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KADAVAR LIVE IN ANTWERP REVIEW 2014

 

KADAVAR - LIVE IN ANTWERP

NUCLEAR BLAST

JUNE 6 2014

 

 

A live album from a band with two releases to their name is an interesting step and tacking on a new track from the forthcoming third outing may just sway some existing fans but the question is – is it enough, or even is or really worth it?

 

The upside is that the production is solid and the sound amazing, and aside from a rather workmanlike and uninspired drum sound and performance, which lacks the vision of either the wonderfully inventive bass or the rather inspiring guitar, musically the boxes are ticked.

 

The great thing, or the problem, depending on your point of view, with the material here though is that without the other senses overload that you would get at a live gig, a lot of the material starts to sound rather the same. It’s very Black Sabbath and very derivative and though it might sound fresh to younger ears it’s not as inspiring here as it sounds on vinyl.

 

Where it does win you over is in the performance and the energy and the set list is spot on to starting as it does with the brooding groove of ‘All our Thoughts’. Other early highlights include second album standout ‘Doomsday Machine’ and the doom-laden ‘Black Sun’ which highlights the strong bass and guitar interplay.

 

Other highlights include the epic ‘Purple Sage’ as long as it is Stone heavy and new track ‘Eye of the Storm’ which has a groovier early Metal sound with ‘Lupus’ almost sounding like a young Ian Astbury. It’s a great album on balance, but I’m not sure that it’s an essential, Kadavar need a few more albums under their belt before they produce that classic live outing (and I’m sure they will)…

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 

KADAVAR LIVE IN ANTWERP REVIEW 2014