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.
There are just 35 copies of this album remaining on CD. Once they are sold out this will not be printed again. This set was recorded in November 2019 at the B2, Norwich not long after the release of the album.
You can order the CD from here: https://kaine.bandcamp.com/album/reforge-the-steel-live
To celebrate the 4th anniversary of the reformation of Kaine with the current line-up, we are running a sale on all the CDs released by the band since then. This is to help raise funds for the band while we try and finish our new album and EP and remain on the road following two years of restrictions due to Covid-19 hurting the band’s finances significantly.
If you are yet to complete your collection of Kaine releases, this is a good opportunity to pick up items cheaply. Members get a further discount on all items.
Reforge The Steel – Collectors CD
This is a special edition of the album with bonus tracks, a full-colour lyric book, and comes in a Super Jewell case. The album was also remastered for this CD and differs from the original CD.
Sale Price: £10
Reforge The Steel Live CD
Recorded in late 2019 before the pandemic hit. This is a complete live recording of the album from the B2, Norwich which also includes tracks from A Crisis of Faith from that set. Only a limited number of these CDs remain.
Sale Price: £5
The Waystone EP
This includes 5 re-recordings and updated versions of tracks from our 2014 album The Waystone released to celebrate the anniversary of that release. Only a limited number of these CDs remain.
Sale Price: £5
Recorded live at The Smokehouse, Ipswich at the end of 2020 and released in 202, this CD includes two versions of the EP and is only available in limited numbers.
Sale Price: £5
Kaine X DVD
This is a recording of our full set from the 10th-anniversary show at Colchester Arts Centre. The DVD was released to help support the costs of that show and is a very limited item. Each DVD comes with the tickets from the gig as well as a digital version of the live album from the same night.
Sale Price: £5
Reforge The Steel – Full-Colour Shirt
Sale Price: £10
Order from here: https://kaine.bandcamp.com/merch
We’re celebrating our fourth anniversary tonight at the Smokehouse, Ipswich. We officially came together as this version of Kaine on May 12th, 2018, in what was the most chaotic period in the band’s history.
Since then, we have released an album (Reforge The Steel, 2019), several live albums (Kaine X Live 2019, Reforge The Steel Live 2019, two EPs (The Waystone, 2020 and Kaine, 2021), and have a brand new album (After Extinction) and two new EP’s coming out soon.
Tonight will be our 58th gig together since our formation.
We will be back in Unit One today rehearsing for the forthcoming show at The Smokehouse, Ipswich on May 13th (Friday). We will be playing alongside Heathen Kings and Screaming Veridian with the doors 7pm. Tickets are available on the door. More event information can be found here.
We have added a number of made to order shirts and hoodies to our Bandcamp which will be drop shipped (free shipping in the UK) which include some of our original merch such as our first ever shirt design, the “Evil Eyes” Waystone shirt, both 2014 tour shirts, and the Quality of Madness shirt by Tom McGuire originally released for the Asylum venue in Chelmsford.
Two new pieces of merch are also available such as our first ever hoody (Reforge The Steel) and a yellow Neighbourhood Watch parody shirt featuring the band. You can order these from here.
This week we have released 3 exclusive live albums for our Bandcamp members which include 3 sets from our recent One-Eyed Toad Records tour alongside Neverworld and Planet Fatale. We have uploaded the Coda set, which features a one-night reunion with former guitarist Ant Murch, and our full sets from Cambridge and Hastings earlier this year. The sets also contain three new songs from the forthcoming album.
You can download all 3 albums here. Membership just cost £5 a year and includes a ton of exclusives and out-of-print releases as well as a 10% discount. As it’s Bandcamp Friday, anything ordered will result in 100% of the revenue going to the band.
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.
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.
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.