"House of Sins" (Dust on the Tracks Records; 2012)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Knock Out Kaine is one of those bands that you can't help but like from the moment the laser first hits the CD. It's solid hard rock with just enough Sunset Strip grime and rough-edged melodies to grab you at once and hold you.

Most of the tracks herein are flat-out rockers in the Guns N'Roses/Y&T/Quiet Riot sort of vein, loaded with chunky chords, throaty vocals and soaring leads. A ballad may pop up occasionally but that's okay when it feels as genuine as "Coming Home" does here and there are always the only-for-fun tracks, such as "Going Down (She Goes)" which will, at the very least, put a smile on your face and a tap in your toe.

This British band isn't out to break new ground or show you how fast they can play. Instead, they simply deliver some addictive songs, all of which are enhanced more than a bit by the crisp mastering by Ray Staff (Led Zeppelin/Black Sabbath/Asia).

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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