Sepultura - Kairos (Nuclear Blast)

Sepultura is back and not to the Roots. They are back to Chaos AD instead!
Release Date: 
24 Jun 2011 - 12:30pm


Yes, I’ve said it, and I’m not even on drugs. Point blank: This new album Kairos sounds like if Sepultura lost the Cavalera brothers after the release of Chaos AD and Derrick Green entered  the band after that: dismiss the tribal drums. Dismiss the hardcore influences. Add some natural groove intrinsic to the band since the 1990’s and you’ll get the whole picture.

Kairos has the production of Roy Z, which is a whole new thing for their sound and really brought new winds to the old thrash metal legends. Andreas Kisser is inspired again, adding REAL solos to the band’s music, making it a real deal when we talk about metal.

Opener Spectrum is not quite a thing. Maybe it was a mistake to put this track at the beginning of the album, but, yes, it is a good one: A mid-tempo song with intense riffs.

But the real deal is the title track: Kairos is really impressive and the most “metal” thing Sepultura has done in AGES. As I said before, forget that loose hardcore riffage of the previous albums with Derrick, here the thrumming is intense, right on target. The track has too much going on to take in at first listen everything that is happening. It’s not a Necrophagist or Dream Theater of sorts, it’s the real achievement of what Andreas Kisser and his troupe were pursuing when they talked about all the poppycock about being original. Now they finally got to that. But I digress.

There's another track, Relentless, that follows the very same logic, with the portentous voice of Derrick leading the way.

The album has 4 interludes with their titles numbered: 2011, 1433, 5772 and 4648. Each one of them represents the year 2011 in different calendars, which, I guess, have something to do with the album title. You know, Arab Spring and all that jive...

The first cover of the CD comes in the form of Ministry’s Just One Fix. I adore this song, and Sepultura made a great job of it. The other one is only in the special edition: Prodigy’s Firestarter. Okay you, reader of a zine called METAL AS FUCK, may not be a great fan of Prodigy. I hate Prodigy too, but damn, what a great version. Sepultura has the Midas touch when it comes to executing good cover versions. 

Of course Kairos has its flaws too: the grooviest vocals in the – good – song Dialog and Embrace the Storm hinders all the beautiful work. Nothing is perfect.

Mask brings about something of, ahem, Cavalera Conspiracy’s Inflikted (the song). Maybe it was unintentional, but after the glorious return of the Cavalera Brothers to the metallic arena, Sepultura couldn’t make a sub-par opus, could they? And no, Kairos is not a cheesy imitation of Cavalera Conspiracy. The two bands are, more than ever, completely different forces now.

Although the album ismade up by, say, 80% mid-paced songs, it has its fast moments too, as in the song Seethe

Born Strong and  No One Will Stand are great tracks too, and show complicated tempos. The work of Jean Dollabela is simply fantastic and, although I rated his drumming on A-Lex rather mediocre, here the guy works hard and lives up to the expectations of being the replacement of Igor Cavalera.

Structure Violence (Azzes) is a strange industrial track, interesting, but not great. One can call it a filler.

The very last track, the other bonus on special edition, is called Point of No Return and could easily fit in as one of the regular tracks, given the great song it is. 

The brothers C won’t return to Sepultura, at least not too soon. I’m glad with that.  Now you can sit and enjoy Kairos as long as you can get and let’s change the subject.