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When it comes to influential Metal bands, Sepultura is one that obviously tops the list. This has been a band that, throughout the years, has done a lot to influence the way this style of music is handled, from their early Thrash roots to their mid-career Groove output. Since vocalist Max Cavalera parted ways with the group and founded Soulfly, the band has continuously been put down by their fans, and the Metal community in general for sub-par release after sub-par release, especially with their previous album A-Lex. So, the band needs to bounce back in a bad way, and in an effort to push this album, Nuclear Blast has issued an audio stream of the title track off Kairos.

“Kairos” does deliver, but that doesn’t necessarily say much for the full thing. The track isn’t all that bad, the music is pretty heavy and sounds brutal for the most part thanks to it. The main complaint is that the bass seems to be absent at lower audio levels, leaving you to turn the bass up on your speakers, and turning the volume up in general to actually hear it. But, for the recording to sound as heavy as it is sometimes with such a low bass sound is a plus, though it doesn’t really help the situation. Musically, it captures the Groove sound well, but it feels ungodly repetative with guitars that give a less technical Meshuggah vibe. The vocals are accentuated nicely though with this more brutal-sounding musical approach, and given the general groove of the song your head will be banging no matter what.

But, sadly, it just sounds like more sub-par Sepultura, but at a redeeming level. Hopefully this isn’t the best that Sepultura has to offer on the album, and if it is, it may be another that casual fans of the group pass up. But, if that’s not the case, and this is more just a teaser to better things to come, then the album may very well hold plenty of intense new songs that the fans have been dying to hear from the group in a good while. Sure, it may seem that the group won’t return to their darker Thrash roots, but this song at least captures the general brutality that many of those earlier songs brought with them, and the hypnotizing manner the song is executed with, despite some of the simpler chords becoming heavily repetative, still gives fans some hope of a truly brutalizing return of force from Sepultura, and a promise of a strong album to make up for A-Lex.

Article based on digital review material provided by Nuclear Blast Records