We’ve all seen it, the clickbait posts.

There was once a time prior to every Slipknot release we would get Corey Taylors’ view on every matter from every available media outlet, presently we are getting inundated with things about Ghost since they found TikTok success with Mary on A Cross, apparently Sleep Token is the next big thing and we know Dave Mustaine was fired from Metallica 40 odd years ago, but for some reason, this story is repeated daily. This morning we learned about what Bruce Dickinson did when Blaze Bayley replaced him in Iron Maiden in slightly more recent times, 1994…

I have noticed these articles are getting two types of engagement. One group of responders are those who read the headline and not the detail and will comment on the headline only, without understanding the context of the headline or the quote in question.

One recent piece I read was about the challenges Dave Mustaine had replacing Dave Ellefson, organising the re-recording of the parts for the new Megadeth album, and then preparing a new line-up for a major tour, all of which anyone who’s been in bands will understand will know will be a stressful and difficult period. This was a small part of a recent interview where Mustaine talked about his success on his recent tour. In this, he spoke about how well the band had done, and he showed a great level of appreciation for the bands he had toured with.

It was an interesting piece, however the headline however simply said, “I know what it is like to have people gunning for me” in reference to how the music press had gone after Dave Ellefson immediately following the controversy, showing some empathy for his former bandmate.  The headline let down the article, which was actually a good one, a positive one. Because a large number of those who engaged with the article only read the headline, the response was overwhelmingly negative, assuming that this was again about Dave Mustaine and Metallica, which it absolutely wasn’t.

The other group who comments are those who are sick to death with seeing the same stories recycled by all the major outlets, the attempts to reignite a feud that finished decades ago and people’s opinions on stuff that frankly nobody cares about, just to get certain groups angry.

On the flipside the media outlets will argue, they post and write about this stuff because that’s what people engage with, but it’s almost all negative, whether it is people arguing over whether Sleep Token is the next big thing, how much they hate the latest Ghost single, or a falling out between the members of Journey.  But this negative content is pretty much all they write about, and it’s to win at algorithms and not contribute anything substantial to heavy music, or even the debate. They pander to the angry, not the interested. Surely there is something else, something better than just this to write about?

The whole Rock and Metal online environment has been turned toxic, and the music seems secondary to the online arguments and the drama.  In the U.K. we call these “Sun” “Mirror” or “Daily Mail” headlines used to get readers angry, and make a cheap political point but have very little substance. While it might generate engagement and a few clicks, it’s not going to be generating album streams, sales, or selling tickets to anyone’s gigs. We know that, as everything is declining.

I do think the silent majority are sick to death of the way things are presently, and do want something new. The media has the power to flip this on its head and to contribute towards growing streams, album sales, and ticket sales but instead, it’s choosing to go for cheap clicks instead. Is it any wonder so many of these outlets can no longer afford to print their magazines?

As I have stated, frankly, the silent majority want something new, the legacy bands are established, and they will always have a growing fanbase, they are not gaining anything from feuds from 40 years ago. People are getting fed up with this style of journalism which is doing a ton of damage to the Rock and Metal scene by encouraging its ugliest elements to continually engage with negative and angry content rather than celebrating the quality of the music, the live performances or the excitement at a potentially good new band. All the good going on is being lost behind the anger aimed at these clickbait articles, and the average music fan just wants something good to listen to, they don’t care about other stuff. These are the people we are turning away in droves by the media continuing to create this environment.

Do we see the same negativity ever being written about what say Ed Sheeran does by the “pop” media? No. Because they promote his music, and the qualities he has as a person, not whether he fell out with a mate when he was 19 while recording a demo. They are making big money with the positive approach. A lot could be learned from that.

While I appreciate that music is subjective, and not everyone will like every band, at the same time we have an absolutely thriving underground Rock and Metal scene here in the U.K. with hundreds of amazing bands which cover every heavy genre, from Hard Rock to Extreme Metal. We have bands with great songs, we have tons of great young bands who really can play their stuff live, they have great attitudes, and their own growing fan bases. There is something for everyone, every generation and every taste. This should be covered, but it is being completely ignored. For me, it’s a shame this is being ignored in favour of promoting negative headlines and feuds from half a century ago, or the latest TikTok success. I think that something needs to change in Metal/Rock journalism that helps promote the good that is happening, and not just focus on the negativity algorithm or trying to benefit from a social media flash in the pan.

That may upset a few influential people, or make me unpopular as a result, but this is how I feel.

Kaine is turned down for deals by Metal Blade & Nuclear Blast following A Crisis of Faith release


Kaine this week has received submission responses from Metal Blade and Nuclear Blast who have both turned down adding Kaine to their roster. Earlier in the year, Kaine submitted their new album A Crisis of Faith to a range of labels along with a press pack looking to progress the band.

Until now the band hadn’t received a response, however both rejection letters from both established labels arrived this week. Kaine is however thankful that both Metal Blade and Nuclear Blast took the time to respond, especially given the amount of applications they receive.

Kaine will continue to look for an established label and management despite the setbacks in the hope of progressing the bands career.


It recently dawned on me that the band has now been in existence 9 years in one shape or form, so I thought I would cover some of our earlier days that are unknown now to the bulk of people who follow us.


The earliest formation of Kaine occurred when I met Elliot Jackson. Ell, originally from Essex like myself, was living in Peterborough at the time and I had made contact with him online originally about playing bass in a band. I travelled up on the train and we had a jam, he was a good bass player but when he started playing guitar it was pretty obvious that he was light-years ahead of me as a player. I asked him he would be interested in doing lead guitar instead which he agreed and over the next few months we started putting some of the earliest Kaine songs together.

The first two we worked on were Lies of the Forsaken, the music was written by Elliot and Violent Metal which was mostly from an idea I originally had. Ell had a very good knowledge of song writing and music theory and that’s where the nucleolus of what became the early Kaine sound came from. The core being the rhythm guitar holding the riffs while there would be classic Metal inspired leads over the top. We also worked on two other songs in this period, one called Greed which was dropped and another called Lost Sage’s Tower.

Throughout this period we started audition bass players and drummers. We had a number of people try out over the coming months, and we quickly realised how much hard work this would be as many people were not committed, no showed or were outright problematic. We had one guy descale Elliot’s kettle at 5am for no reason, another showed up beaten up having not paid his drug dealer the morning before. It was getting pretty desperate.


We did eventually find someone for the role of bass, from about 5 minutes away from Elliot’s house in Bretton, Peterborough. He was constantly online looking for members for his band, so I dropped him a line. He was a guitar player at the time but had started to play bass, he had similar influences to me and was keen to get going. This young lad was Dan Mailer, who joined the band after our first rehearsal together who was new to bass and music at the time but had the dedication to actually make a band work, and as many people knew he was with Kaine up until the middle of 2015 when he left to explore other opportunities.


The next job was finding a drummer, and again this was a challenge. We rehearsed with a number of people but nothing worked out as we geared up to work on our debut E.P. In this time Helpless Salvation and Entropy were started to be written and rehearsed.


It wouldn’t be until 2010 when we found a drummer that was good enough to player the material and whose ambitions aligned with our own to form and make a success of a band. Again, tirelessly searching the internet I was able to find a drummer from not far from me, in the village of Stebbing near Great Dunmow by the name of Josh Moreton. He was a very impressive drummer, and equally wanted a direct hand in the song writing of the band, something we were very keen on.

Now with a full line up, we worked on recording our first E.P. at home and finding our first gigs. It was around this time we moved from rehearsing in Elliot’s shed to South View Studios in Peterborough. We also decided on a name, Event Horizon. We started promoting ourselves under that name until some European label contacted us and asked us to change it as one of their acts were already using it. I then suggested Kaine, which was the only name that found mutual agreement and that’s what we have been called ever since.


We had put together Lies of the Forsaken, Violent Metal, Entropy, Helpless Salvation and For Whom The Bell Tolls, a Metallica cover for our E.P. and had started working on Valnir and Champion around this time, which would eventually end up on our first album. Sadly we were very unwise to the business at this stage and didn’t realise that a DIY E.P would fall on deaf ears when it came to being signed, but we sent it to all possible labels regardless. We only received one response, from Nuclear Blast thanking us for our submission but they wouldn’t be interested in signing us to the label. The E.P. would eventually be signed to Halstead based label Specky Records and distributed online.

Once we released the E.P., the harsh reality of being an unknown band kicked in. We couldn’t give the things away, and promoters were similarly unimpressed with very few wanting to book us on the strength of that E.P. so finding shows was incredibly hard. I still have most of them stored away at home. We continued to rehearse and work on new material, some songs such as Jaws of the Demon and Light & Fantasy written around this time never saw the light of day.


After me nagging Club Revolution in Peterborough for months on end, we finally managed to get a show booked as support in September. It was Elephant vs. Leopards final show in the City, which we agreed. Sadly the booking of this show would spell the end for the original line-up and Elliot at this time decided he didn’t want to continue and left the band, leaving us to play our debut show as a three piece. The show itself was interesting, the sound was absolutely awful and instead of mixing us the soundman was at the bar getting a drink, so we started our first set with no lead vocal microphone for most of the songs. He also put a ton of delay on my guitar for no reason, and the whole thing sounded a mess. The audience, which clinged to the back of the room in fear, watched on in horror as we stormed through our set of classic Metal style songs, drowned in delay with only Dan’s angry backing vocals audible, deep into the era of Metalcore. It as was far removed from a triumphant return to old school Heavy Metal you could get.

We left the stage, watched the other bands entertain the audience and excited the venue with our tails between our legs wondering what would be next for Kaine. Josh also had a stand stolen for his trouble…

Love, Rage

Kaine awarded top 100 Metal Blog place by Feedspot

Kaine (www.kaine-metal.com) has been recognised as one of the top 100 Heavy Metal blogs in the world by Feedspot (Feedspot Blog Reader).

Feedspot said: “I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Kaine – British Metal Revival has been selected by our panelists as one of the Top 100 Metal Music Blogs on the web.I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 100 Metal Music Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!”

Kaine are listed alongside some of the biggest Heavy Metal sites and bands on the net including Metal Injection, Metal Underground, Metal Blade Records, MetalSucks.net, TeamRock, Decibel Magazine, Terrorizer, Loudwire, Metallica TV, Slipknot, Avenged Sevenfold, Iron Maiden, Nuclear Blast, Century Media Records, Judas Priest and more.

The website currently stands at 87th in the entire world.