NEW ALBUM UPDATE – UPDATE ON TWO NEW EP’S AND UK TOUR

After Extinction

The album has made some progress in recent weeks with the addition of keys and some last-minute changes to some of the vocals. The reason this album has been more complicated than previous releases is it has been recorded between two studios (Unit One and Gallow Wood Media) and both studios have had a hand in the editing process whereas I and the band have overseen the mixing process in a more involved way than previous releases. It’s not where our expertise is, but due to the UK Lockdowns over the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to work in this way. This has also meant the costs associated with the album are much greater than our previous releases. Broadly speaking the project is almost finished and we are sorry about the delay.

Kaine 21’ EP

All the instruments have been recorded, I am in the final stages of finishing the lyrics before I book in vocal recording sessions. This EP contains 5 brand new songs and has been delayed largely because of the backlog to do with the new album. So far all of the recordings have taken place at Unit One Studios and no editing or mixing has taken place.

Kaine 22’ EP – Falling Through Freedom Anniversary Box Set

We have finished recording all the bass and guitars for the new EP at Gallow Wood Media, with Liam currently working on what he would like to do with the drums. This EP will be included in the anniversary set of the album, which will include the “demo” album, recorded by the 2011 line-up, the original 2012 album, the 2016 remaster, and the new EP.

Lillian Axe and Riot Act Tour

I have also been very busy working on the tour. I am pleased to say the transport and hotels are now all booked up. In terms of crew, Alex Odinson and Charles Franklin will be handing roadie duties which include everything from loading in, to providing tech support, looking after merchandise, and recording video footage of the gigs.

All t-shirt pre-orders have now been sent out with signed posters. In recent weeks I have written to a number of our Bandcamp buyers via the post with invitations to the tour, I have been using our emailing lists to send our targeted emails and videos to promote the events and obviously running an extensive social media campaign. I have also been supporting Lillian Axe with their social media campaign.

We will be using this tour to promote our most recent album Reforge The Steel, which was released just before the Covid-19 pandemic and this restricted the number of gigs we could do to promote it.

Opportunities like this do not come around often, and whether or not we get this kind of opportunity again depends on the success of this tour, which is why I am working flat out to try and make every show a sell-out. You can get tickets from here.

HEIDI CROWELL COMPLETES KEYS/VOCALS FOR NEW KAINE ALBUM

Heidi has finished recording her contributions to our new album After Extinction this week, which include keys and vocal harmonies to a number of tracks on the new album. The album is currently being mixed, with further vocal revisions being recorded at Gallow Wood Media this weekend.

The 5th album from Kaine.

We are currently working on the new album, and two EP’s all of which will be released later this year.

Heidi and Kaine guitarist Toby Woods previously appeared together on the Unit One Sessions cover of Maneater which can be heard above.

REHEARSALS CONTINUE TODAY AT UNIT ONE

We will be back in rehearsal today to prepare for our forthcoming shows as listed below:

  • July 16th, 2022 – The Rep, Ipswich (buy tickets)
  • July 29th, 2022 – Bassment, Chelmsford (buy tickets)
  • August 22nd, 2022 – Robin 2, Wolverhampton (buy tickets)
  • August 23rd, 2022 – Trillian’s, Newcastle (buy tickets)
  • August 24th, 2022 – Nightrain, Bradford (buy tickets)
  • August 25th, 2022 – Bannermans, Edinburgh (buy tickets)
  • August 26th, 2022 – Hangar 18, Swansea (buy tickets)
  • August 27th, 2022 – Underworld, Camden, London (buy tickets)
  • September 10th, 2022 – Cart and Horses, London (buy tickets)

KAINE RETURN TO REHEARSALS TO PREPARE FOR IPSWICH + CHELMSFORD SHOWS AND AUGUST TOUR

Last weeks gig in Meldreth

We will be back in Unit One today for rehearsals. We have a busy few months lined up already with our recently announced gigs at The Rep in Ipswich, and Bassment Chelmsford on top of our August tour supporting Lillian Axe and Riot Act.

We will also have news on our brand new album in the coming weeks.

  • July 16th, 2022 – The Rep, Ipswich (buy tickets)
  • July 29th, 2022 – Bassment, Chelmsford (buy tickets)
  • August 22nd, 2022 – Robin 2, Wolverhampton (buy tickets)
  • August 23rd, 2022 – Trillian’s, Newcastle (buy tickets)
  • August 24th, 2022 – Nightrain, Bradford (buy tickets)
  • August 25th, 2022 – Bannermans, Edinburgh (buy tickets)
  • August 26th, 2022 – Hangar 18, Swansea (buy tickets)
  • August 27th, 2022 – Underworld, Camden, London (buy tickets)

UPDATE – TRACKING FOR GUITARS FOR 21′ PATREON EP NOW COMPLETE – NEW ALBUM GETS CLOSER TO COMPLETION – FURTHER WRITING FOR ALBUM 6 YESTERDAY AT UNIT ONE

On Saturday Rage completed the last remaining guitar tracking at Unit One studio’s meaning that the EP is now close to competition with only the vocals remaining to be tracked.

A number of mixes for our new album After Extinction are near completion with album about half way through the production process.

Both of the album and the EP have been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Yesterday the band began writing a new song for the 6th album which you will be able to see when the studio footage is uploaded to YouTube.

KAINE RETURN TO REHEARSALS TODAY AT UNIT ONE

We will be back at Unit One today for rehearsals, with Rage now firmly on the way to recovery from his recent illness. We will be working on a mixture of material, as we were last week, working on songs from the new EP and our set for the gig at Melbourn Rock Club next month. You can watch us working on adding songs to the set and material for the new EP on the link above.

NEW ALBUM UPDATE – AFTER EXTINCTION PRODUCTION RESUMES AFTER DELAYS

Album title and logo

We’ve recently ran into a few issues with the new album which has caused some delays. Unlike previous records which were done in one studio, with one producer and over a short period of time, After Extinction has been a totally different process largely due to the Covid restrictions which have delayed the writing, rehearsals and recording of the album significantly over the past two years.  

We out of necessity have tracked the album across two studios (Gallow Wood Media and Unit One) with Talon Payne and Wayne Thompson contributing to the recording, production and editing of the album while we have been mixing the album ourselves and with advice from an external studio. I have overseen the whole project between managing the day-to-day business of the band and my day job. We have also been back on the road gigging with Neverworld and Planet Fatale which has meant much of my free time has been focused on making those shows a success on top of looking after the new album project.  

Recently this was pushed back when there was a hardware failure has resulted in further delays to the production after a handful of songs had been mixed, and between further revisions and contributions of the keys from Heidi Crowell.  This hardware issue has now been resolved and we are now moving forward with the album release again.

So, while the songs have been tracked and are sounding great in the raw, we do need more editing and changes as we go through the mixing process to give this album the best overall sound possible.

We debuted a fair chunk of the songs like since 2020 and many will hear that this is a completely different direction from our previous releases and represents an overall change for the band which we have matched with our new stage aesthetics and our brand-new logo. The new album has a march harder edge than the previous and is an album more influenced by our Speed Metal origins as opposed to anything really rooted in the NWOBHM movement which we had moved towards during The Waystone period of the band.

That is not to say we have lost the melodic stuff at all, there is a ton of that on the new record, but the music overall and the subject matter is much more in alignment with what is happening in the world right now rather than being mostly influenced by the 1980’s. It is a Metal record, and if anything, our least mainstream sounding record, and probably our least NWOTHM sounding album and production, although it is not as modern influenced (or progressive) as the material on Crisis of Faith and a lot more refined than out debut release, I think the best way to summarize it is it is our heaviest and angriest release yet.  

Lyrically we have touched on everything from battling Alzheimer’s disease, the culture war, drug addiction to the decline of western civilization and the evils of greed right through to the negative impact the existing Governments over-building policies have had on our environment. It is a bit more relevant lyrically than our past records I would say, it may upset a few people, but we have tried to keep it as balanced as possible.  

While the album has been slow to put together, we have soldiered on with the 5 new songs for the Patreon 21’ EP having recorded the bulk of those and started rehearsals for the 22’ EP material, oh which the band has now learned 4 of the 5 songs on that release so substantial progress has been made. The 21’ EP was delayed due to Covid restrictions and the band having to focus on the new album release.  

The 21’ EP is most definitely much heavier than the new album in places, but also has the most diverse range of songs. It is influenced by Speed/Thrash/Death Metal but there’s also a Sabbath inspired track on there and a song mocking industry created “alternative” bands that have come straight off a production line but sold as an organic thing.  

Anyhow I thought I would issue this update on just where we are at with the 3 releases which we fully intend to get out this year. 

REHEARSALS TODAY FOR 22′ EP AND IPSWICH SHOW ON MAY 13TH

We will be in Unit One Studio’s today to work both on the 22′ EP for Patreon and to prepare for our Ipswich show on May 13th. Uridium have had to pull out of the support slot for the Ipswich show due to singer Phil Cooke having a serious health issue. We wish Phil a speedy recovery and send our thoughts to his friends and family at this time. Replacing Uridium will be Screaming Viridian.

Last week we made good progress with two of the 22′ EP songs in rehearsals taking us up to 3 of the 5 learnt already. We rehearsed the new EP immediately after recording guitars for the 21′ EP which can be seen below.

Tickets are available on the door for the Ipswich show, you can find the full details here.

RAGE SADLER AND TOBY WOODS TRACKING GUITARS AT UNIT ONE TODAY FOR NEW EP

We will be tracking all of the guitars for the brand new songs with Wayne Thompson at Unit One today. The EP is a Patreon exclusive CD which will be coming out later this year. Liam and Isaac finished tracking the drums and bass a few months back, which means after today all that will be left to track will be the vocals.

KAINE TO PLAY TAP’N’TUMBLER IN NOTTINGHAM TONIGHT AND WILL BE RECORDING NEW EP ON SUNDAY AT UNIT ONE COLCHESTER

Last weeks gig in Nuneaton

We will be playing the Tap ‘N’ Tumbler tonight in Nottingham alongside Neverworld and Planet Fatale. This is our first appearance at the venue and our first gig in Nottingham since 2013. We will be doing songs from Reforge The Steel, Falling Through Freedom, and our new album After Extinction.

Working on the EP a few months back

On Sunday we will be back home in Colchester tracking guitars for the 2021 Patreon EP with Wayne Thompson. We have five new songs for that EP which will be a CD exclusive for our Patreons only.