Kairos (album)

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Kairos
Studio album by Sepultura
Released June 24, 2011
Recorded December 2010–March 2011 at Trama Studios, São Paulo, Brazil
Genre Groove metal,[1][2] thrash metal,[1][2][3] death metal[4]
Length 45:51
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Roy Z
Sepultura chronology
A-Lex
(2009)
Kairos
(2011)
The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart
(2013)

Kairos is the twelfth studio album by the Brazilian metal band Sepultura. It was released on June 24, 2011 by independent German record label Nuclear Blast Records. This is the band's first release on the label, marking their first album not released on SPV/Steamhammer since 2001's Nation.

Background and recording[edit]

On July 6, 2010, it was announced that Sepultura were signed with Nuclear Blast Records, and would release their first album for the label in 2011.[5] By the end of 2010, the band had begun writing new material and entered the studio to begin recording their twelfth album with producer Roy Z (Judas Priest, Halford, Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson, Helloween).[6][7][8] Recording sessions for Kairos took place from December 2010 to March 2011 at Trama Studios in São Paulo, Brazil, the same studio where its 2009 predecessor A-Lex was recorded.

On March 1, 2011, it was announced that Sepultura had completed recording their album, which was tentatively due in May 2011.[9] Days after the album was finished, Sepultura announced on March 4, 2011 that the album would be called Kairos and would be released around that late spring or early summer.[10] Kairos was Sepultura's last album recorded with drummer Jean Dolabella, as he left the band five months after its release.

Concept[edit]

Speaking of how the band came up with the Kairos title, Andreas Kisser said:

The whole theme of the album is the concept of the time, and the title reflects that — it's like one concept of time which is not chronological, from one to two; it's like an instant in time, it's a special time of change... Everyone's life is written by [their] choices — you have many 'kairos' moments, like if you go [from] point A [to point] B [to point] C, you are driven by your choices or your guidance; you have to go either one way or the other. And that's the kind of time we talked about — not about aging or getting old or going back [in time]; it's just [about those important] moments that can change everything.

According to the guitarist, the concept had to do with Sepultura's 26-year-old history and the changes inside and outside the band. "It's a collection of 'kairos' that [got us] here. It's being inspired by our own biography, but mostly [focusing] on what Sepultura is today," he added.[11]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4/5 stars[1]
AllMusic 3/5 stars[12]
The A.V. Club C−[13]
Blistering (8.5/10)[14]
Jukebox:Metal 3/5 stars[15]
Knac 3/5 stars[16]
Metal Archives (favourable)[17]
Metal Underground 4.5/5 stars[18]
Metalholic (8.8/10)[19]
Omelete 4/5 stars[20]
Onemetal 4/5 stars[21]
Rockfreaks (8.5/10)[22]
Sonic Abuse (highly favorable)[23]
That Devil Music (8.5/10)[24]

Kairos was well received by music critics and fans. Kairos sold over 2,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release[25] and topped the CMJ Loud Rock chart for three weeks.[26] The album charted in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.[27] The band toured Europe, U.S.A, Canada and Brazil for the Kairos World Tour.[28]

The song "Mask" is a downloadable content in the 2012 video game Twisted Metal.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Sepultura except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Spectrum"   4:03
2. "Kairos"   3:37
3. "Relentless"   3:36
4. "2011"   0:30
5. "Just One Fix" (Ministry cover) 3:33
6. "Dialog"   4:57
7. "Mask"   4:31
8. "1433"   0:31
9. "Seethe"   2:27
10. "Born Strong"   4:40
11. "Embrace the Storm"   3:32
12. "5772"   0:29
13. "No One Will Stand"   3:17
14. "Structure Violence (Azzes)"   5:39
15. "4648"   8:22
Deluxe Edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
15. "4648"     0:27
16. "Firestarter" (The Prodigy cover)   4:28
17. "Point of No Return"     3:27

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Marsicano, Dan. "Sepultura - Kairos Review". About.com. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b No Life Til Metal - CD Gallery - Sepultura
  3. ^ Sepultura: Kairos - AV Club
  4. ^ "Sepultura - Kairos - REVIEW". Chris Ward. 12 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "SEPULTURA Signs With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS". July 6, 2010. 
  6. ^ "SEPULTURA Writing New Material On The Road". August 2, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Sepultura's New Album Is in Pipeline". Oneindia Entertainment. August 3, 2010. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  8. ^ "SEPULTURA Taps Producer ROY Z. For New Album". November 30, 2010. 
  9. ^ "SEPULTURA Completes Recording New Album; Lays Down MINISTRY, THE PRODIGY Covers". March 1, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Exclusive: New SEPULTURA Album Title Revealed". March 4, 2011. 
  11. ^ "SEPULTURA: Video Message From North American Tour". May 26, 2011.
  12. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Kairos - Sepultura". AllMusic. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  13. ^ Heller, Jason (July 12, 2011). "Sepultura: Kairos". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  14. ^ Donnelly, Justin. "Sepultura - Kairos (Nuclear Blast Records)". Blistering. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  15. ^ Brad Sanders (October 24, 2011). "Sepultura – Kairos review". Jukebox:Metal. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  16. ^ Atkinson, Peter (August 22, 2011). "Sepultura, Kairos". Knac. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Sepultura - Kairos - Reviews". Metal Archives. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Sepultura - 'Kairos' (CD)". Metal Underground. June 29, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  19. ^ Rose, Rustyn (June 12, 2011). "Review: Kairos". Metalholic. Retrieved July 10, 2011
  20. ^ Monteiro, Rodrigo (June 28, 2011). "Sepultura – Kairos | Crítica". Omelete. Retrieved July 10, 2011
  21. ^ Ward, Chris (June 12, 2011). "Sepultura – Kairos". Onemetal. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Sepultura - Kairos". Rock Freaks. July 22, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  23. ^ "Sepultura – 'Kairos' Album Review". Sonic Abuse. June 30, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Devil's Review: Sepultura – Kairos". That Devil Music. June 14, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  25. ^ "MUSICA DIABLO Parts Ways With SEPULTURA Frontman DERRICK GREEN". July 28, 2011. 
  26. ^ "Sepultura 'Kairos' Tops CMJ Loud Rock Chart for Third Straight Week". Altsounds. July 17, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  27. ^ "Sepultura's Kairos Album Hits Charts In Germany, Austria, Switzerland". BW&BK. July 8, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  28. ^ http://hangout.altsounds.com/news/149073-sepultura-continues-a-long-tour-europe.html