KAINE REFORGED – 3 YEARS ON – THOSE EARLY GIGS!

Our first gig was on May 26th 2018. It was one of our regular shows there as I had booked a reasonably busy schedule that year to help promote A Crisis of Faith. We arrived at the venue early and were chatting outside prior to load in when Dan Mailer and Josh Birch arrived together (from Osmium Guillotine) pulling up in the carpark, I had a half empty bottle of Coca-Cola which I was able to throw through the passenger window, past Josh’s head and straight into Dan’s face as he pulled up. Dan, looking for revenge, jumped out of his car and came charging up the B2 steps towards me, having forgot to put his handbrake on, turning to see Josh and his car going for unplanned trip into the Brickmakers beer garden!

From one of the early shows in Camden

The other amusing moment from that gig was the late great Wayne MacConnachie had arrived with Peter Keliris for the gig, he looked at me, looked at the guys and said “where’s ya band” obviously having not heard the news, I said to him that this was the band, he looked at me, looked at them “your fucking joking aren’t you?” I said the others had left the band and he was gobsmacked “they left you? They all left you? They all fucking left you?!”. Wayne simply couldn’t believe the last line up had left! That was sadly the last time I saw Wayne alive and were informed of his passing on the way to the Reforge The Steel Live recording gig in November 2019. We played a tribute to Wayne alongside Osmium Guillotine and Walk in Coma in January 2020 in Braintree.

Gent aka local legend Andy Martin opened the night, and Osmium Guillotine obviously also played. Dan Mailer jumped on on stage with us for the encore and all in all it was a successful first gig with very few mistakes. I think we genuinely shocked a few people. The band was formed in a fortnight and was already playing live, and to a good level, the transition seamless from the previous line-up.

An early B2 Show

Our next gig was a charity event in Long Melford, famous for being the place the legendary Hellfire Club was founded and much of the local folklore surrounds nefarious activities by the local nobles at Melford Hall. It is also famous for Beatrix Potter having stayed there. The gig itself was for our friend Bonnie Kelly’s birthday- Bonnie has her own band New Pages which can be checked out here. Toby and Isaac had to perform double duty as Cannon were also on the bill. Chris MacKinnon was also doing sound that night, obviously unable to stay away from us! After that we played the Unicorn in Camden for the first time. We would play a few gigs there in 2018 which were all really good, but weirdly after that we were never invited back! Kaine actually hadn’t played the gig since 2013 when we supported Canadian Metal legends Striker there! Again the gig went well and the band started to gel on stage.

After that we played with Alter the Sky at the Blue Moon, Cambridge. This is another venue we used to play a lot back in the day when it was the Man on the Moon, we even had a residency there for a bit in 2013. Again the show went incredibly well and people struggled to believe that this was a brand new band. We also started playing songs from Reforge The Steel around this time in the set as well. We were literally rehearsing, learning the Crisis material and adding new material into the set as well which really helped progress the Reforge The Steel album quickly.

Our one and only appearance at The Rock Den!

It was in this period that I wrote the 8 tracks for Reforge The Steel at home. I decided that to prove the band wasn’t dead and this band was as good as ever, I had to get a new album out as quickly as possible. I wrote Reforge The Steel, Black and Rebirth first, Wake was a song and I and Saxon Davids started working on some years previous that we even played live in instrumental form toward the back end of 2017, and songs like Master of Mankind and In Cold Light were written later with Loudwire being the last one I think I wrote for that album. It was important to show the world that we were still going and that is why Reforge The Steel came out so soon after A Crisis of Faith. We just learned the new songs between the Crisis material, and then played them live to iron out the cracks. It was a very busy period for the band. I had also started a new job around that time, which was less all over the place then the warehouse work but infinitely more stressful!

We had another gig at the B2 in July. Anthony Murch joined us for a few songs that night and a solo trade-off on stage, which I part inspired the ending of Master of Mankind! As Ant arrived the venue I was able to sneak around his car with a traffic cone, and block his door off so he couldn’t get out of his car! Is it any wonder people leave my band….Having looked back at the dates we had a very busy 2018! We were back at the Unicorn that month and also played our first and only gig at The Rock Den in Hatfield, another venue we’d previously been a resident band at.

Adam’s old band Cardinal

At the end of July we played Swanfest at the Swan, Ipswich in what was one of the hottest gigs I have ever played. Long term band friend Adam Prowse (who had played bass in Cardinal) joined us for the encore on vocals. The Swan is famous for having Ed Sheeran play there before he was famous. Ed recently having sponsored Ipswich Town Football Club, my football team and is famous for other things, but for me that’s the most important! Much like me he’s a regular at Town games, but at least he has a successful musical career to drown out the misery! It’s good to see him plough some money into the club under the new owners, but having said that if the club dropped any lower then I could have probably afforded to buy it, let alone sponsor it!

From The Smokehouse, Ipswich

So I thought I would give a little detail on our early gigs as a band. It’s weird to think this was all three years ago now. I will cover the back end of 2018 and the start of the recording of Reforge The Steel next week.

3 MORE DATES ADDED FOR 2021 – KAINE IS COMING TO THE VICTORIA BIKERS PUB – COALVILLE, LEICESTERSHIRE

Kaine will now be coming to a number of dates at the famous Victoria Bikers Pub in Coalville, Leicestershire which was founded back in 1994.

Kaine will be supporting Rhabstallion On July 9th, Battleaxe and Stormbringer or October 1st and Troyen + Stormbringer on October 23rd. It will be Kaine’s first ever appearance at the venue. Click the links above for ticket and event information.

More dates to be announced.

KAINE ANNOUNCE FIRST TWO 2021 GIGS!

Kaine will be playing their first two post-lockdown shows at two new venues coming up. The first will be at The Music Room, Ipswich (a new venue) on May 22nd. This will be alongside Arms to Oblivion and Brazen Bull and is close to selling out. All tickets from the cancelled 2020 show at this venue will be honoured if claimed early. Click here for ticket information.

The second will be the bands debut at CODA Colchester alongside long term gigging buddies Osmium Guillotine and Mercury Rising on July 14th. This event is free entry from 8pm and can be attended by clicking here.

NEW ALBUM WORK CONTINUES THIS WEEKEND – REHEARSAL STILL LEGAL IN ESSEX UNDER TIER 2

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Kaine will return to work on the new album this weekend at Pioneer Music in Colchester.

Despite Essex being in Tier 2 Lockdown rehearsals for bands are still legal in the county and Pioneer is still open for business. Earlier this week the Police were called to Pioneer after a tipoff to investigate Osmium Guillotine’s rehearsal there, however all the correct COVID measures were in place and everyone was adhering to the rules so no action was taken.

Last weekend a set of new band pictures were taken by Rachel W. Photography which can be seen on her Instagram page.

NEW LIVE ALBUM! Kaine Reforge The Steel LIVE 2019 to be released

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The new live album features over an hours’ worth of music taken from both Reforge The Steel and A Crisis of Faith recorded in late 2019 at the B2, Norwich by Talon Payne of Gallow Wood media. There will also be footage from the night accompanying the release.

The line-up will again be Rage Sadler (guitars and vocals), Liam Etheridge (drums), Toby Woods (lead guitars) and Isaac Healy (bass).

Tracklisting:

  1. Heaven’s Abandonment
  2. Reforge The Steel
  3. Black
  4. Loudwire
  5. Rebirth (The Dragon Reborn)
  6. In Cold Light
  7. I am God, The Master of Mankind
  8. To All, My Love
  9. Wake
  10. Fall of Jericho

The album will be in remembrance of Wayne MacConnachie who tragically passed away that same day. Osmium Guillotine released a live album in tribute to Wayne which was recorded on the same night which can be ordered here.

[Wayne MacConnachie was a great friend and supportive follower of the band. He could regularly be seen at our gigs and was always the life and soul of the party, guaranteed to be getting drunk, having fun, showing his arse and generally making everyone in the room laugh.

On November 1st 2019 whilst travelling to play a gig at the B2 in Norwich, we were shocked and saddened to discover the terrible news that Wayne had taken his own life.

The gig we played that night was one of the hardest we’ve ever done, with having that news fresh in our minds. We’ve decided to release the full show from that evening in tribute to the memory of Wayne MacConnachie.

Osmium Guillotine – Live at the B2, Norwich – 1st November 2019
1) Terminator / Paradox
2) Through The Black Mirror
3) This Is Blitzkrieg
4) Phantom of the Opera
5) Only Famous

Wayne was also a talented musician in his own right, producing his own jungle and rave music under the moniker ‘Enjå Bergman’.

Over the years Wayne created Osmium Guillotine-influenced remixes,
using a combination of our music, live clips and snippets from interviews.
These have never been released publicly so we’re including them here,
they’re a good representation of the talent and sense of humour that Wayne was known for!

Enjå Bergman – The Osmium Guillotine Remixes
6) I’m Lance Steele
7) Hobgoblin (Ali Abdul Shabalee Jafar Shababa Hassan remix)
8) Breathe it in Son (OG Megamix)

All proceeds from the sale of this CD go to MIND, the Mental Health Charity]

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.

Chris MacKinnon and Saxon Davids return to Kaine for one off show on September 14th

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Chris MacKinnon and Saxon Davis will rejoin Kaine for a one off appearance on September 14th, for Osmium Guillotine’s new album launch gig. Chris will be stepping in for Kaine drummer, Liam Etheridge who is unable to play the show. Saxon was also invited by the band to join them for the performance, and both will play alongside the new line-up of Rage, Toby and Isaac. The set will be drawn entirely from the album A Crisis of Faith.

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The Kaine connection on the night is strong, with former Kaine bassist and vocalist Dan Mailer making his full album debt with Osmium Guillotine having previously appeared on their first album along with Rage performing backing vocals. Osmium Guillotine drummer James Balcombe has played a number of gigs with Kaine in the past filling in, with guitarists Peter Keliris and Lance Steele also having guested with the band in the past. On top of this,  A Bribe for the Ferryman’s drummer Josh Moreton is a founding member of Kaine, and vocalist Rob Norrington has also guested with Kaine in the past. Rob had also previously been in the band Adonis alongside former Kaine guitarist Ant Murch (Falling Through Freedom/The Waystone).

The show will take place in Braintree at The Kavern and is free entry from 8pm. The attend the event, please click 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 new line-up to debut Saturday in Norwich

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Kaine’s new line-up will make its debut this Saturday. Liam Etheridge made his debut back in April with Toby Woods debuting at last week’s show in Ipswich. This weekend the complete new line-up with Isaac Healy on bass will take to the stage at the B2 for the first time.

It’s also a new era for Osmium Guillotine as former Kaine bassist and vocalist Dan Mailer will be joining them as their stand-alone vocalist with a brand-new line-up which will also be playing at the B2 on Saturday.

You can find details about how to attend the event by clicking here.