|Review: Sepultura - Kairos|
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2011
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: August 5, 2011
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 2.75/5 (55%) (28 Votes)
Another stock market meltdown yesterday, and now me listening to a post-1991 Sepultura album. Repent, bitches! The end is near! As usual I had no intention of killing my brain cells with any modern Sepultura, but a few people mentioned that it wasn't bad and the PR guy insisted I check it out. Well, color me surprised. Most of the album is actually decent "modern Thrash" with a very subtle hint of old school "clean Thrash" (more akin to Megadeth and Metallica than to old, all-hell-breaks-loose Sepultura.)
The vocals are an acquired taste – while on "No One Will Stand" the singer uses a more "standard" Thrash style, for the most part it's more of a mostly clean, screamo type that usually makes me turn off the music though I must say that here it's mostly tolerable, with only a few teeth-cringing passages.
The music is of the "fast and precise" variety as far as Thrash goes – very disciplined, nothing messy. I like the guitars the most, with some cool old school-style riffs making their way in on a few songs, though for the most part it's the more modern, kind of "half-boring" style that prevails. Of course Sepultura could just let a relatively good thing be, and the last two songs are pretty fucking crappy, the kind of junk I'd expect from post-1991 Sepultura. That'll keep the hipsters happy, I guess.
Kairos is not a return to form for the band, though it does flirt with the old days here and there. As far as modern Thrash goes, you can probably do better, but you can certainly do worse.
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