|Review: Kairos - Wicked Callings|
Label: Bleeding Music Records
Year released: 2015
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: July 26, 2015
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)
Kairos is a young outfit from Gothenburg, Sweden that has managed dig deeply into the NWOBHM and come up with a debut album, Wicked Callings, which sounds like an updated version of Judas Priest's classic Sin After Sin and Stained Class albums. These young Swedes have gone back to the roots of Heavy Metal and trusts in the power of simple and catchy tunes to engage the listeners. They have an authentic sound that may be a little cliché but is also a little mysterious which should appeal to many true Heavy Metal freaks. What I also find great about them, besides their young ages, is vocalist Tom Hamström who has tried to emulate Rob Halford (the Sin/Stained albums era), at least occasionally, and has done a good job in my opinion. Undoubtedly Ozzy Osbourne was something of an influence on Kairos as well because they chose to cover "I Don't Know" for their debut album and they give a pleasing enough treatment.
Listening to Kairos' Wicked Callings is like going back in time 40+ years and it's great to hear the big influence the ancestors of Heavy Metal (Priest, Maiden, Ozzy, etc.) still have on the younger generations of metalheads. Making this nostalgia trip back with Kairos was fun and Wicked Callings is recommended for all of you nostalgia-hungry metalheads.
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