It doesn’t feel too long ago that I first started here and reviewed my first album – ‘The Waystone’ by Kaine. Now, I have been fortunate enough to be contacted by one of Kaine’s band members to review their new single, ‘Justice Injustice’. Being a fan of this band as it is, with their typical NWOBHM sound, I was eager to get a hold of this single, and boy did it not disappoint.
Taking a marginally heavier approach with this single, Kaine still stick to their NWOBHM roots, but bring in the more thrash undertones that were present within the previous album, and fused them. It’s difficult not to like this song when it brings you back to some of the classic Iron Maiden tracks that are so popular. It seems almost fitting that I should be listening to this single directly after Testament’s ‘The Formation of Damnation’ album, as if I wasn’t paying much mind to exactly who it was, the intro would have been almost confused with something that I would expect the guys in Testament to be producing. This is definitely not the first time that I have mentioned Testament in linking to these guys, as you can tell that they have influences in terms of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest
It is only when Rage’s vocals start that you pretty quickly realise you are listening to something that could be bringing the metal genre into one unified style of music from the many different sub-genres that populate the whole of the scene. The main gripes that I had last time, definitely have been resolved in terms of not seeing the thrash / speed elements. With this song, as mentioned earlier, the band certainly takes this more thrashier approach.
Despite these thrashier sounds and the ability to see Ant, the new guitarist’s writing abilities showcased as part of this track, this song still remains true to what the band wanted for themselves and their sound, which is NWOBHM revivalists, with the view of evolving the band to something that would be outstanding both on the album and live.
Between receiving this track and this review being posted, the unfortunate announcement of bassist Dan Mailer leaving the band was announced, with this being some of the last work that Dan is parting the band with. His bass playing, likened to that of Steve Harris’s will be sorely missed within the music, and the hope that the band can find themselves and equally good bassist has started already! In good news, Dan had found himself in another NWOBHM revivalist band – Deep Machine, which he has thanks to his amazing playing and song-writing capabilities that were honed while playing with Kaine.