Black – Live from Kaine X is now on YouTube

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We’ve uploaded footage of Black from Kaine X onto our YouTube channel. Black is from our brand new album Reforge The Steel available to order from our bandcamp page.

You can watch the video by clicking the play icon in the box above.

Kaine celebrate 10 Years this Saturday at Colchester Arts Centre

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Kaine will be celebrating their 10 Year Anniversary this Saturday with a show at Colchester Arts Centre. On Church Street, to the east of Balkerne Hill lies the former church St Mary at the Walls (now Colchester Arts Centre), built against the Roman Walls and overlooking the south western corner of the old walled town of Colchester. The empty church of St. Marys was converted for use as an Arts Centre, opening for business in 1980 and is one of the best live music venues in the country.

The band will be joined by A Bribe for the Ferryman, which features Kaine founding member Josh Moreton on drums, Osmium Guillotine who Kaine have played many shows alongside over the past decade to celebrate the event. There will also be Heavy Metal DJ sets throughout the night from The Massacre Metal Night.

Kaine will play two sets, one with the current line-up and one with the popular A Crisis of Faith line-up who will be playing their final ever show together as a four.

Tickets will be available on the door for just £5 with 50% already sold in advance of show. Doors are at 7pm. The night will be recorded by Pioneer Music Studio in Colchester for a live album.

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

Arts Centre Show – Ticket includes CD, Shirt, Poster and more[Update]

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With every ticket purchase for our Colchester Arts Centre show in 2019, you get a CD, Shirt, Poster plus more to be announced with every ticket where can be ordered here.

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Kaine will be supported by A Bribe for The Ferryman and Osmium Guillotine, and will feature guest appearances from founding members as well as the A Crisis of Faith line-up.

A Crisis of Faith Line-Up to reunite for last ever performance at Kaine 10 Year Show

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Rage Sadler, Chris MacKinnon, Saxon Davids and Stephen Ellis will perform together for one last time at next years Anniversary show at the Arts Centre in Colchester.

The band, who were the Kaine line-up from 2016 to early 2018, recorded the bands most recent album A Crisis of Faith and were a very popular live act that many were sad to see split up. It was also the line-up who played in front of a sold-out Birmingham o2 in February. The band performed together briefly at Osmium Guillotines album launch show in September playing The Mind Is Willing.

The line-up will perform a selection of songs from A Crisis of Faith.  If you wish to see the final ever performance of this line-up, please purchase a ticket by clicking here.

Josh Moreton to rejoin Kaine for 10 Year Show in 2019 + A Bribe for the Ferryman added to line-up

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Kaine founding member and drummer Josh Moreton will be rejoining the band for the 10 Year Show to play songs from the band’s debut Falling Through Freedom. Josh’s last appearance in Kaine was in 2017 when he joined and one off line up of Rage Sadler and Stephen Ellis from the A Crisis of Faith line-up, and Anthony Murch who played guitar on both Falling Through Freedom and The Waystone.

Josh had a large hand in writing the first Kaine album and has since played drums in Dismanibus, Forged in Black, Deep Machine, Rezinwolf, Elimination and A Bribe for the Ferryman. Dismanibus will begin recording their second album tomorrow, which will mark his recording debut with that band. He also features as a guest on Kaine’s forthcoming live album A Crisis of Faith Live.

A Bribe for the Ferryman are one of the most popular local bands and recently shared the stage with Kaine and Osmium Guillotine for the launch of Osmium Guillotine’s new album. After the success of that night, and given how well received all three bands were, it made sense to ask them to join the night also.

If you have not ordered your tickets – you can do so here.

DAN MAILER TO REJOIN KAINE AS GUEST FOR 10TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW IN 2019

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Dan Mailer, who helped found Kaine back in 2009 as the bands original bassist and co-vocalist will be rejoining the band on stage at it’s tenth anniversary show next April.

While in the band he released two studio albums, performed on a live album and featured on the band’s first two major tours, one of which being a Britain and Ireland tour alongside American Thrash Metal legends Mordred, and Wildfire Festival where Kaine played alongside Diamond Head, Lawnmower Death, Tygers of Pan Tang, Holocaust among many others. He also had the honour of replacing former Bruce Dickinson bass player Chris Dale, while stepping in to play bass with Monument on the 2014 Monument tour.

The Waystone, still the bands most critically and commercially successful album to date, was largely due to Dan’s contributions to the album and the overall songwriting process, which also saw the band briefly signed and professionally managed.

He has since played bass in bands such as Deep Machine, Daemona, Gabriel and Elimination as well as releasing his first solo EP, Introspectrum, and recently he has become the vocalist for long standing Heavy Metal revivalists and good friends of Kaine, Osmium Guillotine.

To buy tickets to the 10 year show please click here.

Kaine Announce 2019 10 Year Show at Colchester Arts Centre

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Kaine’s Ten Year Anniversary show will take place at the Colchester Arts Centre on Saturday, April 27th 2019. This will be the biggest show the band has ever done, with a set comprising of material from all releases and will feature guest appearances from past members of the band in a special celebration of the bands achievements over the past decade. Supports to be announced.

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The Arts Centre is one of East Anglia’s leading venues with an excellent sound, stage and lighting set up. The band will also be filming a DVD and recording a live-album of the night. This will be a Kaine show like no other, and fans of the band will not want to miss this.

We advise the you book now to avoid disappointment as spaces are limited. Colchester has excellent transport links by rail (just an hour from London), with the venue in walking distance of both the train station and Town Centre, with many affordable hotels in the nearby area for fans to take advantage of which can be booked in advance for lower costs.

Purchase of the tickets includes a free digital copy of the live-album which will be recorded on the night itself. Please support this momentous celebration of Kaine, this will be the biggest one off show the band has ever done and we very much hope to see you there. Tickets are available here.

Kaine to begin auditioning potential new drummers tomorrow

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The three remaining members of Kaine will begin their search for a new drummer tomorrow night as the auditioning process for a new drummer begins. The auditions will take place at Pioneer Music in Colchester.

If you are interested in trying out for the band, please get in touch on the bands facebook or by e-mailing bookings@kaine-metal.com.

LEADING KAINE TO A CRISIS …. A CRISIS OF FAITH [PART 2]

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The “new” Kaine launched in 2016

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Love, as ever…. Rage