Liam Etheridge has now been the drummer in Kaine for 2 years, originally replacing Chris MacKinnon in what was essentially the Crisis of Faith line-up before the band was reformed a month later. He played his first gig with Kaine at The Dev on the 20th of April 2018 and would only play 1 more gig with that line-up (May 4th 2018 at Voodoo Lounge, Stamford) before one final transitional gig with Toby Woods on lead guitar and Stephen Ellis on bass at The Smokehouse, Ipswich on May 19th.
Liam has since recorded and released the Reforge The Steel album with the band, as well as appearing on the Kaine X Live album and DVD. He has also performed drums on the delayed Waystone EP and Reforge The Steel live album. Both projects are on hold due to corona virus and the UK lock down measures.
Today’s feature is Kaine bassist Isaac Healy, the last person to join the new line-up as the four members finally came together in May 2018. Isaac jumped in right away with the band gigging the A Crisis of Faith material while writing and rehearsing for the new album, Reforge The Steel.
How long have you been playing bass?
I’ve been playing for around 7 or 8 years
You are a multi-instrumentalist, you play drums, what made you switch to bass as your main instrument and what other instruments can you play?
I switched to bass as my main instrument mainly out of convenience of being able to practice easier and at any time.
I actually started out learning classical guitar at primary school and started learning the drums shortly after. Over the years, I never really practiced the guitar as much as I should have but have recently been re-teaching myself.
You have several basses in your collection, what do you own and what are your current set ups?
Listing all 17 would take a while so my top 5 in no particular order are:
Atelier Z M265+ custom (the white 5 string jazz bass that I play at most gigs)
Atelier Z Beta 6/32 (Red 6 string jazz bass that I played at my first Kaine gig and sporadically since)
ESP PPJ (’84 signature bass of Masayoshi Yamashita from Loudness)
1970s Ovation Magnum 1
2010 Fender Mexican Jazz (my first “real” bass. It was originally black but I had it re-finished in yellow. I promise it isn’t as nasty as it sounds)
What amps and pedals are you currently using?
I use 3 main amps depending on situation but will mostly have 2 with me. The first is the Trace Elliot ELF which lives in my gig bag as a backup amp or as the main amp if a normal amp is impractical logistics wise. Second is an Ashdown CTM 100 tube amp. My third and most recent amp is an ENGL Ironbass amp which is the most powerful amp I own by far at 800w.
My pedal board is too large, and I plan on downsizing by getting rid of the multi effect that takes up 1/2 of my board.
My pedals are actually mostly really boring. Line 6 G30 wireless, Boss TU-3 tuner, AMT bass wah, Electro Harmonix Bass Preacher compressor, Ashdown Nate Mendel NM2 dual overdrive.
Who are your biggest influences as a bass player?
Probably Billy Sheehan (Mr Big, etc.), Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Rocco Prestia (Tower of Power) and Bohte Daisuke (Kari Band).
What were your musical endeavours before Kaine?
I had only really been in one gigging band before Kaine which was called Cannon. I was in another band in secondary school, but we never did any real gigs.
You played with Toby in a band called Cannon, how long have you known and played with Toby, what did you release and what venues did you play with that band?
I’ve known Toby for about 5 years as we were on the same music course and we actually met in Cannon which somebody else on our course put together. In Cannon we played a few venues that you would maybe heard of if you’re from Essex such as Chinnery’s in Southend, the Asylum and Three Wise Monkeys.
Toby recommended you to Kaine to join the band, how was it to be in a new band and gigging so quickly?
I hadn’t actually heard of Kaine until Toby asked if I wanted to join. At the time Cannon was winding down due to constant lineup changes so it was good to be in a band that already had gigs on the books.
How did you find adapting the A Crisis of Faith songs to your style?
As I had learnt most of the songs by ear, something that I am definitely not the best at, and the fact that I didn’t already know the songs meant that I was sort of just winging it for most of the parts that were very Stevo. Most of which I just omitted or changed. (nothing against Stevo, I think he’s a much more melodic player than I and we have pretty different styles).
You put together the Reforge The Steel album very quickly, how was the process of rehearsing and recording that album for you?
The recording of that album was pretty easy for me, I managed to do all of my tracking in about half a day.
You also recently tracked your parts for The Waystone EP, how did you find that?
I found that The Waystone songs were quite a bit different to the Reforge tracks, especially the title track The Waystone. That track was much unlike the other tracks we had done, mainly due to how it was almost prog like in structure when compared to the rest of the material.
You played both the 10-year show with Kaine at Colchester Arts Centre, and Burr Fest at The Dome recently, what was it like doing those big gigs with the band?
Doing these two gigs was a great experience and not just because they were in the minority of gigs where I could hear what I was playing. These two gigs were two of the biggest crowds I have played for and two of the most engaged crowds to boot. That just made it even more fun to play in front of them.
Your currently writing material for a new Kaine album, how would you describe the new material so far and the process?
So far, this album seems to be shaping up to be quite a bit different to the previous albums sound wise. The process so far has mainly been just jamming a riff or two and seeing how it evolves.
How are you managing your time during the lock down?
Either practicing bass or just playing video games.
You are also releasing a new live album coming up, which was recorded at the B2 Norwich, are you looking forward to putting out a live version of the Reforge The Steel album?
Finally, what is your thought of the day?
Can animals have the equivalent of an accent?
You can hear Isaac’s contributions to Kaine on Reforge The Steel by clicking here – there are still a number of CD’s available to order through Bandcamp. Isaac also performed at Kaine X which can be ordered both on CD and DVD by clicking here as well as the forthcoming Waystone EP which can be preordered here.
Today’s feature is on Lead Guitarist Toby Woods who joined the band just under two years ago. A guitar teacher by trade, he stepped in after A Crisis of Faith and helped write and record the latest album Reforge The Steel and this is what he had to tell us…
When did you start playing guitar?
I started playing at age 6 taking lessons at primary school. The first few years were on a nylon string classical guitar which I didn’t enjoy as much as I thought I would but at age 8/9 I got my first electric and that’s when it became a obsession.
What were your biggest influences starting out?
The reason I play guitar is because of the Darkness. I remember wanting to learn to play because I wanted to be the guitar player for the Darkness. AC/DC have always been a massive influence to me. As for metal, the first album I ever bought was Metallica’s Black Album so they have been a big influence on my playing as well. When I first started playing electric, I used to copy James Hetfield’s picking hand, gripping the pick with two fingers. Nowadays, anyone can tell you I’m hugely obsessed with Marty Friedman. Hes definitely my biggest inspiration at the moment.
You are a guitar teacher by trade, how do you enjoy teaching?
I really enjoy it! It’s really special to be a part of someone else’s musical journey and helping them to progress. Plus I get to play guitar for a living, what’s not to love.
How can someone book a lesson with you?
The best way to get a hold of me is to email firstname.lastname@example.org that’s where I deal with all of my lesson bookings and any music business.
You are a guitar enthusiast, how many do you currently own and what models and set ups are you using?
I currently have 6 guitars: Gibson SG Standard; ESP EX standard; ESP LTD Gus-200; PRS SE Marty Friedman; Jackson Marty Friedman; and a Sigma acoustic. My collection has downsized massively. I decided to get rid of most of the guitars that I wasn’t playing. I’m a big fan of EMG pickups, the Marty Friedman set being the best set of pickups that have ever been made! I use D’addario 11-52 on everything along with Dunlop strap locks. I’ll hopefully add to my collection again soon.
And which amp are you currently using and why?
I’m currently using a Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister Deluxe 40. It’s a really great sounding head and it’s small which is a massive plus. I went to Andertons with Isaac to get a new Head and Cab and after trying a few different brands, we plugged in the Hughes & Kettner and it blew every other amp out of the water. I only use the lead channel boosted with a Boss SD-1. It’s quite the tone. Every guitar sounds great through it as well. It sits well in the mix with Rage’s guitar tone and Issac’s bass.
What were your musical endeavours prior to joining Kaine?
I had a lot of performance experience at secondary school playing lead guitar in our Schools AC/DC tribute band which was a lot of fun. Then when I got to college I was in a band with Isaac that we’ll get to in the nest question.
You and Isaac were originally in a band together called Cannon, when did that start?
We started that with some of our college friends in 2015/16. We had a good time playing lots of local shows and putting on gigs at college with some other college bands that we were friends with. Our best show was our EP release gig at Colchester Institutes Swinburne Hall with our good friends State of Millennia, who have recently release their first album. We promoted the gig our selves and it was filmed for a YouTube release which might still be out there somewhere. That was a lot of fun.
Did you record any material?
We recorded a five track EP called Time Machine which was fun to write and record but the band came to a natural end when we went our separate ways for University.
You applied to try out for Kaine on the morning of the announcement of Saxon’s departure from the band, what drew you to want to join Kaine?
I started off as a fan of the band. I had all the albums before I joined so when the opportunity to join came up I jumped at it. I was rehearsing the songs in-between giving guitar lessons at the primary school that I teach at. I wanted to make sure I knew them as well as I could for my “informal audition”.
After joining the band you played one gig with Stephen Ellis on bass, how was that?
That was a good gig. I was a little nervous with it being my first gig with the band but I new I was in good hands. Stephen is an awesome bass player so I was really pleased that I could share the stage with him.
You recommended Isaac Healy to the band a new line-up had been put together in a fortnight, what was it like to suddenly be in a whole new version of an established band, although also with Isaac who you knew?
It was extremely exciting. I couldn’t wait to begin playing and writing and cementing my place in the band. I new that Isaac would be a good fit as bass player as we have played and rehearsed together many times.
How long have you known Isaac and how long have you been playing together?
We first met when Cannon started. We were on the same course at college but we were in different groups so we didn’t actually meet until the first Cannon practice. It turned out that we had a very similar music taste so we ended up going to a load of shows together with our friend Karl.
Your Ipswich Witches hat has drawn some attention, how long have you been a fan?
I remember going to the good Friday races when I was much younger but me and My Dad have been going to meetings regularly for the last three years or so. I’m glad everyone has been enjoying the now named “harmony hat”!
Reforge The Steel came together quickly after the new band had formed in a fortnight, how was it to record a new album so soon after joining the band and what are your favourite tracks and solos from the album?
The songs on the album came together really quickly which I think reflects on how well we all work together as a band. I’m very pleased with how it came out and i enjoy every song on it. I think my favourite solo is probably the one in “Wake”. This is because I tried to make this solo more melodic that some of the others. Whilst it’s always fun to shred away, somethings it’s great to put some feeling into the notes. I’m also quite proud the solo in “Black” because it was improvised in the studio so it has never been played the same again. My favourite track is “Reforge The Steel”. Its normally the song we open a set with so it’s always a fun one and packed with energy.
You played both the packed out Kaine 10 year show at Colchester Arts Centre and Burr Fest with Kaine, how did you find doing those two big shows with the band?
The 10 year show was definitely an amazing time. It’s a venue I’d always wanted to play a show at and it being very close to sold out made it even more special. It was great to have so many people come out to see us and really enjoying the music. Because it was so close to where I live, it was awesome to have my Mum and Dad there who have always been very supportive of my choice to pursue music and have always done everything they can top help me, whether it’s driving me to gigs so I can play or buying for that new guitar for my birthday that I simply must have! I hope I did them proud.
Playing Burr fest was also awesome. To play on that stage in front of all those people, some who knew us and some who didn’t was truly special. Hopefully we made some new fans that day. Its was great again to have my Mum, Dad and sister there because it was my Mums birthday so it was really meant a lot that she wanted to spend her birthday in London to see us play. It was also great to have my Sister taking some great photos of us all whilst we played our set.
Being from the area, the Arts Centre is a special venue to you, what bands have you seen there? Also, you watched bands at The Dome before playing there will Kaine, what bands did you see there?
My first ever gig was at Colchester Arts Centre seeing Dragonforce. After that gig, I said to my friends that I would one day play a show there! Since then, I have seen Cryptopsy, Crowbar, Limehouse Lizzy, Live Wire and of course Skiltron and Etheral Sin when we supported them. At the dome, me and Isaac have seen Man With a Mission and Band Maid there. I always thought that it would be an awesome venue to play as well. It was really special to stand on the stages that I have seen some of my favourite bands play on.
You’re currently writing a new album during the lock down, you have put a couple of tracks together for it, how would you describe the new album so far and your tracks?
One of the tracks I’ve put forward for the album is purely a show off tune for me. It’s a power metal-y neoclassical shred fest that I put together a little while ago whilst listening to a lot of power metal bands like Dragonforce and Galneryus. The new album is shaping up really well, we’ve all been sharing ideas and writing tunes during rehearsals for a little while now and it’s been really fun bouncing ideas off of each other. I cant wait to get the songs finished so we can start to bring them out live and record them.
Are you enjoying the creative freedom in Kaine?
It’s been really great to put my own touches on existing Kaine songs as well as being as creative as I can with writing leads when it comes to writing.
The band is releasing a new EP and live album this year, have you tried to give the Waystone EP your own flair?
I tried to put my own spin on the songs where I could. This was mainly putting in my own solos and re-working some of the leads to fit them in better with my style. Other than that, I kept all the essential parts as they were. The live album will also be great when it comes out. It was a lot of fun to record.
How did the B2 live album night go for you? Did you enjoying doing the new album in its entirety live?
It was a great show. It was really great to see so many people out to see us at the B2. It was awesome to play all of the songs live in one go. They’re all a lot of fun to play and seeing the crowds enjoyment made the show easy to play. Again, it was really great for my awesome Mum & Dad and wonderful Girlfriend there to support us a share another special Kaine moment.
You can hear Toby’s lead guitar work on the latest album Reforge The Steel by clicking here. There are still copies available on CD available from Bandcamp and is free to stream across all major streaming services (Spotify link included on the tab on this website). Toby also performed on the Kaine X Live Album and DVD which can be ordered here, as well as the The Waystone EP which can be pre-ordered here.
December 29th, 2012 – Hole in the Wall, Colchester
Rage Sadler: Vocals/Rhythm Guitars Dan Mailer: Bass/Vocals Anthony Murch: Lead Guitars Josh Moreton: Drums
Background: The band were offered a slot as a last-minute support for Coronach at the Hole in the Wall. Chris MacKinnon who had recently joined the band was unavailable for the gig so original drummer Josh Moreton filled in for the night where the band played its debut album Falling Through Freedom in its entirety for the first and only time.
May 16th, 2014 – The Barfly, Camden, London
Rage Sadler: Vocals/Rhythm Guitars Dan Mailer: Bass/Vocals Anthony Murch: Lead Guitars James Balcombe: Drums
Background: James joined the band on the final show of the Renegades Tour with Monument when Chris had to perform for his university exams finals in Colchester on the same day. James joined the band for what was the most intense nights in the history of Kaine, as they dropped their association with MGR for management and as a record label that day due to incidents that occurred on that tour.
February 5th, 2016 – The Soundhouse, Colchester
Rage Sadler: Vocals/Rhythm Guitars Chris MacKinnon: Drums/Vocals Saxon Davids: Lead Guitars and backing vocals Stephen Ellis: Bass Dan Mailer: Vocals
Background: Dan Mailer, who was at that time playing in Ipswich based Death Metal band Daemona joined the band onstage as guest vocalist for Solidarity during the bands set, a song which Rage broke a string and had to perform the final song of the night Quality of Madness as purely a vocalist. It was also the first gig the band played with the new four pieces line-up after Anthony Murch left making it the start of the Crisis of Faith era.
February 24th, 2017 – The Asylum, Chelmsford
Rage Sadler: Vocals/Rhythm Guitars Chris MacKinnon: Drums/Vocals Saxon Davids: Lead Guitars and backing vocals Stephen Ellis: Bass Dan Mailer: Vocals Josh Moreton: Drums
Background: This was the night A Crisis of Faith live was recorded the band played a large number of the new album songs before they were even recorded at this show and were joined by Dan Mailer on vocals for Iron Lady and Solidarity and Josh Moreton on drums for the Iron Lady, a song he had never played with the band before. Chris joined Dan Mailer in joint lead vocals for Iron Lady.
April 15th, 2017 – Hope & Anchor, Islington, London
Rage Sadler: Vocals/Rhythm Guitars Saxon Davids: Lead Guitars and backing vocals Stephen Ellis: Bass James Balcombe: Drums
Background: Chris was unable to do the show, so long time band friend James Balcombe of Osmium Guillotine stepped in to perform on the night for the second time. The set was recorded and is available to bandcamp members here.
May 20th, 2017 – The Smokehouse, Ipswich
Rage Sadler: Vocals/Rhythm Guitars Stephen Ellis: Bass Ant Murch: Lead Guitars and Backing Vocals Josh Moreton: Drums
Background: Kaine were originally due to play with AJ Kemp of Dismanibus fame on Lead Guitar alongside Josh Moreton and Dan Mailer on bass as a special one of show playing songs from the original album. However, Dan was diagnosed with carpel tunnel syndrome (he and Josh were playing with Elimination at that time and on the same night for the bands 10-year celebrations) so had to drop out. Stephen Ellis was then drafted in to play bass, alongside Anthony Murch to play a set comprising of material from the first three albums. It was the first time Josh had performed with the band since 2012 and Anthony, which was 2015.
May 4th, 2018 – Voodoo Lounge, Stamford
Rage Sadler: Vocals/Rhythm Guitars Saxon Davids: Lead Guitars and backing vocals Stephen Ellis: Bass Liam Etheridge: Drums Chris MacKinnon: Vocals
Background: Chris joined the band on stage for Frailty of the Blade on vocals, the second time he had performed solo as a vocalist for the band the first being when he joined Dan Mailer to sing Iron Lady at the Asylum for A Crisis of Faith live. This would also be the last show played with Saxon and Stephen as official members of the band.
May 26th, 2018 – B2, Norwich
Rage Sadler: Vocals/Rhythm Guitars Liam Etheridge: Drums Toby Woods: Lead Guitars Isaac Healy: Bass Dan Mailer: Vocals
Background: Dan Mailer joined the band on stage, coincidently for another new line-up debut at the B2 Norwich for Iron Lady during his tenure as the lead singer of lone time Kaine friends and collaborators Osmium Guillotine.
July 7th, 2018 – B2, Norwich
Rage Sadler: Vocals/Rhythm Guitars Liam Etheridge: Drums Toby Woods: Lead Guitars Isaac Healy: Bass Ant Murch: Lead Guitars and Backing Vocals
Background: Ant Murch joined Kaine on stage to play an encore of songs from The Waystone and A Crisis of Faith eras including a solo trade off with Toby Woods.
August 11th, 2018 – Scruffy Murphy’s, Birmingham
Rage Sadler: Vocals/Rhythm Guitars Liam Etheridge: Drums Toby Woods: Lead Guitars Isaac Healy: Bass Dan Mailer: Vocals
Background: Dan Mailer again joined the band on stage for a rendition of Iron Lady with the Reforge The Steel line-up.
September 14th, 2018 – The Cavern CM7, Braintree
Rage Sadler: Vocals/Rhythm Guitars Chris MacKinnon: Drums/Vocals Toby Woods: Lead Guitars Isaac Healy: Bass Saxon Davids: Lead Guitars and Backing Vocals Dan Mailer: Vocals Stephen Ellis: Bass
Background: Liam Etheridge was unable to perform at this show (which was Osmium Guillotine’s album launch) so Chris MacKinnon covered on the drums, Saxon Davids joined as an additional guitarist for a set which was a mixture of Crisis of Faith and The Waystone material which also featured Dan Mailer again on guest vocals for the Iron Lady and Stephen Ellis joined the band for the encore which was The Mind is Willing, the penultimate time that song would be played and that line-up would play together.
December 22nd, 2018 – Scruffy Murphy’s, Birmingham
Rage Sadler: Vocals/Rhythm Guitars Liam Etheridge: Drums Toby Woods: Lead Guitars Isaac Healy: Bass Saxon Davids: Lead Guitars and Backing Vocals
Background: Saxon Davids joined Kaine on stage for several songs from the A Crisis of Faith album.
April 27th, 2019 – Arts Centre, Colchester
Rage Sadler: Vocals/Rhythm Guitars Chris MacKinnon: Drums/Vocals Saxon Davids: Lead Guitars and backing vocals Stephen Ellis: Bass
Background: After the Reforge The Steel line-up performed, the A Crisis of Faith line up closed the night as that line-ups final gig to celebrate the first 10 years of the band. A double album was recorded and released featuring both sets.
Kaine are to release new live album tomorrow on CD and digital. The album will be available for a limited time only and much like the Ghost version of A Crisis of Faith, once it’s sold out there will be no more made available after.
A Crisis of Faith Live is the final release from the A Crisis of Faith line-up, recorded at the now closed Asylum venue in Chelmsford during 2017, featuring early versions of the songs on the then yet to be recorded A Crisis of Faith, including two additional tracks from The Waystone featuring the bands founding members in guest appearances.
To get 10% off the CD order, and the entire back catalogue for free on digital you can join as a Kaine member here in advance of the release. The 10% off will apply to all future orders and you will receive all albums for free digitally in the future. Elite buyers of A Crisis of Faith will receive the album on CD for free. Membership also includes items no longer for sale such as the original Kaine EP, Breaking the Surface Live, Killotine, Rock The Castle, Live at the Soundhouse, the Ghost tracks and more.
Kaine have sadly had to cancel their Scotland dates for 2018 due to a combination of issues starting the lack of availability of the Vauxhall van for the trip, work schedules (due to cancelled holiday which was out of our hands) and support bands having to unfortunately also pull out of the shows themselves. We never take such a decision lightly however, we decided given everything it would be best to leave it at this stage and look to hopefully return in future.
In addition to the cancelled Scotland dates, our upcoming dates in Coventry and Chelmsford have been cancelled by the promoters/venues.
So at the start of 2016, having already started work on songs such as Voice in Hell, Afterlife & Fall of Jericho, we returned to being a four-piece comprising of myself, now the sole original member on guitar and vocals, Chris MacKinnon, the only other guy to survive past The Waystone on drums and now sharing vocal duties taking over from Dan, Saxon Davids on lead guitar having joined us in 2014 and appeared on the Justice Injustice single and new boy Stephen Ellis on bass guitar.
As mentioned in my previous blog, the old band had essentially split up following Ant’s departure, my girlfriend had just left me and we had a month off gigging to work on new material, and that we did, we worked bloody hard. In addition to getting Fall of Jericho and Afterlife ready to be played and tested in a live setting, we also started playing a song Saxon wrote called Heavens Abandonment and one of my new songs, The Preacher Eyes around this time also, ready for our big return show at the Soundhouse, Colchester on the 5th of February. We were able to work on those songs and get them into the set in time for the show.
Kaine at the Soundhouse
The show itself was a fun one, we had Daemona (Dan Mailer’s new band), Kill The Freak (featuring the soon to be famous Conor Ridd, of Freak fame, whose success would dwarf everyone else’s form the Underground music scene) and Myopic Empire (featuring two-time Kaine live drummer James Balcombe) on the bill which was a nice way to get back into playing live, with friends and adjust to being a four-piece again. The night went relatively well, we had a decent turnout and all the bands played great. We took to the stage and had a rough set by our standards, Chris played one of the new songs too fast so we turned that into a jam, we invited Dan up on stage to do Solidarity with us, in which I managed to break a string and had to quickly adapt the song to being a string down and I just sang lead vocals for the last song. It was a bumpy restart to Kaine, but we were on our way.
After that, we played a couple of shows that weren’t that great in terms of attendance but at that time this was good for us as we were finding our feet again. Over the next few months, we continued working on material, adding in a song that Stevo and Saxon came up with called A Night Meets Death into the set while reworking and tightening up the other new songs we had. We even played Wales for the first time, at a place called The Patriot in Crumlin.
Writing the album in 2016
We survived mostly on our two residencies, one at The Soundhouse in Colchester and the Rock Den in Hatfield alongside our regular gigs at Asylum in Chelmsford. We were able to rebuild the reputation of the band at these gigs and show people that we were alive and well despite the line-up changes. People were also starting to recognise the difference in the band’s sound coming from the new material and people were really enjoying the new material.
Outside of those residencies, we were still playing all over, however, there were a few stinkers up and down the road still. Our first gig in Bolton at the Alma was pretty fun, we took a pilgrimage to the Fred Dibnah statue, a legendary British steeplejack, engineer and Victorian historian from the town, and it was our first time meeting Twisted Illusion, a band we would go on to become friends with, so much so, Stevo ended up playing bass on their album Insight to the Mind of a Million Faces, which would see them featured in Classic Rock magazine and at Bloodstock festival in the UK.
Bolton is a bit of an odd place in that, not only was the fish shop too posh for us to eat in, it had Butlers, but there was a shop that only sold settees and phone cases. I still don’t understand that.
Saxon and the Tour Van
We also had in the works our first standalone tour, in Scotland. We had first played Scotland back in 2014 on both the Renegades tour and Mordred’s Britain and Ireland tour, we were then subsequently booked to play Wildfire Festival in 2015, and our performance at that show had been so strong we had been nominated for an award for it, and thus had built up a following in Scotland. Being plagued with messages and e-mails asking for our return, we decided we would head up for a three-date tour to test the waters. We would hit Perth, Glasgow and Edinburgh over a weekend. Vauxhall were kind enough to endorse our tour and given us the van for free. Alex Smith also joined us as tour manager and roadie. The tour was a success in some ways, we had a decent turnout all three nights and a lot of fun but also lost money due to the promotional side of things, but we hadn’t run it as a money-making exercise, just to see if we could tour alone and draw an audience.
Alex, selling our merch on the Scotland Tour
One night the guys got pissed up in Dave Ritchie’s house (he runs Wildfire and kindly allowed us to stay). Stevo got to the point where he couldn’t walk so I had to physically pick him up and carry him to bed and Alex managed to keep me up snoring anyway, it even woke Chris up who lobbed his shoes at him to no avail.
Live in Scotland 2016
The next night we played in Edinburgh, the guys feeling like crap from the drink and lack of sleep. I don’t drink, but suffered as a consequence of them keeping me up all night. We played Bannermans next, which is a great little venue. We were lucky enough to be able to stay in the flat upstairs, however, Matt Denny (Mordred’s UK Tour manager, who had come to see us) had pointed out it was haunted. Chris then didn’t sleep all night, and instead stayed awake in a paranoid state. I slept fine, which was surprising as I shared the same room as Alex who normally snores like a freight train at the best of times. Chris, being one of the drivers along with Stevo then had to drive home in a tired state.
We released a recording of a set from one of our August shows at the Soundhouse, which was recorded accidently by Myopic Empire for free download on the 12th of that same month which can be downloaded from here.
This would turn out to be our last ever show at the venue, we did have one further date as part of our residency but the new venue owners, after complaining about us taking a share of the bar fee to pay for promotional costs, cancelled our November date without informing us. They later claimed to others they didn’t know about the date, despite talking about it with us on the night while they advised us they wouldn’t be offering a bar split in future, to which we informed them that we wouldnt be paying for promotion out of our own pocket. It’s their loss ultimately as our shows there were always well attended and the venue did make money on those nights. This is typical of the short sightedness of a lot of venue owners, many of which will spend nothing on promotion, complain about paying bands and be equally upset when turnout is poor.
After our set at Mearfest 2016
The next big gig we did in 2016 was Mearfest at the Borderline in London. The turnout was incredible and the bands were great. Mearfest is a charity New Wave of British Heavy Metal festival, which raises money for good causes run by Brian and Claire Mear. They had sadly lost their daughter Molly, who had been born stillborn and the event was in aid of a stillbirth clinic that provides support for parents who have gone through such a traumatic experience. They very much view it as turning a tragedy into a positive and it was an honour to support that event. A year later Claire would give birth to her daughter Amelie.
Throughout the year we would introduce yet more songs into the set, after writing, rehearsing, and working them intensely. They would be songs such as Alone and A Crisis of Faith which I had written, Frailty of the Blade, one of Stevo’s songs which was originally a song called Stephens song about rape culture by a band called Drop Dead Fred that Chris and Stevo had played in, which we reworked into a Kaine song and finally The Mind is Willing, another song by Chris and the first tone he performed lead vocals on. Another song was written by Stevo around this time called Consigned To Flames of Woe, which didn’t wind up on this album and he also wrote an intro piece for Heaven’s Abandonment.
We would continue to change and adapt the songs live, both musically and lyrically to further improve them, which is why we were playing the material before the album was out. It’s how Black Sabbath wrote a lot of their early material, and how Iron Maiden did most of their first two albums and it was clearly something we also greatly benefitted from.
Later in the year we had a few more great shows up and down the country, we headlined a packed out Portland Arms in Cambridge, which I think was the first show we ever played Alone at, where the audience was absolutely mental and mosh pits galore.
In November we were made aware that the Asylum venue in Chelmsford needed to raise around £12k very quickly to remain open. The Asylum, being the best place to play as a Metal band in Chelmsford, and a cause close to us in the band is very important to us. We decided we would write and record a song to help raise money for the venue, which became Holding The Line, one Sunday I wrote the majority of the music and the lyrics, we rehearsed it on the Thursday and then recorded it live on Sunday the 20th of November. We were kindly offered the studio time free of charge by Ade Hare (Producer Falling Through Freedom & Justice Injustice) at Threecircles to help support the venue, who recorded and mixed the track and Z-Plane (mastering on The Waystone, Justice Injustice and Falling Through Freedom) mastered the track, also for free. Over 200 copies of the single were sold, with every penny going to the venue.
We rounded off the year back in Ipswich at the Swan, again a packed show where the audience was absolutely fantastic. I hope you have enjoyed the part two on how A Crisis of Faith came into existence and I will try and write part three at a later point.
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A CRISIS OF FAITH ON CD/VINYL
You get the album on both CD and Vinyl.
A CRISIS OF FAITH LIVE 2017 CD ALBUM EXCLUSIVE TO ELITE PACKAGE
The live album was recorded earlier this year at the Asylum by Short Stack Studios, and it features all the tracks from the new album live plus two tracks from The Waystone, which Kaine founders Dan Mailer and Joshua Moreton both appear on.This will be on CD and Digital Download only to those who pre-order the Elite Package.
GHOST EDITION OF THE ALBUM
The “ghost” version of the album recorded and produced by Kaine drummer Chris MacKinnon will be only available as part of the elite package for the new album. This version of the album represents the bands final version of the album before going into the studio and will greatly differ from the studio sessions. It’s the first time we have officially released tracks of these kind as a band.
A CRISIS OF FAITH T-SHIRT
Album artwork on an exclusive t-shirt in a size of your choice!
LIFETIME GUEST LIST PREFERENCE FOR LARGE SHOWS/FESTIVALS
We often get sent through our guest list preferences for our bigger shows and festival performances. If you buy this package, this will guarantee your always on that list – indefinitely! This is regardless of how big the show or festival may be.
SUPPORTER CREDIT IN ALBUM SLEEVE
As your helping us fund the album, your name will forever be displayed in our album sleeves for A Crisis Of Faith as you helped us make this happen.
A PRIVATE PERFORMANCE
That’s right – you can book us just for yourself and whoever you want at a date/venue to be agreed with you directly, and we will even let you pick the setlist of however many songs you like!
HANDWRITTEN THANKYOU NOTE & SIGNED POSTER
As you will be helping us fund the recording of this album by buying the elite package we will write each of you a personal thank you note and include an exclusive signed poster as part of our appreciation for your support.
SIGNED LYRIC SHEETS & STUDIO NOTES FROM SESSIONS
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ORIGINAL KAINE E.P. (LIMITED STOCK)
That’s right we have dug up some of these from our storage so if you order today you may be one of the lucky ones to own one of these rare CD’s, no longer on sale… we may well even have one signed by the original line-up which you may be lucky enough to own.
Kaine will be presenting 6 shows at the Asylum in Chelmsford this year which will focus on bringing some of the best unknown Metal acts of varying genres to the venue.
Kaine will be playing alongside a variety of bands, to be announced following every show to bring Heavy Metal music back to Chelmsford in a big way and help support the Asylum music by building a Metal scene at the venue.
The shows will take place on the following dates:
The Asylum venue can be found at 48-49 Viaduct Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1TS.