Reforge The Steel – A New Era Begins [Blog]

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So, it’s roughly 9 months on from when the walls started to fall in on Kaine, with Chris, Saxon and Stevo departing in quick succession after releasing the A Crisis of Faith album. I thought it would be a good time to update people on exactly where we are now. I had taken then band off the road during April to begin writing the new Kaine record when it all fell apart.

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In the months that followed the departures, we put a lot of time into rebuilding the band and getting the new line-up to gel. We have been rehearsing pretty much constantly since the new lineup formed, we had our first gig together in Norwich on May 26th and have played 22 shows together since this band got together. We have gradually eased the A Crisis of Faith material out of the set and have replaced it with new material. When the previous band split up, I decided to start working immediately on a new record and wrote a number of songs that I have been revising since May, and that the band have been rehearsing and playing live. We are now playing sets almost entirely comprised of this new material, we have almost finished the final demos for the new album and we’ll starting to record it at the end of this month.

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I said in a previous blog that if I could turn it around and save Kaine after the entire line-up split up earlier this year that would be my greatest achievement in music. I can safely say hat so far it has been, and to be frank it has been nothing short of a miracle. I can honestly say my “retirement” speech was typed out and ready to go live, and I’d already talked to Liam, who joined in April, about the end of the band. My intention was to call it quits and leave music entirely.

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Fortunately, we were able to save it. It has been a lot of work, many long rehearsals and naturally we’ve been trying to convince people the band is still as good as it ever was on the road, which many people agree it still is but some I can tell still need to be won over, but this is to be expected with such a radical change. There is a mentality about line-ups that still exists within the minds of many music fans, that somehow the line-up is almost sacred and when that changes so does the band, and in some cases that is right but people will find the new material will sound very much in line with what we have done in the past. Many also didn’t realise that I was the only original member in the past line-up anyway.

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I am looking forward to getting this new record out there and hopefully the band can recover and push on from here. We’ll be entering our tenth year come 2019, and it’s been a hell of a ride so far even if we haven’t quite made it yet. We’ll be celebrating the 10th anniversary with a show at Colchester Arts Centre in April, which will be supported by A Bribe for the Ferryman and Osmium Guillotine. Dan and Josh will be joining me on stage for some early Kaine material as well as the final ever performance of the A Crisis of Faith line-up. We’ll be giving away a live album and a t-shirt with every ticket, which can be ordered here.

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Alongside writing, rehearsing and preparing for the new Kaine album, I have been doing the washing up in the background of all the follow up releases from A Crisis of Faith. I was able to design and release the new vinyl with the help of Pointy Halo Productions to ensure that sounded top, and I have to say it’s the nicest thing we’ve produced merch wise to this date and of course I had to release A Crisis of Faith live. This was recorded last year early on in Chelmsford at the Asylum by Short Stack Studios but with everything that happened, had to be put on a back burner while I rebuilt the band. Previously Dan and Chris were the bands two audio guys, I never dabbled in mixing or editing, anything like that but with those talents both departing I had to learn and thus the live album is my first ever go at doing any production ever. You can grab a vinyl from here and a live album here, both are limited and once they sell out, we won’t be doing any more.

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Finally, the new album is coming and will be released next year – the theme of the album is the re forging of the band, rebirth and moving onto the next stage. There is a lot of optimism and hope with the new line-up that we can in fact turn it around.
As ever, I thank everyone who stuck by me over the last 9 months and offered their love, support and guidance to keep going and I hope sincerely that I haven’t let you down. I really hope you enjoy this new album.

Love, Rage

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KAINE ANNOUNCE 4TH ALBUM – REFORGE THE STEEL – ARTWORK RELEASED

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Kaine are pleased to announce that they are officially working on their new album, Reforge The Steel. The band has 9 new tracks, written and rehearsed by the new line up which the band will be playing live, honing ahead of heading into the studio later this year to record the album. This will be the first album to feature the new line up of Rage Sadler (guitars & vocals), Liam Etheridge (drums & backing vocals), Toby Woods (lead guitars) and Isaac Healy (bass).

Kaine has already debuted two of the tracks live “Black” and “Reforge The Steel” as well as having played a medley of two new tracks “To All” and “A Farewell” at the bands last show, at the Swan in Ipswich last month.

A Crisis of Faith – Blog 2

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From the Ashes ….

It’s been a while since I wrote one of these blogs. My reasoning is quite simple, I have been busy rebuilding the band following the collapse of the A Crisis of Faith line-up starting back in April, when Chris announced his departure and was followed by Saxon and Stevo thus ending the line-up that had been in place since the start of 2016.

I have already said numerous times how devastating this was to me, especially after what we had achieved with the last record and as a live band and to have it end so quickly and abruptly was easily my lowest point over the 9 years of Kaine. For me, it was also the greatest challenge ever faced as I had essentially a fortnight to rebuild the band, and chances are it could have even been the end of me as a musician and I honestly thought it was.

However, for whatever reason I have been blessed with another chance to succeed in music and to continue with Kaine. Liam joined us on drums while the majority of the old line-up were still in the band, and not long after we held auditions for guitar and bass and have been incredibly blessed to welcome both Toby and Isaac into the fold.

These three young guys have come in and had to catch up with much of the bands back catalogue in a very short amount of time. They have all shown a great level of dedication and professionalism in under taking the task and working with me to get the new band gig ready in a very short amount of time. Very few people believed we could manage that, and to be honest they would probably be right in assuming so. It was one hell of a challenge to be faced with. However, we are here now, approaching our 5th gig and as a line-up growing into a stronger unit on stage, are already playing a new song live amongst an hour set which we have already headlined with. In fact, we played it with such ferocity that Isaac managed to cut his finger open and had to come to rehearsals the next day bandaged up. Those who came were stunned that the band was still holding up it’s same high standards with an entirely new band which had been together roughly a month in total.

Despite all the problems caused by members leaving, I remain committed to releasing the rest of A Crisis of Faith and have been working incredibly hard with Breed Media to produce a high quality coloured vinyl version of the album, as well as mixing our 2017 live album which should be released soon after. This has been a lot of work between rebuilding the band, but as I said, I have an obligation to A Crisis of Faith whether the line-up split up or not and of course to everyone who paid extra for the pre-orders who helped us fund the recording in the first place. The good news is A Crisis of Faith has since sold out on CD and we’ve had to order more.

Because of all this work with the new line-up and A Crisis of Faith I have had to ditch the streaming on Facebook and YouTube stuff I was doing earlier this year, but once I get settled again I will resume what I was doing.

We’re now getting new booking coming forward with people very impressed with the new line-up, and while we have taken a knock, ultimately, I am just grateful to be playing at all right now.

I hope to see you on the road.
Love, Rage

A Crisis of Faith Sold Out!

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A Crisis of Faith as of yesterday has sold out on CD. There will be a second run of CD’s printed for the album which will include a new bonus track, as well as a release on coloured Vinyl coming up which will soon be going on pre-order.

Many thanks to everyone who has supported the band by buying the new album. Every penny made goes straight back into the band.

Rebuilding the band now will be my greatest challenge in music yet – Rage Sadler

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I just thought I would post an update following last nights shock news that both Saxon and Stevo are leaving the band, especially so soon after Chris. I hadn’t expected that after just 3 months I’d be looking at effectively having to start the band over again so quickly after a new album.

Me and Liam have briefly spoken, as he’s in as much shock as I am, and we have agreed to continue the band with a new line up. I will be doing an official release about looking for new members and the previous line-up when I have had more time to process everything. What I will say (as I have had a few messages about it) is there are no personal issues between any of the former band members.

Rebuilding this band now, to the position as to where it was at, say, at the start of the year will be my greatest challenge yet. It’s one thing to replace members as and when people leave, but another thing altogether to replace an entire band 9 years into it’s existence, and the reality is, it’s almost an impossible task. I have, however, been knocked back before in music and been able to continue. I need to get the right people in and look at the positives moving forward.

The sound and dynamic of the band will inevitably change with a new line-up, as it has done between all the different incarnations of Kaine over the years and this will be no different. New people bring different things to the table, so if you’re a lead guitarist or a bass player looking to take on a long term musical project with a serious band with an established audience please do get in touch with me either via bookings@kaine-metal.com or facebook.

I will endeavour to keep everyone as updated as possible and I appreciate every one of the messages last night and this morning offering your support. I’d like to be able to continue and I appreciate that have a mountain to climb on this, but I am more than up for the challenge moving forward.

Love, Rage