Nuclear Blast Records has announced the signing of "Germany's most authentic and passionate psychedelic hard rock combo," KADAVAR.
It was already with 2012's eponymous debut album that the three-piece from Berlin casted a spell on all fans of solid riff-driven-yet-doom-like '70s hard rock à la BLACK SABBATH and PENTAGRAM. Marrying this with the spacy psychedelic approach of early HAWKWIND and mixing in a distinct own touch while preserving their icons' warm vintage charm can doubtlessly be considered the trio's key to success. Astoundingly high vinyl sales and support slots with such bands as SLEEP, SAINT VITUS, PENTAGRAM and ELECTRIC WIZARD as well as festival appearances at Stoned From The Underground, Yellowstock and Fusion, among others, underline KADAVAR's status as one of the scene's most exciting acts to watch in 2013.
Nuclear Blast's head of A&R Andy Siry comments on the signing: "We're delighted to bid KADAVAR welcome to the Nuclear Blast family! It was with great interest that we've watched their first steps from the founding of the band to the release of their debut record. Eventually, the last-mentioned tipped the balance and led us to offering them a record deal, as we truly believe that these three gentlemen are masters of their craft and can righteously be considered the leaders of the German occult rock movement. We're looking forward a lot to seeing what the future will bring for KADAVAR!"
Regarding the signing with the Swabian label, KADAVAR drummer Tiger states with a wink: "Even though the relationship between people from Berlin and Swabians is usually considered rather… uneasy, we're taking the first step to reconciliation: We're very happy that our second studio album will be released via Nuclear Blast, who can look back on an impressive history. After an eventful year, we've locked ourselves up in the studio for the past two months in order to work on said record. The result elates us — we can't wait 'til the release date has finally come!"
KADAVAR's upcoming album, "Abra Kadavar", was recorded in Tiger's studio, where he also took care of the production, mixing and mastering. It's set for a release on April 5.
As far as the album recordings are concerned, the musician explains: "After last year's final show had been played in mid-December, we started writing new songs. We've already had a couple of finished tracks in May 2012, but those were eventually released on a split LP with AQUA NEBULA OSCILLATOR in November 2012, which is why we started at square one again. As we knew that there was no procrastination and no going back for us, we sat down for two weeks straight to finish composing with total commitment. We're perfectly happy with the outcome — I'd even say that 'Abra Kadavar' comprises the best compositions we've created to date. The songs are more diversified, the ideas feel more spontaneous. Moreover, we've tried to capture much more of our live energy, which is why we've recorded almost everything all together in one room, with the amps turned up to the max — solely the vocals and a handful of guitar solos were added afterwards."
Lupus Lindemann - vocals, guitar
Mammut - bass
Tiger - drums