The latest from Brazilian thrash band Sepultura, Kairos, was released in Europe last week. For us Sepultura fans in North America, we’re going to have to wait until July 12.
The word kairos comes from ancient Greek, meaning an undetermined period of time, in between time, in which something good happens. Guitarist Andreas Kisser explains the band’s reason for choosing this as the title:
The whole theme of the album is the concept of the time [sic], and the title reflects that — it’s like one concept of time which is not chronological, from one to two; it’s like a an [sic] 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…We thought about [that in regards to] SEPULTURA itself — 26 years of history and the moment where we are now; why we’re here; why we’re doing this album and why we have what we have; the changes we have inside and outside the band. It’s a collection of ‘kairos’ [moments] that [got us] here. It’s being inspired by our own biography, but mostly [focusing] on what SEPULTURA is today.”
The major underlying theme is the way the band has changed over the last 26 years. Explains Kisser:
This album is inspired by ourselves, SEPULTURA, our whole history and all the experiences, after 26 years of a career, with many changes inside and outside the band, we are still here, in 2011, touring, playing, recording and doing what we love the most, to live for music. This is the kind of feeling on “Kairos”, all the lyrics are talking about us, our families, relationship with managers, labels, press and the fans, our experiences on stage and touring the world. It is a very intimate album, very personal views. Sound-wise, it has a little bit of everything we did in the past, plus new elements that we always bring to every new SEPULTURA album.