Sepultura
Kairos


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (196 Reviews)
July 25th, 2011 | 112 replies | 17,699 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The heavy metal pioneers bring back some of their former glory on Kairos.

Sepultura is a name in its own right; ask any metal fan about a Brazilian metal band and chances are these guys will hit the top of the list. After releasing eleven studio records the groove/thrash titans bring us their 2011 release Kairos (being number twelve). Throughout Sepultura’s career there has been some up and down’s in terms of quality. The absence of Max Cavalera left many uncertainties about the group ever returning to its previous form found on records such as Roots and Chaos A.D.. The follow up album from his departure, Against, certainly affirmed most of the metal community’s thoughts. However with Kairos, Sepultura are lifting the overall standard of their releases and this in turn should make a few fans remember the good days.

Members of the band have stated that this is very much a concept album. Guitarist Andreas Kisser adds in an interview that;"It's a collection of 'kairos' that [got us] here. It's being inspired by our own biography, but mostly [focusing] on what Sepultura is today". A theme that has been shaped by the bands changes, both internal and external.

Kairos opens with Spectrum, a track that shows much of the bands signature sound. The opening lyrical linings: ‘With these eyes, we shook the world’ describes the impact Sepultura had on the hard rock and metal industry and while it holds the typical Sepultura sound the track itself is plagued by some repetitious riffing and lyrical phasing, making this a slow start for the album in terms of the bands energy. The title track Kairos brings back much of the band’s former glory. Fortunately for Kairos (album), the positives outweigh the negatives, especially in that of the instrumentation. Vocalist Derrick Green compliments each track well and creatively has a rhythmical vocal phrasing that further increases tracks playback values. Whether it be the typical gruff screams or contrasting deep spoken word sections that can be found in Dialog there is a solid vocal performance throughout the album. The guitars are much of the same old recipe used by Sepultura i.e. crunchy guitar riffs with solid, driving tempos, but adding to the bands technical presence is the solos. Fast, utilizing many bends and some sweeps helps maintain the listener and draw them further into the song. The drum work of Jean Dolabella is fairly consistent and provides the tribal influences at various stages of the album. The drums do not over power the other musical elements and provide the perfect back bone for the band. Paulo’s bass work here blends well with the band gives the guitar work a more solid sound. It’s not always the first thing passing through the listeners ears but it makes its mark on the record and in a good way.

Experimentation is shown by Sepultura, most notably in Structure Violence (Azzes). Effects are layered over a rather industrial but tribal blended sound. Even though this is a contrast from the rest of the album there is still a solid “Sepulturian” sound that can be found here. Unfortunately this track creates a blend in the album as some ideas are repeated and sections progress for too long. This shows Kairos’ good ideas that are poorly executed.

Overall the thrash/groove titans show much of a quality record but lack some of the band’s former standard. This is a step in the right direction and shows that the groups ideas are not completely used up. Kairos makes for a welcome return of the former Sepultura quality. Fans of the genre and band alike should find something they like here.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 25th 2011



6923 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I have seen some pretty mixed opinions on this, here's mine. Seems this is pretty hit and miss.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
July 25th 2011



21550 Comments


Surprised at the high average score tbh

Digging: Septicflesh - Communion

bowlofsoup
July 25th 2011



1073 Comments


Solid review as usual, though I would change vocal phrasing to vocal delivery in the sentence that begins with "Vocalist Derrick Green." I don't have any particular reason why though. Pos'd

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 25th 2011



6923 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't have any particular reason why though

I've got one, it sounds better lol. Thanks for the pos work.

bowlofsoup
July 25th 2011



1073 Comments


No problem. I've been meaning to look into this band for the longest time and never seem to get around to it. I think it would be safe to assume this isn't a good album to start with though

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 25th 2011



6923 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not to start with no, try Roots or Chaos A.D. those seem to be the better received albums. I'm surprised this didn't already have a review though.

bowlofsoup
July 25th 2011



1073 Comments


Sounds good. I'll add those two to the list of rec's you've already given me.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 25th 2011



6923 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No problem, happy to help.

south_of_heaven 11
July 25th 2011



5433 Comments


Do not want to hear. Band died after "Arise" (stfu Choas A.D. fanboys, that album blows)

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 25th 2011



6923 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Maybe Roots, seems to be the bigger option here.

Asiatic667
July 25th 2011



4647 Comments


Roots is great, Arise is good. Rest I've heard from these guys blows

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 25th 2011



6923 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Any notes on the review? Feel free to add anything.

WashboardSuds
July 25th 2011



4981 Comments


Fortunately for Kairos (album)


Just one thing: don't put both the album titles and song titles in italics. Traditionally the album is italicized and the song titles are put in quotes. If you follow this you won't need to specify which one you're referring to.

Effects are layered over a rather industrial but tribal blended sound.


try Effects are layered over a blend of industrial and tribal sounds.

A theme that has been shaped by the bands changes, both internal and external.


band's

This is a step in the right direction and shows that the groups ideas are not completely used up.


group's

otherwise review looks pretty good

Digging: Acid Bath - When the Kite String Pops

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 25th 2011



6923 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I hate grammar, lol.

Eclecticist
July 25th 2011



3863 Comments


Good review, pos!

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 25th 2011



6923 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cheers! You like sepultura?

Acanthus
July 25th 2011



9535 Comments


Only heard a bit of their stuff off of Roots, not enough to get it but it was good tattoo music.

Digging: Die Sektor - Applied Structure In A Void

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 25th 2011



6923 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I know what you mean, guess I'm into it a bit more than you lol

Acanthus
July 25th 2011



9535 Comments


Yeah, but it still wasn't bad though so at least there's that.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 25th 2011



6923 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

but it still wasn't bad though so at least there's that.

Maybe it's time to re-try a few things.






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