Overall I have really enjoyed reviewing this album & I would highly recommend the album as one that you should buy either on digital download or a physical copy of the CD as it’s an album you will love to play loud enough for the neighbours to hear! KAINE’s new album “Reforge The Steel” is a great piece of Heavy Metal and it’s an album that I have personally bought today on bandcamp (I will include the link for those who wish to buy a copy.) If your a fan of KAINE you won’t want to miss out & if you haven’t heard of KAINE this is the perfect album to introduce you to the band. I would also recommend that you check out the bands previous materials too.Jojo “Rocket Queen” Hamilton
Expertido have recognised Kaine’s website as one of the best Metal blogs in the world for 2019 and have been featured alongside industry giants such as Anthrax, Avenged Sevenfold, Decibel Magazine, TeamRock, Accept, Angry Metal Guy, Lamb of God, Metal Blade, Queensryche, Rage, Sabaton, Terrorizer and The Scorpions .
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If we also consider Twitter, which is always a top choice for bloggers, the median follower count in the finest Metal Music Blogs blogs are about 81440. You’ll find that the top-rated blog is dabearsblog.com that has over 2091900 normal readers on Twitter.To synopsize this, we’ve made sure that the blogs we’ve endorsed are highly popular on social media and will continue to grow. Expertido sends these great blogs the best!
Kaine (www.kaine-metal.com) has been recognised as one of the top 100 Heavy Metal blogs in the world by Feedspot (Feedspot Blog Reader).
Feedspot said: “I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Kaine – British Metal Revival has been selected by our panelists as one of the Top 100 Metal Music Blogs on the web.I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 100 Metal Music Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!”
Kaine are listed alongside some of the biggest Heavy Metal sites and bands on the net including Metal Injection, Metal Underground, Metal Blade Records, MetalSucks.net, TeamRock, Decibel Magazine, Terrorizer, Loudwire, Metallica TV, Slipknot, Avenged Sevenfold, Iron Maiden, Nuclear Blast, Century Media Records, Judas Priest and more.
The website currently stands at 87th in the entire world.
Kaine have made it into the final 20 bands for TBFM Factor having started out amongst the 400 who were originally entered into the competition. The semi-final draws will be done between the 3rd and 10th of April live on TBFM. For more information on the TBFM awards click here.
The band were also nominated for the best band award at Chelmsford’s Panic Awards but withdrew their nomination as the awards date clashed with the bands supporting date with NWOBHM legends Tytan in Hastings in April. However you can still support Kaine by voting for OGFest which the band headlined the third day of last year and for the Asylum as best venue which can be done by voting here.
I previously tried to do something similar to this on our forum which didn’t reap many rewards so I have decided to give this a go as a blog on our website.
So what’s the purpose of this? I figured that it would be an interesting insight for people to read the thoughts and opinions of someone in a little known underground Metal band, how that effects life and what the situations we find ourselves in, while trying to be as honest about it as possible. My philosophy has always been tell the truth, even when we have been advised not to, and certainly our old management didn’t feel the same way I did. We were advised by them to let people believe we were making a living from the band, and that we were genuine rock stars so that people would feel we were above them and thus buy our material. The very suggestion of misleading people in such a way, or having such a low opinion for music fans and their intelligence is totally alien to me and thus why I feel this blog might be a good thing to do, to be different from the rest.
So what’s been happening with me in my personal life? Well not to get into too much detail I have dealt with a sudden and unexpected relationship split that’s left me feeling a little alone and abandoned so I have been coming to terms with this. I have also struggled with my work, having recently received a suspension and months prior had my hours decreased on top of losing the other jobs I was doing so my income right now is pretty low. Amazingly I am on nearly half I was when I was 21 (I am now 30!) yet my expenditure along with everyone else has doubled since then! It all makes for a challenge on top of the band that’s for sure.
I have been desperately learning how to drive on top of work and the band. I have been learning for a number of years now, and by all means can drive I just never passed the theory or practical tests due to time and money. I will hopefully complete and pass both tests this year and that will make life easier. Another issue I have had for two years is a shoulder problem which means I have been in some pain with that. I have had a few hospital trips and I now know its fixable (after being advised I may have to stop playing guitar) and I have been cleared to lift items once again. It’s improved no end since I started rehabilitation and hopefully this will also clear up soon enough.
In terms of the band as ever we have been extremely busy and had to deal with a number of situations. Ant left the band at the start of the year, so we are back to being a four piece with the line up now consisting of myself, Chris who’s nearly been with me for 4 years now, Saxon who joined in 2014 and Stephen who started half way through last year. I have to say the current line-up has worked extremely hard on what will be our third album and I am really impressed with how we are working as a team. The songs that Chris, Sax and Steve have come up with so far have been brilliant, and yesterday the three of them were busying working on new demos for a number of those tracks which we have also been road testing as part of our current live set. The demos are they produced sounded top notch and I am really pleased with how to project is going and the work they have put into Kaine.
Now for the downside. It’s never simple in music, we have had some label offers which we have taken seriously, and a number of other offers in other areas which if put together could have been potentially very good for Kaine. However, as ever, one side has outright refused to work with the other and its back to square one. The truth is, although having the support of a label would be nice, unless it’s one of the bigger ones then there’s very little point in signing. I am still responsible for finding the money for the recordings (which is always in the several thousands). A label will generally take upwards of 75% of the income from that album (often without paying for the recording and providing no advance) which means for us to break even on the record costs wise we would have to sell 90% more records then we would do if we self-released which puts the number of sales required in their thousands, an almost impossible task for a band our size. We know from The Waystone (which is close to breaking even) we can make back what we put in on the next record if we self-release, so unless an extremely good offer comes forward we are likely to stay put.
The way our band works, regardless of me being the founding member I always split any income we receive by as many members we have in the band. Everyone in Kaine is an equal and everyone gets a say in everything from image presentation to the song writing. I often have to loan the guys in the band for items such as amps, vehicles and the costs of recording which they pay back to me in monthly instalments or I take it from their % of the record sale income so they pay me back as and when they can.
Our mind-set is to work hard and whatever happens keep trying, and on that basis I had contacted potential management companies on top of labels at the end of last year but there seemed to be little interest in anyone taking us on. Management issues aside, it’s our ambition to venture out into Europe at some-point. We are already testing ourselves as a headline touring act in Scotland later this year to see if we can’t achieve any success out there on our own. The overall aim is to try and make the band pay us enough just too basically survive on so we can give up our day jobs and do this full time, but as many will tell you as an originals band (and a Metal one) this is extremely hard. I made the effort to write to hundreds of venues/promoters at the end of last year about booking us for 2016 and this resulted in just one response!
We had a tour offer “buy-on” earlier this year also. Now for those who don’t know what a buy-on is, these are mostly for tours done by the big to medium sized bands (but sometimes one off shows and festival slots too) to help them cover their costs and make a living on the road. Labels will often pay out to send their acts on the road with a known band, which they do to gain them exposure in front of what should be a potential audience. The tour offer was the Udo/Anvil European Tour as the support, and the cost to us would have been upwards of £30,000 which is simply beyond our means. This didn’t cover any transport, food or accommodation and we wouldn’t be paid anything for the shows themselves. Venues of certain sizes take a cut of the merch sales too, which would mean even if we had the money to buy on we would have to write it off as a loss. It’s disappointing that we haven’t been able to tour again since 2014 but it just hasn’t been financially viable for the band to do so.
Festival wise we also put ourselves forward to a number of small and medium one’s in the UK and Europe and again we were turned down for these. This cements just how fortunate we were to be given the opportunity to play Wildfire Festival in Scotland last year, because we may never get an opportunity like that again and is still probably my favourite ever gig with Kaine.
The bottom line is its extremely hard work trying to make a go of being in a band, Kaine has been going for 7 years now and we are really trying to break the next level. Everything we have achieved as an underground band has been purely through hard work, and hard work alone. Only the very lucky get that break from a label willing to invest the time and money in building a band and whatever happens we will survive as a DIY band with a strong, personal following and if that’s all we ever achieve we can be proud of that because it’s still a huge achievement in my eyes.
Finally, we were also up for a number of awards at the end of last year after we were successfully nominated with your support for Best British Band, Best Singer and Best Performance at the TBFM Awards. Sadly we didn’t win any of these as after the nomination stage TBFM itself picks the winners, giving all but two of the awards (I think!) to Reign of Fury.
Until next time,
Kaine have been selected by TBFM judges out of 400 bands to make the final 100 in their biannual TBFM Factor competition. The competition itself acts as a virtual Battle of the Bands with the winners being chosen by fan votes.
Band frontman Rage Sadler commented: “It’s an honour just to be nominated for the final 100 bands by TBFM and an excellent way to kick off 2016. If our loyal and dedicated supporters vote then who knows, much like with the TBFM Awards Nominations we may do very well.”
The aim of the competition is to promote all of the bands involved to a wider audience as well as offering a number of prizes to the top 10 bands which range from the following;
- A 6 month TBFM Management contract offer
- Front cover and 4 page feature in the June 2016 edition of the TBFM Magazine
- A full website design/re-design package worth up to £1,000
- A lyric/animated video from an award winning animator worth up to £350
- A 3 month PR package from Stampede Press
- 12 month Ernie Ball guitar strings endorsement worth over £1,000
- A paid gig at Resin Events venue – The Firebug, Leicester
- A 3-4 gig tour with Lost Island Bookings (paid)
- Interview in TBFM Magazine
- 3 month PR package from Down The Rabbit Hole PR
- 3 months free advertising on TBFM Website
- Paid gig offers from Resin Events (based in Leicester)
- Featured in the TBFM Magazine
- A press release to all major media outlets promoting the bands
Voting will begin from the 31st of January and will take place on http://tbfmonline.co.uk/tbfmfactor/#_
Rage Sadler has commented on Kaine being nominated for Best British Band, Best Performance and himself as Best Singer for this year’s TBFM Music Industry Awards 2015 on the band’s forum. To read his thoughts on the nominations please click here. Voting starts at 6pm U.K. time today.
Kaine have been nominated for a number of categories for this year’s TBFM Awards. Rage Sadler has been nominated for the best singer award while the band has been nominated for Best British Band for 2015 and their performance at Wildfire Festival in Scotland earlier this year.
Also nominated was Wildfire Festival as best Independent Festival for 2015 and Dean Archer for his work at the Rock Den as best Independent Promoter, Kaine of course a regular band at his venue and will be the resident band there for 2016.
Kaine asks that you vote for the following nominations in the following categories;
Best British Band 2015: Kaine
Best Performance in 2015: Kaine at Wildfire Festival 2015
Best Singer: Rage Sadler
Best Independent Promoter: Dean Archer (The Rock Den)
Best Independent Festival: Wildfire Festival 2015
The voting begins this Thursday at 6pm and will close on the 6th of December. You will be able to vote at the following link.
The results were Kaine (15%), The Defiled (14%), Fallen Fate (13%) and Wretched Soul (12%).
The band would like to thank everyone who nominated and voted for us to win this award. 2013 has been an extremely eventful year for Kaine. We have been signed by MGR Entertainment, released our first live album “Rock The Castle” and have played 41 shows and supported bands such as Praying Mantis, I-AM-I (featuring ZP Theart formerly of Dragonforce), Thornwill, Striker, Screamer and Monument.
We look forward to a successful 2014 and again thanks to our fans for the continued support.
- Kaine supporting Monument on December 18th (kainemetaluk.wordpress.com)
- Ex-DRAGONFORCE Singer’s I AM I: ‘See You Again’ Video Released (blabbermouth.net)
- Monument announce new single and launch show (britishmetalrevival.wordpress.com)