We will be celebrating 5 years of the “Reforged” line-up of Kaine in May on the 19th at Three Wise Monkeys, Colchester. Tickets have already started to sell well and we have already sold 20% of the allocation available. This event will be filmed/recorded for a video and live album release.
As stated in previous posts, we’ve not rehearsed in several weeks due to Liam suffering with a significant injury. To his credit he has still played the last two gigs in that state, one being a 2-hour set in Sheffield and the other a gig down in Kent a few weeks back, but we agreed it would be best to try and limit what he did while he was in pain. He also recorded his drums for the Falling Through Freedom EP in that period.
We’ve still been very busy, we’ve signed and sent out the album pre-orders on CD, we have finished recording the Falling Through Freedom EP, we’ve been working on getting the artwork finished for both EPs with the Extinction After EP completed and Falling Through Freedom on its way. The new art for the EP will on the t-shirt/patch for the 2022 Patreon package. Again, we are sorry for the delay on both.
By next Friday, I will have finished tracking vocals for Extinction After, having completed the Falling Through Freedom vocals last week. As stated previously, recording and finishing an album and two EPs in one year has been the most work I have ever done with this band, especially given we had a tour thrown in a few months back!
Today we’re back to rehearsals, focussing on our gig at the Brewhouse, Colchester next week and getting our set together for that, plus ensuring we’re up to standard in terms of playing together. We’ve never played the Brewhouse before either, so I am looking forward to it. We are playing alongside Heathen Kings and Osmium Guillotine so the night will have a very traditional Metal feel. The gigs on Friday next week, and it’s free to get into from 7pm.
I am hopeful we can try and get back to a normal gigging routine next year, however with costs rising in the UK and with yet more tax increases announced this week, it’s going to be interesting to see how bands and venues survive in 2023. It could be the toughest year yet.
We are pleased to report that Liam now feels able to return to rehearsals and we will be back in Unit One on Sunday to resume regular rehearsal sessions. He has been suffering from a trapped sciatic nerve and subsequent muscle-related issues in his back. He had recorded, and played the last two gigs in serious pain, and had requested some time off to recover. We’ll be working on our set for the Brewhouse show this weekend.
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!
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.
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 fathers best friends memorial – 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Reforge The Steel
Rebirth (The Dragon Reborn)
In Cold Light
I am God, The Master of Mankind
To All, My Love
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]
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.
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.