel Fast.

Get/stream the song here: https://nblast.de/KadavarChildrenOfNight

Pre-order For The Dead Travel Fast and/or accompanying merchandise here!

Recently the band had announced their European headlining tour in support of the album.

KADAVAR – FOR THE DEAD TRAVEL FAST EUROPEAN TOUR 2019
Special Guests: HÄLLAS & PABST
06.11. SE Copenhagen Pumpehuset
07.11. NO Oslo Bla
08.11. SE Göteborg Brewhouse
09.11. SE Stockholm Debaser
10.11. DE Hannover Capitol
12.11. FR Lyon Le CCO
13.11. FR Nantes Le Stéréolux
14.11. FR Paris L’Alhambra
15.11. FR Bordeaux BT 59
16.11. ES Madrid Mon
17.11. ES Barcelona Razzmatazz 2
19.11. FR Strasbourg La Laiterie
20.11. DE Wiesbaden Schlachthof
21.11. DE Nu?rnberg Hirsch
22.11. DE Mu?nchen Backstage Werk
23.11. AT Wien Arena
24.11. DE Dresden Beatpol
25.11. BE Brussels Orangiere at Botanique
27.11. DE Stuttgart LKA Longhorn
28.11. DE Köln Essigfabrik
29.11. DE Hamburg Große Freiheit
30.11. DE Berlin Columbiahalle

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Kadavar Take to the West in “The Devil’s Master” Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on August 12th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

kadavar the devils master

With a release date set for Oct. 11, Kadavar‘s For the Dead Travel Fast is well on its way to being the Berlin trio’s most complex and atmospheric outing to-date, and yet, at the same time, it’s also kind of a return to the vintage production style of their first two records. No question that Kadavar modernized their initial retro sound over their last couple full-lengths — 2017’s Rough Times (review here) most of all — but as their new video for “The Devil’s Master” shows, they’ve not only grown bolder as songwriters, but they’re willing to once again more fully embrace a sonic naturalism in doing so. It is, as the entirety of the album proves, a winning combination.

“The Devil’s Master,” which combines in the video below with the album-intro “The End,” brings a desert-garage-goth vibe to go with its Spaghetti Western visual thematic — an immediate departure from some of the catchy and uptempo beginnings of LPs past, but immersive just the same, and rich in tone and the vocal melodies of guitarist Christoph “Lupus” Lindemann, who plays one of the three main characters of the cinematic clip, with bassist Simon “Dragon” Bouteloup and drummer Christoph “Tiger” Bartelt filling the other roles, Bouteloup perhaps having the best part, and as usual, the best hat.

I’ll have a full review of For the Dead Travel Fast at some point in the next couple months — hell, with the delayed release, I might even get it posted before it’s out! — but suffice it to say that while “The Devil’s Master” doesn’t necessarily speak for the entirety of the album, it does capture something essential about its spirit, and that Kadavar have never pushed this kind of engagement with their audience so much to the forefront of their approach before. They succeed with the mastery one has come to expect from them.

Preorder info, tour dates — they’re at Psycho Las Vegas this week — and more background follow the video below, all courtesy of the PR wire.

Enjoy:

Kadavar, “The Devil’s Master” official video

Kadavar Release Epic Western Music Video For First Single Off For The Dead Travel Fast

Album Now Available For Pre- Order Here: nblast.de/Kadavar-FTDTF

Berlin, Germany-based rock overlords KADAVAR have released the official music video for the song “The Devil’s Master”, the opening track of the band’s highly anticipated new album, For The Dead Travel Fast. The epic western movie styled music video was shot in Fuerteventura and stars actress Lucie Aron as well as the band’s members Lupus, Tiger and Dragon.

Commented the band:

Lupus: “Fuerteventura was the perfect set for the idea to shoot a small Spaghetti Western. In the story, everyone is fighting everyone: there are cutthroats who don‘t trust each other trying to survive in the desert. They are hunted by their enemy, a violent priest who enslaves a young lady, who both of the cowboys admire. In the end, there won‘t be any winners…”

Tiger: “The song is about the worst ideas of the people, the attraction of horror and the seductive scent of the disreputable. Just as it is all too human to feel at the mercy of his fears, so comprehensible it seems to give way to the fascination of evil in the face of death.”

For The Dead Travel Fast will be released on October 11 (initially September 20), 2019 via Nuclear Blast and is now available for pre-order.

The album will be released in various formats:

Limited Box-Set including limited tri-colored vinyl, limited tri-colored bonus vinyl including 4 previously unreleased tracks, CD/Blu-Ray Digi (including the KADAVAR & THE COSMIC RIDERS OF THE BLACK SUN live show, Berlin 2019), Poster, signed photo card, patch, sticker.
CD/Blu-Ray Digi (including the KADAVAR & THE COSMIC RIDERS OF THE BLACK SUN live show, Berlin 2019)
Vinyl (black, beige, bi-colored, cornetto)

Pre-order »For The Dead Travel Fast« and/or accompanying merchandise here!

Recently the band had announced their European headlining tour in support of the album.

KADAVAR – FOR THE DEAD TRAVEL FAST EUROPEAN TOUR 2019
Special Guests: HÄLLAS & PABST
06.11. SE Copenhagen Pumpehuset
07.11. NO Oslo Bla
08.11. SE Göteborg Brewhouse
09.11. SE Stockholm Debaser
10.11. DE Hannover Capitol
12.11. FR Lyon Le CCO
13.11. FR Nantes Le Stéréolux
14.11. FR Paris L’Alhambra
15.11. FR Bordeaux BT 59
16.11. ES Madrid Mon
17.11. ES Barcelona Razzmatazz 2
19.11. FR Strasbourg La Laiterie
20.11. DE Wiesbaden Schlachthof
21.11. DE Nu?rnberg Hirsch
22.11. DE Mu?nchen Backstage Werk
23.11. AT Wien Arena
24.11. DE Dresden Beatpol
25.11. BE Brussels Orangiere at Botanique
27.11. DE Stuttgart LKA Longhorn
28.11. DE Köln Essigfabrik
29.11. DE Hamburg Große Freiheit
30.11. DE Berlin Columbiahalle

KADAVAR’s latest album, Rough Times, was released in late 2017 to global critical acclaim, including live hits like “Die Baby Die,” “Tribulation Nation” and “Into The Wormhole”.

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16.08. F St. Nolff – Motocultor Festival
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Kadavar Announce Euro Tour & New Album Title For the Dead Travel Fast

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 12th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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You know, if we’re being honest, I’d probably write this post on another day and be like, “Golly, I wonder what Kadavar‘s new record’ll sound like,” or some overly-wordy equivalent speculation thereof. Truth be told, I don’t care. Not that I’m not looking forward to it or I’m not curious, but after proving their songwriting mettle over four demonstrably different records without falling flat, I think they’ve at least earned the benefit of the doubt to that degree. Wherever they want to go in terms of their sound, I’m willing to trust they know what they’re doing. They might throw in something totally unexpected, they might not. Either way, don’t you just kind of think Kadavar know what they want to do in the studio by now? Hell, it’s even their own studio.

The record, which presumably will be out this Fall in time for their newly-announced European tour, is to be titled For the Dead Travel Fast, and it will see release through the band’s continued partnership with Nuclear Blast, recently reupped.

Details from the PR wire:

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KADAVAR Reveal New Album’s Title & Announce European Tour

Berlin, Germany-based rock overlords KADAVAR have announced the dates of the European tour in support of the band’s forthcoming album, For The Dead Travel Fast.

KADAVAR – FOR THE DEAD TRAVEL FAST EUROPEAN TOUR 2019
Special Guests: HÄLLAS & PABST
06.11. SE Copenhagen Pumpehuset
07.11. NO Oslo Bla
08.11. SE Göteborg Brewhouse
09.11. SE Stockholm Debaser
10.11. DE Hannover Capitol
12.11. FR Lyon Le CCO
13.11. FR Nantes Le Stéréolux
14.11. FR Paris L’Alhambra
15.11. FR Bordeaux BT 59
16.11. ES Madrid Mon
17.11. ES Barcelona Razzmatazz 2
19.11. FR Strasbourg La Laiterie
20.11. DE Wiesbaden Schlachthof
21.11. DE Nu?rnberg Hirsch
22.11. DE Mu?nchen Backstage Werk
23.11. AT Wien Arena
24.11. DE Dresden Beatpol
25.11. BE Brussels Orangiere at Botanique
27.11. DE Stuttgart LKA Longhorn
28.11. DE Köln Essigfabrik
29.11. DE Hamburg Große Freiheit
30.11. DE Berlin Columbiahalle

The band recently re-signed with their long-time label Nuclear Blast after a highly successful 7 year run encompassing three studio albums during which the trio has toured the globe relentlessly.

Commented singer and guitarist Lupus: “When we signed our first deal back in 2012, all of this was just a mere idea. Since then a lot has happened and after 3 records, 2 live albums and quite a few singles, we’re a very happy to continue working with Nuclear Blast.”

The band is currently working hard on the successor to 2017’s Rough Times at their own recording studio in Berlin Neukölln.

Added drummer Tiger: “We’re very creative at the moment, writing new songs on a daily basis. Wir very much loooking forward to completing the album soon. So it’s very nice that we have this new contract!”

KADAVAR’s latest album, Rough Times, was released in late 2017 to global critical acclaim, including live hits like “Die Baby Die,” “Tribulation Nation” and “Into The Wormhole”.

KADAVAR live:
27.06. I Segrate (MI)- Magnolia Stone
29.06. D Ferropolis – Full Force
02./03.08. D Beelen – Krach am Bach
08. – 10.08. D Haldern – Pop Festival
16.08. F St. Nolff – Motocultor Festival
17./18.08. USA Las Vegas, NV – Psycho Las Vegas

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