You’d be forgiven for thinking that the big boys of British Heavy Metal – Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Saxon – were behind Kaine’s latest release, as they prove once again their credentials as one of the few bands truly flying the flag for traditional British Heavy Metal in 2015.
Taken from Kaine’s upcoming third album, due to emerge later this year on Revival Metal Records, “Justice, Injustice“ is a stone-cold slab of exhilaratingly exuberant and unabashed Heavy Metal worship; the kind of riff-heavy songwriting that consciously tips its hat to the old-school but stands defiantly tall on its own merits. Kaine know they’re emulating their heroes but their’s is a modernised New Wave Of British Heavy Metal sound, frighteningly relevant in an era that habitually buries itself in sub-genre labelling when all that is required is the immediate hit of expertly played Heavy fuckin’ Metal!
Ever improving – a recent line-up change will undoubtedly not derail Kaine one little bit – there’s a Paul Di’Anno “Prowler” attitude to the opening of “Justice, Injustice” before some particularly fluid leads, de rigeur galloping riffs, incredibly solid yet versatile drumming – and a frankly killer vocal performance courtesy of founding member Rage Sadler – trespass on prime 80’s Priest and Maiden territory. Kaine’s new album could prove to be a game-changer for the band, they’ve paid their dues, it’s time to elevate these NWOBHM revivalists to the big stage.
On this evidence, the only injustice is that Kaine aren’t absolutely massive! 8/10