Well, this is exciting, when I reviewed this I only had 6 tracks, which I loved and left me wanting to more. In one of those ‘life is like a box of chocolates’ moments, (in this case like finding there’s another layer you didn’t know was there) it seems the TBFM gremlins had struck and only uploaded half the album. So here’s the original review, rejigged for all 12 tracks, with extra calories.
I’ve not heard of Knock Out Kaine before, and I’m really not sure how I missed them to be honest as they are exactly the type of riff laden and grooving rock that I love. The small but perfectly formed intro ‘The Welcome’ channels the spirit of The Sensational Alex Harvey Band and slams straight into title track ‘House of Sins’; this rocks along with a pounding riff and choral harmonies overlaid with Dean Foxx’s voice leaping out of the speakers and slapping you round the ears.
It becomes apparent that KOK are rather like naughty schoolboys, throwing in lyrics that can be taken either way, and I expect they give an ‘innocent’ cheeky grin while delivering them, ‘Liquor Up’ is one such example, it hits the groove with some tasty soloing from Jimmy Bohemian, the production, by Ewan Davies, is as fat as Axl Rose and begs to be turned up to max on the dial.
’Little Crystal’ has more hook than the Captain and just rocks, (‘scuse the pun) what more can I say, Dean Foxx’s vocals shows him to be right up there with some of the best the UK can offer and if he’s as strong live Knock Out Kaine could be set to become the darlings of the festival circuit.
The anthemic ‘Set the Night on Fire’ is a song that Bon Jovi could have written…. if they had put it on steroids and sent it to pump iron in a gym for a year. Semi acoustic, strummy ‘Backstreet Romeo’ will have an audience swaying, foot- tapping and joining the boys for the chorus. It’ll also be handy when they are required to do the obligatory acoustic set; the middle eight is as slick as a BP spill.
‘Skinstar’ is about treating your woman like a porn star, and they make it sound like a compliment, romantic even, which is quite an achievement. Just when you thought they are all about cheeky fun they throw in the most divine ballad I’d like to put it on record right here I HATE ballads, but I do like a ‘slow’ song, there’s a difference, trust me. ‘Coming Home’ is so heart wrenching and heartfelt that played over a video of soldiers being repatriated would reduce the coldest heart to tears.
But KOK aren’t going to let you forget what they are really about and ‘Going Down’ brings you right back to where they want you, having a good old party time. It’s a straight rocker, no questions asked. ‘Time’ is huge, it has a touch of the Thin Lizzy about it and it’s just asking to be played through a massive 10k rig, mid-evening slot in front of 150,000 people.
Onto another head-banging rocker with ‘Save Me’. It’s difficult to pinpoint who KOK sound like, they have the party vibe of Buckcherry, there’s a touch of the fun of Steel Panther about them too. This really is a strong collection of well written, well performed, well produced songs, definitely no filler here. KOK are a whole lot of fun; the album will lift your mood for sure. They’re a bit like the fun, party guy down the pub, who shows himself to be sweet and sensitive when you need a friend.
‘Moving On’, the final song, is the end of night equivalent of a hug and it closes the album, turns out the lights, slams the door behind it, slings it’s guitar over its shoulder, dusts its hands and heads off into the sunset, job abso- f**cking -lutely done…….