SEPULTURA have certainly fought the system. Their continued efforts to push forward with their music (artistically) and the changes of focus have earned them quite a bit of criticism from fans and critics – myself included – yet, they continue to push forward. Leading us to where we are today, “Kairos," an album that nods towards their Thrash Metal roots and still retains that modern Hardcore infused pounding style that has earned them so much love/hatred.
It seems with each new album, I find myself typing, “This is SEPULTURA’s best album to date” and the trend continues on. “Kairos” is an album that launches the band towards an older sound and one that differentiates from their past catalog in many subtle ways. To be honest, “Kairos” is the best album this band has released since “Chaos A.D.."
“Kairos” is easily the band’s Thrashiest effort. Again, it seems like I say this with each new release form these Brazilian monsters, but the direction the band has been moving is undeniable. The riffs are faster and more energetic. There are quite a few more solos and leads being overlaid, showing the band moving away from their ‘riff is king’ mentality – although the riff is still the highlight of the album, just listen to the Groove opener “Spectrum” – and the drumming is far more intense and chaotic in its nature and generally moves away from the more Groove-oriented swing patterns. Derrick Green even seems to get into it with the vocals, throwing down some spitting fast roars and snarls. Maybe the band was inspired by Green’s performance with his Thrashy side project MUSICA DIABLO?
This new and more energetic outlook on the music of “Kairos” does lead to a different album ideology. Although “Kairos” is a concept album in theory, compared to even “A-Lex," this album is much less of an ‘experience.' When songs do leap into various ambient interludes - one can tell them by their numbered titles - and the last track on the album crafts an almost Industrial feel, the rest of the album acts more or less like a collection of individual songs rather than an album to be digested as a whole. At times, I did miss the conceptual effort that made their previous albums like “Dante XXI” fun to listen to, but the general style is embraced by the music in better form.
SEPULTURA are just moving closer and closer to their Thrash roots. This album is far more energetic and anthem-like in its writing, pushing the band back towards the chaotic spurts of intensity. It still retains that heavy Groove/Hardcore aspects (one can hear on the structuring), but “Kairos” gives us a band still evolving…all for the better.
Songs to check out: “Relentless," “Mask," “Born Strong."
(Online August 20, 2011)