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The young Hard Rock four piece KNOCK OUT KAINE are from the Midlands region of the UK. Voted best unsigned act of 2008 by Kerrang! and after two good EP's, the band got signed and now are releasing their full length debut "House Of Sins".

 

Over the last few years Knock Out Kaine have forged a chemistry way beyond their years, which only truly great bands are able to accomplish. By no means X-Factor style 'overnight successes', they have been working their craft hard since their conception in 2005, building to the point where Knock Out Kaine are ready to explode onto 2012 in a very big way.

 

Indeed, "House Of Sins" is an explosive album. Here Knock Out Kaine combines all the hard rock sleazy of Motley Crue, Guns or the first LA Guns and the awesomeness of Cinderella, Slaughter and White Lion with some melodic rock overtones in a punchy package.

 

Dean Foxx has one of those voices coming out straight-off Sunset Blvd, rough but by no means cheap. The guy has an obviously educated throat, as he clearly display a wide range of modulations, always in perfect pitch.

 

The rhythm section has the exact cadency for this kind of rock, but who really shines is guitarist Jimmy Bohemian, a complete six-string axeman both on electrics or acoustics. His guitar style / tone is awesomely '80s, reminding you Cinderella's Jeff LaBar and Vitto Bratta of White Lion.

 

The first thing that impress you is the stupendous musiciansip delivered by the band, were all the instrumentation sound tight and shiny.

Although the material is mostly sweaty late '80s American hard rock oriented, the sound is polished and melodic, but with all the necessary sharpness to rock you hard. Honestly, I can't find a weak track on "House Of Sins".

 

You can't resist to the thunderous drum beat of "Set The Night On Fire", a genuine rocker with crankin’ guitars and head bangin’ rhythm. Couple that with a great hook and you got the kind of track that makes you sit up and take notice.Title track "House Of Sins" is a thrilling hard rocker with a fantastic riff in the style of Motley's 'Kickstart My Heart', a kickin' track complete with cowbel.The riff of the catchy "Liquor Up" is absolutely early eighties Van Halen, same in the tongue-in-cheek "Skinstar" wich features a very melodic chorus. "Little Crystal" is the band's at its sleaziest. A chugging riff and an unsteady drum beat are the main ingredients while lyrically it tells the tale of a little girl who went off the tracks.

 

All songs are catchy and instant, but "Goin’ Down” (She Goes)" is the highlight amongst all these catchiness. A track whose foot tapping rhythm and infectious chorus make it tailor made to be played live. A winner. Cinderella come to mind in the uptempo but acoustically layered "Backstreet Romeo", a track that 25 years ago have been a MTV hit. Knock Out Kaine also has a melodic rock side. The midtempo "Moving On" has melodius line with some kind of angelic background vocals and nice atmosphere. On the sensual "Time", the foursome explore their bluesy roots. The vocals of mister Foxx on this particular track hold the middle between actual singing and talking and this works just perfect. And then we have another tune predestined to be a hit. The emotionally charged "Coming Home" is a lighters in the air power ballad like we used to have plenty of back in the '80s. It's presented in a long 6:21 album version and a shorten Radio Edit take.

 

 

Knock Out Kaine are a welcome curveball to what has been tipped for 2012, unfashionably cool with their middle digit firmly raised to the trend setters and followers alike. This CD easily could be titled Time Machine, as the music encapsulated in these twelve tunes are a fantastic rendition to '80s American Hard Rock, both in sound and attitude. "House Of Sins" sounds as is the members of Knock Out Kaine have melted all their parents' vinyls, liquefied them and diluted with a plenty dose of Jack Daniels. The songs move relentlessly forward, with catchiness and bite, very well produced and executed. Each member puts in a flashy performance on this recording and I think the band can be proud of their efforts in this debut.

 

"House Of Sins" is an excellent release from an up and coming UK band and, hopefully, we'll be hearing a lot more from Knock Out Kaine in the future.

 

01 - The Welcome

02 - House Of Sins

03 - Liquor Up

04 - Little Crystal

05 - Set The Night On Fire

06 - Backstreet Romeo

07 - Skinstar

08 - Coming Home

09 - Going Down (She Goes)

10 - Time

11 - Save Me

12 - Moving On

13 - Coming Home (Radio Edit)

 

 

Dean Foxx (vocals)

Jimmy Bohemian (guitar, backing vocals)

Lee Byrne (bass, backing vocals)

Danny Krash (drums, backing vocals)

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Couple of very positive reviews here, although we'll need Bernd to give us the gist (or just use Google Translate):

 

http://www.myrevelations.de/index.php?section=reviews&module=cdreviews&submodule=review_detail&reviewid=10159

 

http://www.hardharderheavy.de/review_rezension/review_knock_out_kaine.shtml

 

(Strange that the only online reviews of a British rock band's debut album are on German websites!)

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Having difficulty listening to samples, but managed a quick listen to a couple of tunes at the weekend. Despite the review above comparing this to 80s rock, it sounded very classic rock-ish to me - is this right? I could have been mistaken, but the brief clips I heard were leaning towards 70s rock. :unsure:

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hm not really impressive for me. I like 'House of Sins' and 'Backstreet Romeo' - 'Liquor Up', 'Coming Home', and 'Going Down' also sounds pretty nice, but the rest seems too average. Probably in the 70% region, not sure, but the classic rock reference probably has something to do with couple of their songs maybe such as 'Time' which is quite bluesy and 'Save Me' which has that old AC/DC feel

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hm not really impressive for me. I like 'House of Sins' and 'Backstreet Romeo' - 'Liquor Up', 'Coming Home', and 'Going Down' also sounds pretty nice, but the rest seems too average. Probably in the 70% region, not sure, but the classic rock reference probably has something to do with couple of their songs maybe such as 'Time' which is quite bluesy and 'Save Me' which has that old AC/DC feel

 

Computer fixed, samples listened to and...

 

Not my bag at all this one. Doesn't sound like 80s rock to me, but not to worry what category it fits in, the songs don't do much for me. Moving on.

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hm not really impressive for me. I like 'House of Sins' and 'Backstreet Romeo' - 'Liquor Up', 'Coming Home', and 'Going Down' also sounds pretty nice, but the rest seems too average. Probably in the 70% region, not sure, but the classic rock reference probably has something to do with couple of their songs maybe such as 'Time' which is quite bluesy and 'Save Me' which has that old AC/DC feel

 

Computer fixed, samples listened to and...

 

Not my bag at all this one. Doesn't sound like 80s rock to me, but not to worry what category it fits in, the songs don't do much for me. Moving on.

 

yeah man, better wait for the new Testament, have you checked out the front cover ? it's pure awesome, can't wait to hit on the samples!

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hm not really impressive for me. I like 'House of Sins' and 'Backstreet Romeo' - 'Liquor Up', 'Coming Home', and 'Going Down' also sounds pretty nice, but the rest seems too average. Probably in the 70% region, not sure, but the classic rock reference probably has something to do with couple of their songs maybe such as 'Time' which is quite bluesy and 'Save Me' which has that old AC/DC feel

 

Computer fixed, samples listened to and...

 

Not my bag at all this one. Doesn't sound like 80s rock to me, but not to worry what category it fits in, the songs don't do much for me. Moving on.

 

yeah man, better wait for the new Testament, have you checked out the front cover ? it's pure awesome, can't wait to hit on the samples!

 

Yeah, the cover is a beast - fantastic! This is the one album this year I don't want to hear any samples of, I just want to get the CD and listen to the whole thing.

 

Nothing to do with Knock Out Kaine though. :whistle:

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Posted this over in the "Shout It Out" category like I always do with my reviews, but figured I would resurrect this thread and post it here as well. My review of Knock Out Kaine: "House of Sins" went up on Hardrock Haven this morning; here's the link if you want to check it out:

 

http://hardrockhaven.net/online/2012/09/knock-out-kaine-house-of-sins/

 

A good, solid, '80s-style hard rock album.

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