5. Just One Fix (Ministry cover)
10. Born Strong
11. Embrace The Storm
13. No One Will Stand
14. Structure Violence (Azzes)
16. Firestarter (The Prodigy cover)
17. Point Of No Return
sounds fresher than ever.
There’s no doubt that Sepultura has been around for a long period of
time. Does that bother me at all? Do they still have what it takes to
sell records? Are they over the hill in the world of metal? Can they
appeal to a new generation of metalers? Or are they just an old thrash
band from Brazil still recovering from their old lead singer (Max
Cavalera) leaving the band 12 years ago or so? These are valid questions
for the band in regards to their status. Since Kairos was released,
they’ve sold more CD’s in it’s first week than “A-Lex”
(http://www.gryphonmetal.ch/SepulturaALex.html) had, about 2500 records
vs. 1,600. Dante XXI sold 2300 records in it’s first week, for a
reference point. So yes, they can still sell records and the numbers are
encouraging. So, what can new fans expect from Sepultura? What can fans
expect from “Kairos?” Max Cavalera is old news. He has his bands,
Sepultura has moved on and in my opinion, for the better.
Sepultura sounds fresher than ever. I’d have to attribute most of it to
Jean Dollabella. His contributions to the band go largely unnoticed.
It’s through his arrangements that make Sepultura strongest since
they’re Against album. The first three tracks, on the album, “Spectrum,”
“Kairos,” and “Relentless” can be taken in series as it’s presented, as
in, The track isn’t fast and it’s not meant to really grab the listeners
attention, instead, it sets the tone of the album. “Kairos” blends blast
beats with a sort of dark edge that has to be heard. It’s thrash blended
with darker overtones and Derrick Greens style of growling where the
listener can understand (kinda) what he is singing. “Relentless” is the
fast track on the album. It’s the type of track that should start mosh
pits. If the album caught on, it could start riots at shows, it’s that
good of a song. The only problem I have with it, is that it gets old
after 5 or 6 listens.
The next set of tracks, “Just One Fix,” “Dialog,” and “Mask” are pretty
solid tracks as well. “Just One Fix” which is a Ministry cover, is
catchy. It got stuck in my head more than once a week. It’s darker and
heavier than Ministry’s version, not necessarily better, just different.
“Dialog” is my favourite song on the album. It’s the type of song that
should be analyzed. When one listens carefully, you can hear how dark
the song really is but along with that darkness you have these powerful
drum beats which makes the song that much heavier. The singing and the
guitar playing are second to none, where both are done so meticulously.
Derrick Green sounds like he’s telling a story when he’s singing it. I
absolutely love this track; I think everyone should listen to it. “Mask”
was a leftover track from “A-Lex.” It’s well made, but it’s forgettable
unfortunately. I couldn’t find any real way of listening to it, I feel
like it’s a filler track honestly.
I have to say something about, “Firestarter.” Before I bought this CD, I
hadn’t heard The Prodigy version of this song, and after I heard it and
compared it Sepultura, there’s no contest. Sepultura’s version is a
billion times better. It’s harder, catchier and it doesn’t sound
ridiculous. This is another track I recommend to download from
Overall, I really liked the album. I’m biased because it is Sepultura
and all. But I thought the album was too long. I think, if they had kept
it to 10 tracks, it would have been better. There are tracks I felt were
a little unnecessary to have on there. Good, well made tracks, but I
didn’t feel anything from them. Can Sepultura appeal to younger
audiences? Remember, in 1997 or so when Max left, someone who is 21 now,
would have been 7-8 years old when that happened and didn’t grow up
knowing, Roots, Chaos AD, Arise, ect. Sepultura has a potential new
audience that it can appeal to. I just think they need to be on the
right tour to do it.
Bottom line, go buy the album, download it on various websites (pay for
it) I think it’s worth it.
by Matthew Haumschild Chief
Editor in USA