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

Last weeks sessions post tier 2

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.

REHEARSALS STILL GOING AHEAD – ESSEX STUDIOS TO REMAIN OPEN DURING TIER 2 LOCKDOWN

Last weeks rehearsals

From midnight on Saturday 17 October, Essex will move from medium to high alert level after Government agreed with Essex County Council to increase local lockdown measures following a dramatic increases of COVID-19 cases over the last few days throughout the area. Throughout the East Anglia region Norwich and North Norfolk have also seen a spike, as have places such as Ipswich, Cambridge and Saffron Walden.

However, under current guidelines recording studios as a place of work can remain open. Pioneer Music will continue to operate a COVID-19 safe environment including the wearing of masks when entering the hallways and other communal areas as well as a one way system around the building to prevent people from coming into direct contact with one another between sessions. The rehearsal rooms have already been made safe and are cleaned regularly.

Kaine will continue to rehearse while it remains legal to do so in Essex.

NEW ALBUM WRITING AND REHEARSALS RESUME TOMORROW

Last weeks sessions

Kaine will resume their new album writing and rehearsal sessions tomorrow at Pioneer Music in Colchester. Last week the band worked on 6 new songs from the album, two of which were newer additions and the other four had been worked on in previous weeks.

Today the band will be working with Talon Payne again at Gallow Wood Media in Danbury on a soon to be announced release. Kaine worked with Talon previously as he recorded both Kaine X and Reforge The Steel Live with the band as well as recently recording some of the vocals for The Waystone EP. Talon also provided some of the backing vocals himself to the EP.

WORK CONTINUES ON NEW ALBUM AT PIONEER + RETURN TO LIVE PERFORMANCES UPDATE

Last weeks sessions at Pioneer

Kaine will today return to Pioneer Music studio in Colchester to continue working on the 5th Kaine album. The first four songs are already being rehearsed, revised and worked on by the band with more to come in the following weeks. You can see the latest progress on the link above.

The band had also discussed a return to live performances, however with loud music still illegal in the UK following COVID-19 and new restrictions being brought in for groups of more than 6 people these plans have been postponed. Despite post-lock-down measures being put in place, the cases of COVID-19 are rising again leading to further measures being taken to stop any further spread of the disease including localised lock-downs in certain parts of the UK.

REHEARSALS AND WRITING CONTINUES FOR NEW ALBUM

Kaine will again return to Pioneer Music Studio today to continue rehearsing for their return to the living gigging scene post COVID-19 and to continue to work on their new album. You can see what they worked on last week by clicking the video above.

New Album Writing/Rehearsal Sessions Resume This Sunday

The bands first full rehearsal since March can be seen above.

The band will resume the full writing and rehearsal sessions for the new album this Sunday. Writing as a group on the new album had begun earlier this year prior to the COVID-19 lock-down and had been postponed while the band could not rehearse. However, in the interim period the band has individually written new music for the album which will be brought to the group in the coming weeks with the ambition to record the album later this year. One of the new songs “Chasing The Train” was played live in instrumental form at a number of shows last year and can be heard on Bandcamp by clicking here.

This will be the first Kaine album to feature the same line-up on back to back albums.

KAINE RETURN TO FULL REHEARSALS THIS WEEK

Last weekends session.

At last weekend’s session the band had a tune up session as a three piece with Rage, Liam and Isaac returning to rehearsal. This Sunday Toby returns to the band for the first time since self isolating back in March to again complete the line-up. The band will again be having a fine tuning session to shake off any rust from the lack of rehearsals and shows this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Once the band is comfortable again and is gig ready performance wise the band will resume writing and rehearsing the new album.

KAINE TO RETURN TO REHEARSALS THIS WEEKEND

The band will return to rehearsals this Sunday at Pioneer Music in Colchester. Kaine has in effect been on hiatus since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rage, Liam and Isaac will begin rehearsals as a three piece until such time it is safe for Toby to rejoin them. Toby has someone in the high group in his immediate circle and is being careful about when he comes back to the band. Toby has been keeping himself busy in isolation by recording a number of covers and playthroughs which can be found here.

In other news, with studios reopening across the country with the gradual ease of the lock down in the UK the band is currently working on the editing, mixing and mastering phase of The Waystone EP. The EP was delayed due to the pandemic however should be available soon. You can pre-order the CD for £5 here.

Kaine celebrate 10 Years this Saturday at Colchester Arts Centre

Check out the event page here.

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.

A Crisis of Faith.. how was it written?

 

 

Yesterday I wrote about how the album was promoted and how it performed in terms of sales. Today I thought I’d take a look back on the background of the album and how it was written.

The album has its origins in August 2015 when a year after The Waystone, Dan Mailer (bass and vocals) decided to move on from the band and we recruited Drop Dead Fred bassist Stevo Ellis to join the band. At this point in time the band was still a five piece and we had been writing music for a follow up album to the Waystone, we released one of tracks as a single as a taster for the new record which was Justice, Injustice however when Dan left the band this was all scrapped. We remained as a five piece until the end of 2015 and in that period, we had brought Voice in Hell into the live set, as well as started to write songs such as Afterlife, Fall of Jericho and A Night Meets Death. I had written Voice in Hell, Chris had written Afterlife and Fall of Jericho and A Night Meets Death were Stevo’s work. We had taken most of January off to begin writing the next album in full when Anthony decided to leave the band also for personal reasons.

Going into 2016 we decided to remain as a four piece and to work solely on new material, which is what we did for the next year and a bit. We put hours into rehearse and refine every little detail of everything we wrote because we knew how important this release would be for us, being our third album and it being a brand-new line-up. Much of the rehearsals were done at Pioneer Music in Colchester, with some also work being done at Unit One.

We demoed the songs, would practice the songs, play them live, alter and so on until we were happy. Saxon brought the song Heaven’s Abandonment to the table, while Stevo added to it with the intro, Chris wrote Afterlife and The Mind is Willing, which saw him perform lead vocals for both for the first time. Stevo wrote A Night Meets Death with Saxons input, Fall of Jericho and of course “Stephens Song” which was a n old Drop Dead Fred song which Stevo and Chris had done in that band together before being ejected from that band, which we turned into Frailty of the Blade. My contributions were Voice in Hell, Crisis of Faith, Alone, Behind the Preacher’s Eyes. I wrote all the lyrics bar those for Afterlife and The Mind is Willing, however Stevo helped me with some of the melodies for A Night Meets Death. Of course, we all had a degree of input on all of the material written but the original ideas came from essentially one of us having the bulk of an idea and taking it to the band and working it from there.

The ambition really was to write the best album we could and try and push it to the moon and back once it was released, and try and improve upon what had happened in the past, we gave ourselves the time to write and flesh ideas out whereas on The Waystone we were pressured by a label to do things much quicker than we would have liked.

Rolling into 2017 we were ready to record the album, having already played all of it live as heard on our A Crisis of Faith Live album, which was recorded before the album was even released. In terms of finding somewhere to record, Stevo had performed bass on the Twisted Illusion album Insight to a Mind with a Million Faces album and had recorded at Pointy Halo with Carl Brewer based out of Red Wall Studios in Greater Manchester and suggested we use him. We listened to his work and agreed that he would be ideal for the new release, in order to give us a much more modern sound to fit the new band as well as move away from being stuck in that old school bracket production wise, as well as musically speaking we wanted to move away from more of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal influenced stuff and stamp our own sound on the album as much as we could while keeping true to our music roots and I think we did deliver that, and given much of the NWOTM online scene loathed the album, the evidence was clear we had achieved that distance.

We recorded over the course of several months in 2017 after demoing the album in full, we did release the demos as a special one-off Ghost Edition which sold out in under an hour. Once in the studio and after the bulk of the recording had been done we spent a lot of time mixing it with Carl and Sheldon, adding in orchestral elements, making a lot of effort to ensure the vocals were strong, that the instruments sounded to as we wanted which is why we didn’t release the album until February of 2018, because we really spent the time on it. Chris in particular took a lead role in all of this, putting those elements together as well as the orchestrations, hidden tracks and even the track listing.

Ultimately the release was a team effort and I really hope this shows throughout the album.