Kadavar are a German rock band from Berlin, founded in 2010. Their retro style, incorporating psychedelic rock and stoner rock, has been compared to bands of the 1970s hard rock/heavy metal era such as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Kadavar currently consists of guitarist/lead vocalist Christoph "Lupus" Lindemann, drummer Christoph "Tiger" Bartelt and bassist Simon "Dragon" Bouteloup.[citation needed]

Kadavar at Maifeld Derby, 2016. From left to right: Simon Bouteloup, Christoph Lindemann and Christoph Bartelt.
Kadavar at Maifeld Derby, 2016. From left to right: Simon Bouteloup, Christoph Lindemann and Christoph Bartelt.
Background information
OriginBerlin, Germany
GenresHard rock, psychedelic rock, stoner rock
Years active2010–present
LabelsThis Charming Man[citation needed]/Tee Pee, Nuclear Blast
Associated actsPoseidotica
MembersChristoph "Lupus" Lindemann
Christoph "Tiger" Bartelt
Simon "Dragon" Bouteloup
Past membersPhilipp "Mammut" Lippitz


Kadavar live at Rock am Ring 2019
Bartelt performing at Resurrection Fest in Spain, 2015

In 2010, drummer Bartelt and guitarist Philipp "Mammut" Lippitz began playing together. They became a band when Lindemann joined as bassist and vocalist. Lindemann decided to switch to guitar, allowing Lippitz to switch to bass.[1] Their first recording, an eponymous two-song CD-R, was self-released on 25 August 2011.[2]

On 12 July 2012, Kadavar's self-titled debut album was released on Tee Pee Records.[3]

A collaboration with the band Aqua Nebula Oscillator resulted in the release of the White Ring album in November 2012.[citation needed]

Due to visa problems, a planned U.S. tour could not take place, although the band did appear at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas on 15 March 2013.[4][failed verification] While in Texas, the band recorded various video clips of themselves which were later used to create the music video for their song "Come Back Life",[5] which was produced by Bartelt.[6]

In July 2013, Lippitz left the band to concentrate on his new group the Loranes. He was replaced by Bouteloup, previously of metal band the Oath. After several live performances, Bouteloup was officially announced as a new member.[7]

Their second album, Abra Kadavar, was released on 12 April 2013 by Nuclear Blast,[8] and debuted at No. 42 on the German charts.[9]

In early 2014, Kadavar started touring with fellow retro-style hard rock band Wolfmother.[10] In July 2014, Wolfmother jammed and recorded a few songs in Kadavar's studio.[11] On 6 June 2014, Kadavar released a live album, Live in Antwerp.

Lindemann performing at Resurrection Fest in Spain, 2015

In June 2015, Kadavar announced their third album, Berlin, on their Facebook page. It was released by Nuclear Blast on 21 August and included a cover of Nico's "Reich der Träume" as a bonus track.[12] The album entered the charts in several countries, hitting No. 18 in Germany and No. 40 in Belgium.[13]

In 2015, drummer Bartelt co-wrote the song "Wedding" with Andrew Stockdale. It was released on 19 February 2016 as a bonus track on Wolfmother's fourth album, Victorious.

Kadavar's fourth album, Rough Times, was released on 29 September 2017.

Their fifth album, For the Dead Travel Fast, was released on 11 October 2019.


In the studio, Kadavar use "hard panning" production techniques (guitar tracks on the left channel, bass on the right, drums on the inside right and vocals in the middle) to accurately reproduce the sound of their live performances.[14] Their style has been categorized to have a "riffed psych rock and doom like sound" with influences from Black Sabbath, The Doors, Hawkwind, and Led Zeppelin.[15][16]

Band membersEdit

Current members

  • Christoph "Lupus" Lindemann – guitar, vocals (2010–present), bass guitar (2010)
  • Christoph "Tiger" Bartelt – drums (2010–present)
  • Simon "Dragon" Bouteloup – bass guitar (2013–present)

Former members

  • Philipp "Mammut" Lippitz – bass guitar (2010–2013), guitar (2010)


Studio albums

Singles and EPs

  • Kadavar CD single (2011, self-released)
  • Creature of the Demon 7" single (2012, This Charming Man Records)[citation needed]
  • The Old Man digital single (2015, Nuclear Blast)
  • Everything Is Changing (2020, Robotor Records)[18]

Live albums

  • Live in Antwerp (2014, Nuclear Blast)
  • Live in Copenhagen (2018, Nuclear Blast)

With Aqua Nebula Oscillator


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  2. ^ "Kadavar - Kadavar". Discogs.
  3. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Kadavar". AllMusic.
  4. ^ "Kadavar". SXSW Schedule 2013. Archived from the original on 3 February 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  5. ^ http://theheavychronicles.com/2013/04/interview-kadavar-with-wolf-lindemann/?lang=en
  6. ^ "Occult Rock Magazine: Interview with Kadavar". occultrock.com.
  7. ^ "KADAVAR – verkünden Besetzungswechsel!". nuclearblast.de.
  8. ^ "Abra Kadavar by Kadavar". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 15 March 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "KADAVAR – stürmen die deutschen Albencharts!". nuclearblast.de.
  10. ^ "Kadavar arbeiten mit Wolfmother zusammen". Metal Hammer.
  11. ^ "Wolfmother Rocks OC Fans At The Observatory". concertguidelive.com.
  12. ^ "KADAVAR - hey everybody here is the tracklist of our... - Facebook". facebook.com.
  13. ^ "KADAVAR: "Berlin" Chart Entries Announced". Retrieved 4 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ [1][dead link]
  15. ^ Moore, Anthony. "Kadavar Reveal New Album Artwork & Track Listing". Retrieved 20 June 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ Phillips, Alex. "Review: KADAVAR Abra Kadavar". Metal Injection. Retrieved 20 June 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ "'For the Dead Travel Fast' von Kadavar bei Apple Music". Retrieved 17 October 2019 – via iTunes. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. ^ "KADAVAR". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 31 August 2020.

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