4. Just One Fix (Ministry cover)
8. Born Strong
9. Embrace the Storm
10. No One Will Stand
11. Structure Violence (Azzes)
Release Date: 24 June 2011 – Nuclear Blast
New Release of brazilian Thrash legends Sepultura. After their last, not really showing progress in reaching old qualities, album A-Lex the band now tries it with Kairos. So..I think not a lot of people thought the band can make it with the new one to the strength of their 80’s and early 90’s highlights.
But….sometimes people can get surprised….
Midtempo guitar hookline starts „Spectrum“. Typical Sepultura drums and really deep vocals of Derrick Green to follow. Aggressive shouts from the huge black man like in best Cavalera times. The song keeps the hookline and a brutal razor guitar solo, well it is not really a solo, proofs that Sepultura in these days are able again to kick ass.
The title track keeps that level in the same way. Green shouts „Kairos“ out of his lounge. Andreas Kisser creates some strange sounds with his guitar, always with great riffing as main line. I would say this is a brand new Sepultura hymn. Thumbs up !!
„Relentless“ is pure riff fire, brutal in shredding and shouting. Again with flippy guitars and even some melodic elements that doesn’t take the song anything of it’s brutality and power.
A short interlude called „2011“ appears before the band offers us a cover version of Ministry’s „Just one fix“. This industrial classic stands for itself. Sepultura bring their own note to this song but you always know what song this is. Good choice for a cover version…but for sure…cannot reach the original. But I don’t think that this is what the band wanted. They only like the song and play it their style.
Back to the own tracks. „Dialog“ starts with riffing and breaks with spoken words. Again more in midtempo. Good hooks to rise your fists in the air. The spoken words shall express the Dialog. Between whom? Doesn’t matter. Slower song, not in the quality like the songs before, but it has it’s own moments.
It is getting faster again with „Mask“. The weirs guitar arrangements sometimes remember to Raven. But the base is played harder. A typical rude thrash dog. Pure thrash…no experiments. Only direct hit in the face. Fast, furious, dirty. Cracking your brains in 4 ½ minutes.
Next short interruption „1433“ leads to „Seethe“. Shorter song full of thrash riffing and shouts. Nothing but brutal. Remembers a bit to old Metallica or Exodus with more aggressive vocals. Smasher !!
„Born Strong“ plays with some sound samples, like echoes in shouting. Deep timed guitars, extremely heavy. Like in the good old Sepultura times. Kisser doesn’t play solos…he more tries to change the guitar themes from harmonies to shredding and weird tone ladders.
More speed in „ Embrace the storm“. Rough, shred….thrash as thrash can. When I listen to the guitars I even would create the word swinging thrash.
Next shorty called „5772“ is only bell noise. And after this with „No one will stand“ follows the fastest track so far. Everything happens in highspeed. Who can keep this tempo? This song is a riot interrupted by a great riff and kind of a guitar solo.
With „Structure Violence (Azzees)“ we find something different. Industrial noises, completely strange sounds. Only underlined by guitar riffs this song sounds like being in a garage and punching on iron chains, tons whatever. Greene shouts as he would die in the next minute. Is this a tribal sequence in the middle? Something similar to it. But don’t fear…this song is brutal, yeah. But with a complete unique sound. Something really special for Sepultura. Interesting.
Last track is „4648“ and no…this is not an short intermezzo. This is a 8 minute longtrack that unites all the elements we heard in the songs before. Fast parts, cool riffing, some industrial vibes, typical Sepultura trademarks and much more. A party for thrash fans to explore many different things, always in line with the aggressive voice. In the middle the song stops and it seems another one would arrive. But only the ground direction moves back to straight thrash smashing elements. Brilliant son !!
Ok…Sepultura will not reach the classic status with this album that many early albums of them meanwhile have. But this release is better than the last, how many 3,4 or 5 albums, the band published.
A fresh statement that…..we can count again on brazils formerly and again finest thrash band!! Welcome back in the upper class, Sepultura.
Review by Kerbinator
BUY THIS ALBUM: Sepultura – Kairos (Ltd. Edition)