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.

NEW EP RELEASED + LINK TO PRE-ORDER THE CD AND NEW T-SHIRT

Our first ever white t-shirt – available in all sizes

We’re proud to announce that we have released our brand new EP. You can pre-order the shirt/CD from here.

Recorded live at a streamed show at The Smokehouse, Ipswich from December 2020, the new Kaine EP contains 12 tracks and features songs from Reforge The Steel and The Waystone EP. Editing and additional recording took place at Gallow Wood Media between December 2020 and March 2021.

Two separate mixes are available for this EP.
released April 15, 2021

Gallow Wood Mix (Mixed, Edited and Mastered by Gallow Wood Media)
Produced by Talon Payne
Additional vocals by Talon Payne

Twisted Illusion Mix (Mixed, Edited and Mastered by Matt Jones)
Produced by Matt Jones
Additional Vocals by Matt Jones

Kaine are
Rage Sadler: Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Liam Etheridge: Drums, Backing Vocals
Toby Woods: Lead, Rhythm Guitars and Backing Vocals
Isaac Healy: Bass

All music written by Etheridge/Healy/Sadler/Woods apart from Monument (Etheridge/Healy/Murch/Sadler/Woods) all lyrics by Sadler, all solos by Woods apart from Master of Mankind 1 (Sadler)

KAINE NEW ALBUM + EP UPDATE

I am writing this blog as a general update on what we’re doing as a band and where we are at with the new album.

We actually began writing this new album during the rehearsals for Reforge The Steel, with the song “Train” being written during those sessions and even played live back in 2019. We started writing and putting together a big chunk of the album in 2019 after Reforge The Steel was recorded and between working on The Waystone anniversary EP.

We were making good progress with the Waystone EP and the new album until the COVID-19 pandemic hit early on in 2020 and we have had to suspend the recording of the album and do the remaining work on the Waystone EP as and when it was safe and legal to do so. The album initially was suspended on April 4th last year, until August most recently on January 6th 2021 before resuming at the end of February. Despite all of the delays the band is reasonably back on track and all we need to complete now is three remaining scratch tracks for the studio, get a few tracks up to speed in rehearsal, along with revising/wringing of the lyrics and vocal melodies. There is however a large amount of material that is unfortunately unused for this album due to the delays which we will revisit later.

Unlike Reforge The Steel which was largely written by myself immediately after the A Crisis of Faith line-up split, this album has song writing contributions from every member of the band as well as a number of songs we wrote together in rehearsals. So far we have exciting song names such as Chasing the Train, I’m in a Bath (Swedish Bath time), Stainkiller, Cheesy, Bright, Isaac, Green to Grey, Malwarenius and Steggameth (or Megasteph) as working titles for the tracks, most of which will likely change before the album is released.

On the new Kaine EP. The bulk of the tracks were recorded at The Smokehouse in Ipswich at the December livestream with additional tracking done at Gallow Wood Media at the back end of 2020 and then again this month to complete the release. The EP is mixed and mastered from the Gallow Wood end of things but a second disc of mixes by Matt Jones of Twisted Illusion from the same sessions is currently being worked on for the release.

We have also been uploading regular practice footage and a weekly Podcast onto YouTube to keep people engaged and updated during the pandemic, we’ve given our logo a facelift and have a new shirt/patch design on Patreon. We’ll also be recording an EP later this year for our 2021 Patreon subscribers.

In short this year we should hopefully see the release of a brand new Kaine album and two EP’s! I am very sorry about the delay and I hope you enjoy the final products. In other good news we have two gigs booked for 2021 one in May in Ipswich which is nearly sold out, and one in July which is in Colchester.

In the meantime stay safe and we’ll see you soon!

Rage

KAINE BEGIN WORK ON NEW EP WITH GALLOW WOOD MEDIA ON SATURDAY

The tracks recorded at The Smokehouse, Ipswich last Friday (4/12/2020) will be used as for a brand new self titled EP. Kaine will again be joining Talon Payne at Gallow Wood Media in Chelmsford on Saturday ahead of their show at The Music Room Ipswich.

The tracklisting will be

  1. Reforge The Steel
  2. Black
  3. Rebirth
  4. Loudwire
  5. Master of Mankind
  6. Monument

After the work at the studio is completed the band will head straight to Ipswich to play a now sold out show at The Music Room. The EP will be released sometime in the new year.

KAINE RETURN TO PIONEER MUSIC TO RESUME NEW ALBUM WRITING AND REHEARSALS TODAY

Kaine are back in the studio today to continue writing and rehearsing their forthcoming new album. The band already has 8 songs for the new record with more to come in the following weeks.

On Friday the band played it’s first streamed gig at The Smokehouse, Ipswich which was arranged by Deadsoul Promotions (footage from the night can be seen above) and the band will now be going to the studio to edit those recordings for a self titled EP to be released in the new year.

The definitive edition of Reforge The Steel was also released to all streaming services on Friday which features the updated album, The Waystone EP and the original with a CD to follow next week.

FIRST EVER STREAMED PERFORMANCE ON DECEMBER 4TH 2020 – NEW EP TO BE RECORDED

EP Cover

Kaine will be joining long time friends Dismanibus, and Arms to Oblivion for their first ever streamed performance on December 4th 2020 at 7pm. The event has been organised by the popular Deadsoul Promotions in Ipswich.

The band wanted to do something a unique for the stream and will take a different route with their performance, as it will be recorded by Gallow Wood Media for a brand new self titled EP. The bulk of the EP will be recorded live at The Smokehouse, Ipswich which you can watch live here. The rest of the recording will take place at the studio with Gallow Wood Media with the EP going on sale at a later date.