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K.O.KAINE - Play To Ghosts
Release date 28th July 2008
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K.O.KAINE - Play To Ghosts

When the opening track kicks off, there is no preamble, no little melodic ease into.. it just explodes with full on volume and metal BANG, so 'Play to Ghosts' opens with 'We Are The Dead' and it almost knocked me over, playing a mix of 80's sleaze metal guitar and some post hardcore drumming with the vocals sounding like something from a post modern roar to classic metal vocals and you have the gist of this band, but a sound
to get to know.

So 'We are The Dead'.. thumping out huge skin riffs, repetitive LA riffs and some axe solo work overlaid with a vocalist who can do the lot, we get introduced to K.O.KAINE and it feels like "hey where have you been all my life".. steady, don't over commit I'm thinking, the second track 'Woman, Butterflys, Snakes' kicks in and this time it opens like some 21st century full on metal act with explosive skins and huge guitar crunches then we start to slide and we get some sounds that the electric guitar was made for, screeching, feedback pushed solo's but just as we were thinking this sounds good 3 minutes 18 seconds later the song finished, so onto the next with 'Faith Betrayal' and we get Lancashire metal, huge and wholesome riffs, roars, belting skins and an ear bashing finish, again the song finished to early and I'm thinking am I too simple because I could of coped with another couple of minutes of that easy.

So onwards to track number four 'The Shadows At Midnight' and with a lyrical melodic nod in the direction of the maidens we get grandeur allied to something a lot more meaty with some tremendous melodic riffery, vocals and lyrics tightly woven together with 'Dickenson' style vocals to boot throughout and the same recipe is given to song five 'To The Gallows', excellent stuff. and we just more and more of the same rollicking metal melodic guitar riffs, woven with guitar solo's track six 'Freefall' has a feel and is perfect for the huge harmonic vocals we are dealt.

With 'Actress Exitsí we get the short squirting guitar riff treatment, again the band have it nailed. Iím now wondering if they are good enough to replicate this live on stage then they are really going to go from strength to strength. K.O.KAINE got good feedback from Europe and the far east for their debut album 'Accelerator' a few years ago and now its time for the British metalheads to support them and with this showing it can only be a matter of time before they start getting noticed. 'Play To Ghosts' is a ten track album that was mastered in Sacramento by Monster Lab Audio who have certainly graced it with the metal magic they gave to the Deftones. There is an Ind metal feel to the last two songs Poison Veins' and 'Look At Yourself' which indicates that the band have another trick up their sleeve ready to surprise us with if they so wish.

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