Listmania: 10 Years of “Kairos” by Sepultura!

It’s been a little while since we did one of these but as 2021 sees not only the 20th Anniversary of the second Sepultura album with Derrick Green and their last with Roadrunner Records but also the 10th Anniversary of their album “Kairos“, we’ve decided to go over the second half of the bands life and pick our top #5 Sepultura tracks with Derrick Green at the helm. Yes there have been miss-steps and things which don’t work but there have also been some absolute rippers that the band simply haven’t had the credit for…

…first up it has to be “Convinced In Life” from the Dante’s The Divine Comedy inspired “Dante XXI” in 2006. Everything comes together for this one, a horror themed music video, an incredible riff from Andreas Kisser and Green’s vocals on point. The last album to feature Iggor Cavalera behind the kit and sees him exit on a high with the band in good form for their 10th Studio outing…

…our second choice has to be “Mind War” from 2003’s “Roorback“, the bands debut with German titan label SPV. The albums sees the band storm back with some of their fiercest work, soaked in politically charged lyrics with themes of political corruption and civil unrest mirroring those in their native Brazil running throughout…

… third must be “Kairos“, the title track of the bands 2011 twelfth album and their first with Napalm Records and perhaps coincidentally¬† former Roadrunner Records guru Monte Conner joined the label the following summer. The album was the last with Jean Dolabella on the kit and with covers of Ministry and The Prodigy surprise additions it plays on the idea of moments and decisions which change the path of life…

…fourth we return to “Against” for arguably the one major stand out from the critically panned album in “Choke“. Something of an anthem with a ripper of a solo from Kisser and exquisite tribal drum part mid cut, this one is enough to raise the roof of any show. It’s just a shame that the album as a whole didn’t live up to this one cut…

…last but by no means least it has to be “Isolation” from the brilliance that is “Quadra” which sees the band play the track to a rabid crowd at Rio In Rio in the video. The album is a refreshing and inspired moment with thunderous drumming from Eloy Casagrande and Progressive Metal leanings that blow the mind. If you only hear one of their albums of this era, make it this one!

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