Kaynan can probably play rings around most mortal guitarists, such is the quality of his lightning-fast fretwork. On the instrumental “Isla Nublar,” his multiple guitar solos are indeed praise-worthy. Additionally, on the metal-sludge “Time” he shows that his singing voice can do a decent approximation of Ozzy. Here’s the problem: though the band is tight, it has been fashioned for one thing––to provide a platform for Kaynan’s fireworks, a shower of notes that makes the basic tracks––and his bandmates––seem plodding and unimaginative. We’d really like to see Kaynan’s abilities complemented––maybe even challenged––by his band. How about a drummer who fires off some triggers? That might make these recordings come to life.
Steve Kaynan - "Isla Nublar"