Ka­davar

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff - Dave ever­ley

Rough Times

nuClear BlaSt Teu­tonic retro-metal makeweights rev their en­gines. The end­less stream of Mit­telEuro­pean bands that have rolled off the stoner metal pro­duc­tion line in the last decade puts Volk­swa­gen to shame. Ber­lin’s Ka­davar have al­ways been the equiv­a­lent of a VW Golf: re­li­able but dull.

Un­til now. Where its pre­de­ces­sors were as thrilling as a Sun­day drive to the sea­side, the trio have souped up their engine on al­bum num­ber four. The loud bits are louder, the fuzzy bits are fuzzier and, in the case of Die Baby Die and Tribu­la­tion Na­tion, there are tunes that have the good grace to ac­tu­ally stick around in the hip­pocam­pus. They’ll still never win a Grand Prix, but at least they’ve got off the start­ing grid.

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