Because of my age and the point in time that I got into metal, my first Sepultura
album was A-Lex
. And I think thatâs the reason why I donât find the post-Cavalera Sepultura
as atrocious as most others seem to. But now that Iâve heard the Cavalera era of Sepultura
, I have become aware that those are Sepultura
âs best albums. But that doesnât mean I canât stand the newer Sepultura
. I still listen to A-Lex
and I enjoy it too, especially Moloko Mesto, probably the heaviest thrash metal song ever created. Hereâs the thing with Kairos
, itâs not amazing by itself, but itâs AMAZING compared to all the other post-Cavalera Sepultura
records. For most thrash metal fans, this isnât easily enjoyable. There is one group that could easily find this album to be amazing, and that is the group that has been looking for a SLOWER thrash metal record. I know how weird and impossible putting the words âslowâ and âthrash metalâ into the same sentence seems, but Sepultura
make it possible with Kairos
The really tall black guy that replaced Max Cavalera as the front man has an extremely rough yell that sounds like the monster from your childhood nightmares. Thatâs why I like this guyâs vocals, the smooth, yet dirty sound his yells have. And although his vocals have a very powerful and angry sound, that angry sound is monotonous. There isnât much diversity in his vocals at all; at first, his yells sound completely enraged and emotional, but they quickly turn really bland after not changing at all. Thatâs why I donât like this guyâs vocals. But fortunately, the tastelessness of his vocals doesnât act as an obstruction.
This album is pretty mediocre, but itâs not generic in the slightest sense. For those of you that want a headbanging thrash metal album that has a lot of Pantera
-influenced grooves and heavy downbeats, Kairos
is something you need to hear. My favorite headbanging track is Just One Fix, which is probably also my favorite song off the album. The guitar solos arenât anything more than just basic thrash-style shredding, although the solo in Just One Fix is actually really cool and shows the guitaristâs experience and skills. But other than that, this album is one of those that starts out awesome and then goes dry because it doesnât change.
It seems that Sepultura
hasnât lost their ability to play crushing shows (I will find out for myself on the 13th of this month). But itâs obvious enough that theyâve run out of the rich creative juices and that theyâre now simply just throwing out any cut nâ dry guitar riff they can come up with, make it long, put vocals on top, and throw in some shredding solos. This is one of those bands that are trying to create something that they donât have the materials for. Itâs like building a house out of plywood; it works, it stands up on its own, but itâs very weak and can be knocked down easily. It looks like Sepultura
has officially run out of hardwood and is down to making albums with the leftover scraps. I would give this album a rating of 14/20.