APRIL 13th 2012
NORTH AMERICAN KAIROS TOUR
Review By: Ayako Mayumi
Photos By: Peter Ruttan
Studio Seven is a good-sized venue (700 plus capacity or so) in Seattle WA. It’s located in Seattle’s Sodo area, an industrial area where you have the Safeco Field with surrounding cool little bars to hang out before a Mariners game or to grab a smokey jumbo hotdog from a street vendor as he tells you a story about the area but for me tonights destination is to attend a thrash metal show named the NORTH AMERICAN KAIROS TOUR 2012 with Sepultura, Death Angel, Krisiun and Havok.
Local Seattle metal bands added to the bill Psychonaut Deathtrip and Primarch sets were short but still were able to deliver a set that is both powerful and enjoyable. This is a constant reminder of what thrash used to be and what it appears to be becoming again!
Colorado thrash-mongers Havok were to hit the stage next. Their crunchy, high intensity set included some of the band’s early material in addition to the killer Destruction-meets-Metallica stuff from recently released Time is Up. “D.O.A.” in particular, a massive headbanger of a tune with an insane “Angel of Death” scream from David Sanchez, was a highlight. Havok did an excellent job of inciting the die hard thrash fans.
Brazilian thrash/death metal Krisiun are an absolute killing machine in a live setting, and are one of the few bands that I’ll go to see every time that they roar through Seattle or Vancouver. Krisiun lead vocalist/bassist Alex Camargo hit a number of highlights from AssassiNation and Southern Storm, including a few of my personal favorites in “Vicious Wrath” and “Refusal”. Krisiun puts in a powerful performance with excellent sound, and are always a tough act to follow.
Death Angel who need no introduction started out the night with a crushing and melodic set, which for me really brought the energy of the show to a high point from the time they hit the stage. These thrash veterans played a great collection of tracks spanning throughout their 30 years of existence including ‘Claws in So Deep’ and ‘The Ultra-Violence’ going into ‘Thrown to the Wolves.‘ As the crowd dusted themselves off from the thrash attack everyone in the crowd truly experience Death Angel at its peak and not one headbanger felt disappointed.
The headliners Sepultura had there bus brake down earlier in the day and had just arrived a couple of hours before they were to hit the stage. So with no sound check they kicked things off with “Dark Wood of Error” which instantly had everyone losing control. Lead singer Derrick Green rules the stage with such a swagger and confident vibe. He totally connects with the audience and the audience seemed to completely connect with him. Slamming right into “Refuse/Resist” just kicked it into overdrive and had the audience chanting the lyrics word for word right back at the band. Guitarist Andreas Kisser had an amazing presence and the crowd just seems to gravitate towards him as after every song. New drummer Eloy Casagrande is a 21-year-old drum prodigy from São Paulo, Brazil who won the Modern Drummer "Undiscovered Drummer" contest as a teenager in 2006. He pounded the kit and knew all the material really well and is a great fit for the band.
Sepultura’s 18 song set list was very much an anthology of a long and now legendary career that has boasted some of the greatest metal ever made. The band performed a couple of new songs from there new album “Kairos” and these new songs seemed to fit in really well with the classic material and were very well accepted by the crowd. The band managed to slip in some really great classics like “Arise” and “Territory” but it was the closer “Roots Bloody Roots” that really shook things up and once again had the audience syncing with the band and singing every word right back at them. The band said their good-byes and exited the stage. It seems rare that I see smiles at a metal show like this but there wasn’t a single face that didn’t look like it had just seen an amazing show with 4 great bands.