Thursday, 10 October 2019

Kadavar - For The Dead Travel Fast (Album Review)

Release date: October 11th 2019. Label: Nuclear Blast. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

For The Dead Travel Fast – Tracklisting

The End
The Devil’s Master
Evil Forces
Children of the Night
Dancing With the Dead
Demons In My Mind
Long Forgotten Songs


Christoph ‘Lupus’ Lindemann / Vocals, Guitars
Christoph ‘Tiger’ Bartelt / Drums
Simon ‘Dragon’ Bouteloup / Bass


Greetings All,

This October we have bestowed upon us the fifth full length from Berlin’s masters of retro fuzz doom Kadavar. The immensely impressive For The Dead Travel Fast unleashes 9 smoking tracks of fuzzed out bliss. At this point, most should be familiar with Kadavar’s sound, the trio sound as though they stepped right out of an early 70’s recording studio. Equal parts Sabbath, ELO, early Maiden and ZZ Top the bands retro sound is second to none. But what sets this record apart from, or perhaps ahead of, their prior records is the top notch song writing. The 9 tracks are a dark, cohesive story that takes the listener down a doomed path of misery, longing, and death. The imagery is rich and superb. 

The End opens the record. It starts off in a rather unsettling manner with damn near a minute of silence that has you checking to see if the song is actually playing before closing with a guitar driven lament that leads directly into the powerful imagery and stomp of The Devil’s Master. A killer track that showcases all aspects of the bands sound and their knack for an amazing chorus that hooks the listener and refuses to let go. Evil Forces follows with an intense riff right out of late era Sabbath or early Maiden or Priest that carries the strongest track on the record. I found myself singing “Evil Forces are close behind” to myself for days on end.

The track closes with one of the most righteous solos the trio have ever unleashed upon the world. The tempo slows a bit as the Children of the Night comes crawling out of your speakers. However, it doesn’t take long for the band to pick things up in this ode to the legion of the undying. The song flexes the bands musical might with some more heavy solos and a couple of tempo changes that drive the song home. Dancing With the Dead continues the vampiric theme with a driving drum beat and some sweet vibrato throughout this mid-tempo jewel. A heavy dose of fuzz and drums sends Poison flying towards your jugular with a righteous dose of anti establishment angst and a late 60s rock chorus.

A fuzzed out wah brings the Demons In My Mind next. A driving lament to insanity that never relents until giving way to the ethereal sounds of Saturnales. A dark but, dare I say, Beach Boys-esque sounding guitar and dissonance filled track that is devoid of percussion. The record closes with Long Forgotten Song, an ultra heavy closer with a true classic rock feel. At over 7 minutes the band blends big riffs, big drums and some beautiful harmonies on this bluesy masterpiece.

For The Dead Travel Fast is full on big beards, bell bottoms, fuzz filled Sabbath worship at its absolute finest. Kadavar have hit every chord perfectly in blending the warm fuzz filled tones with the darkest images of the soul and mind. If for some reason you aren’t familiar with the band, this record is a great jumping on point and for those that are long time fans (like myself) this is another feather in the cap in the band’s already impressive resume. It is quite possibly their finest hour. I can’t recommend this one enough! Dig super heavy on this one!

- Todd S - Instagram @alltheghoststhathauntyou

Words by Todd Stealey