AHM Music Guitar Playthrough for Iron Lady

Anthony Murch (Guitarist for The Rock Dinosaurs and It’s Not A Phase Mum) has done a play through on his new YouTube channel AHM Music of the song Iron Lady from the 2014 album The Waystone.

Anthony Murch was the lead guitarist in Kaine from 2012 to 2015 performing on the Falling Through Freedom and The Waystone albums. He has since appeared as a guest on stage with the band and a guest solo for the single version of Black on Reforge The Steel.

Feature on Isaac Healy – [KAINE – BASS]

Today’s feature is Kaine bassist Isaac Healy, the last person to join the new line-up as the four members finally came together in May 2018. Isaac jumped in right away with the band gigging the A Crisis of Faith material while writing and rehearsing for the new album, Reforge The Steel.  

How long have you been playing bass? 

I’ve been playing for around 7 or 8 years 

You are a multi-instrumentalist, you play drums, what made you switch to bass as your main instrument and what other instruments can you play? 

I switched to bass as my main instrument mainly out of convenience of being able to practice easier and at any time. 

I actually started out learning classical guitar at primary school and started learning the drums shortly after. Over the years, I never really practiced the guitar as much as I should have but have recently been re-teaching myself.

At The Firehouse, Southampton

You have several basses in your collection, what do you own and what are your current set ups? 

Listing all 17 would take a while so my top 5 in no particular order are: 

  • Atelier Z M265+ custom (the white 5 string jazz bass that I play at most gigs) 
  • Atelier Z Beta 6/32 (Red 6 string jazz bass that I played at my first Kaine gig and sporadically since) 
  • ESP PPJ (’84 signature bass of Masayoshi Yamashita from Loudness) 
  • 1970s Ovation Magnum 1 
  • 2010 Fender Mexican Jazz (my first “real” bass. It was originally black but I had it re-finished in yellow. I promise it isn’t as nasty as it sounds) 
Live in Bury St Edmund’s

What amps and pedals are you currently using? 

I use 3 main amps depending on situation but will mostly have 2 with me. The first is the Trace Elliot ELF which lives in my gig bag as a backup amp or as the main amp if a normal amp is impractical logistics wise. Second is an Ashdown CTM 100 tube amp. My third and most recent amp is an ENGL Ironbass amp which is the most powerful amp I own by far at 800w. 

My pedal board is too large, and I plan on downsizing by getting rid of the multi effect that takes up 1/2 of my board. 

My pedals are actually mostly really boring. Line 6 G30 wireless, Boss TU-3 tuner, AMT bass wah, Electro Harmonix Bass Preacher compressor, Ashdown Nate Mendel NM2 dual overdrive. 

Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath, the man who helped invent music… everything before Sabbath was merely tuning up…

Who are your biggest influences as a bass player?  

Probably Billy Sheehan (Mr Big, etc.), Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Rocco Prestia (Tower of Power) and Bohte Daisuke (Kari Band). 

At the Bassment, Chelmsford

What were your musical endeavours before Kaine? 

I had only really been in one gigging band before Kaine which was called Cannon. I was in another band in secondary school, but we never did any real gigs. 

The now closed Asylum venue in Chelmsford

You played with Toby in a band called Cannon, how long have you known and played with Toby, what did you release and what venues did you play with that band? 

I’ve known Toby for about 5 years as we were on the same music course and we actually met in Cannon which somebody else on our course put together. In Cannon we played a few venues that you would maybe heard of if you’re from Essex such as Chinnery’s in Southend, the Asylum and Three Wise Monkeys.

Earlier this year at Colchester Arts Centre

Toby recommended you to Kaine to join the band, how was it to be in a new band and gigging so quickly? 

I hadn’t actually heard of Kaine until Toby asked if I wanted to join. At the time Cannon was winding down due to constant lineup changes so it was good to be in a band that already had gigs on the books. 

Rocking out at The Dome, London

How did you find adapting the A Crisis of Faith songs to your style?  

As I had learnt most of the songs by ear, something that I am definitely not the best at, and the fact that I didn’t already know the songs meant that I was sort of just winging it for most of the parts that were very Stevo. Most of which I just omitted or changed. (nothing against Stevo, I think he’s a much more melodic player than I and we have pretty different styles). 

From the Reforge The Steel photoshoot

You put together the Reforge The Steel album very quickly, how was the process of rehearsing and recording that album for you?  

The recording of that album was pretty easy for me, I managed to do all of my tracking in about half a day. 

Tracking the EP earlier this year

You also recently tracked your parts for The Waystone EP, how did you find that? 

I found that The Waystone songs were quite a bit different to the Reforge tracks, especially the title track The Waystone. That track was much unlike the other tracks we had done, mainly due to how it was almost prog like in structure when compared to the rest of the material.

At Burr Fest 2020

You played both the 10-year show with Kaine at Colchester Arts Centre, and Burr Fest at The Dome recently, what was it like doing those big gigs with the band? 

Doing these two gigs was a great experience and not just because they were in the minority of gigs where I could hear what I was playing. These two gigs were two of the biggest crowds I have played for and two of the most engaged crowds to boot. That just made it even more fun to play in front of them. 

Isaac at Kaine X

Your currently writing material for a new Kaine album, how would you describe the new material so far and the process? 

So far, this album seems to be shaping up to be quite a bit different to the previous albums sound wise. The process so far has mainly been just jamming a riff or two and seeing how it evolves. 

From Kaine X Live

How are you managing your time during the lock down?  

Either practicing bass or just playing video games. 

Isaac ranks the A27M “Cromwell” as the best tank fielded in the Second World War

Favourite World War 2 Tank? 

Fielded: A27M “Cromwell” Prototype: A39 “Tortoise” 

You are also releasing a new live album coming up, which was recorded at the B2 Norwich, are you looking forward to putting out a live version of the Reforge The Steel album?  

Yes.  

Reforge The Steel!

Finally, what is your thought of the day? 

Can animals have the equivalent of an accent? 

You can hear Isaac’s contributions to Kaine on Reforge The Steel by clicking here – there are still a number of CD’s available to order through Bandcamp. Isaac also performed at Kaine X which can be ordered both on CD and DVD by clicking here as well as the forthcoming Waystone EP which can be preordered here.  

Feature on Toby Woods [KAINE – LEAD GUITAR/BACKING VOCALS]

Today’s feature is on Lead Guitarist Toby Woods who joined the band just under two years ago. A guitar teacher by trade, he stepped in after A Crisis of Faith and helped write and record the latest album Reforge The Steel and this is what he had to tell us…  

When did you start playing guitar? 

I started playing at age 6 taking lessons at primary school. The first few years were on a nylon string classical guitar which I didn’t enjoy as much as I thought I would but at age 8/9 I got my first electric and that’s when it became a obsession.

Former Megadeth lead guitarist Marty Friedman with his hero Toby Woods

What were your biggest influences starting out?  

The reason I play guitar is because of the Darkness. I remember wanting to learn to play because I wanted to be the guitar player for the Darkness. AC/DC have always been a massive influence to me. As for metal, the first album I ever bought was Metallica’s Black Album so they have been a big influence on my playing as well. When I first started playing electric, I used to copy James Hetfield’s picking hand, gripping the pick with two fingers. Nowadays, anyone can tell you I’m hugely obsessed with Marty Friedman. Hes definitely my biggest inspiration at the moment.

Fellow East Anglian’s… The Darkness

You are a guitar teacher by trade, how do you enjoy teaching?  

I really enjoy it! It’s really special to be a part of someone else’s musical journey and helping them to progress. Plus I get to play guitar for a living, what’s not to love.

How can someone book a lesson with you? 

The best way to get a hold of me is to email twguitarist@gmail.com that’s where I deal with all of my lesson bookings and any music business.

Needs more harmonies….

You are a guitar enthusiast, how many do you currently own and what models and set ups are you using? 

I currently have 6 guitars: Gibson SG Standard; ESP EX standard; ESP LTD Gus-200; PRS SE Marty Friedman; Jackson Marty Friedman; and a Sigma acoustic. My collection has downsized massively. I decided to get rid of most of the guitars that I wasn’t playing. I’m a big fan of EMG pickups, the Marty Friedman set being the best set of pickups that have ever been made! I use D’addario 11-52 on everything along with Dunlop strap locks. I’ll hopefully add to my collection again soon.

And which amp are you currently using and why?  

I’m currently using a Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister Deluxe 40. It’s a really great sounding head and it’s small which is a massive plus. I went to Andertons with Isaac to get a new Head and Cab and after trying a few different brands, we plugged in the Hughes & Kettner and it blew every other amp out of the water. I only use the lead channel boosted with a Boss SD-1. It’s quite the tone. Every guitar sounds great through it as well. It sits well in the mix with Rage’s guitar tone and Issac’s bass.

Kaine X Live

What were your musical endeavours prior to joining Kaine? 

I had a lot of performance experience at secondary school playing lead guitar in our Schools AC/DC tribute band which was a lot of fun. Then when I got to college I was in a band with Isaac that we’ll get to in the nest question.

Toby and Isaac performed together in Cannon prior to joining Kaine

You and Isaac were originally in a band together called Cannon, when did that start? 

We started that with some of our college friends in 2015/16. We had a good time playing lots of local shows and putting on gigs at college with some other college bands that we were friends with. Our best show was our EP release gig at Colchester Institutes Swinburne Hall with our good friends State of Millennia, who have recently release their first album. We promoted the gig our selves and it was filmed for a YouTube release which might still be out there somewhere. That was a lot of fun.

Did you record any material? 

We recorded a five track EP called Time Machine which was fun to write and record but the band came to a natural end when we went our separate ways for University.

Cannon’s music video

You applied to try out for Kaine on the morning of the announcement of Saxon’s departure from the band, what drew you to want to join Kaine? 

I started off as a fan of the band. I had all the albums before I joined so when the opportunity to join came up I jumped at it. I was rehearsing the songs in-between giving guitar lessons at the primary school that I teach at. I wanted to make sure I knew them as well as I could for my “informal audition”.

Fun and games at rehearsals…

After joining the band you played one gig with Stephen Ellis on bass, how was that? 

That was a good gig. I was a little nervous with it being my first gig with the band but I new I was in good hands. Stephen is an awesome bass player so I was really pleased that I could share the stage with him.

From the Reforge The Steel photo shoot

You recommended Isaac Healy to the band a new line-up had been put together in a fortnight, what was it like to suddenly be in a whole new version of an established band, although also with Isaac who you knew? 

It was extremely exciting. I couldn’t wait to begin playing and writing and cementing my place in the band. I new that Isaac would be a good fit as bass player as we have played and rehearsed together many times.

Performing in Bury St Edmund’s in 2019

How long have you known Isaac and how long have you been playing together? 

We first met when Cannon started. We were on the same course at college but we were in different groups so we didn’t actually meet until the first Cannon practice. It turned out that we had a very similar music taste so we ended up going to a load of shows together with our friend Karl.

Cameron Heeps in action for Ipswich Witches

Your Ipswich Witches hat has drawn some attention, how long have you been a fan?  

I remember going to the good Friday races when I was much younger but me and My Dad have been going to meetings regularly for the last three years or so. I’m glad everyone has been enjoying the now named “harmony hat”!

Toby performed lead guitar and the solos on Reforge The Steel

Reforge The Steel came together quickly after the new band had formed in a fortnight, how was it to record a new album so soon after joining the band and what are your favourite tracks and solos from the album? 

The songs on the album came together really quickly which I think reflects on how well we all work together as a band. I’m very pleased with how it came out and i enjoy every song on it. I think my favourite solo is probably the one in “Wake”. This is because I tried to make this solo more melodic that some of the others. Whilst it’s always fun to shred away, somethings it’s great to put some feeling into the notes. I’m also quite proud the solo in “Black” because it was improvised in the studio so it has never been played the same again. My favourite track is “Reforge The Steel”. Its normally the song we open a set with so it’s always a fun one and packed with energy.

Toby on stage at Kaine X

You played both the packed out Kaine 10 year show at Colchester Arts Centre and Burr Fest with Kaine, how did you find doing those two big shows with the band? 

The 10 year show was definitely an amazing time. It’s a venue I’d always wanted to play a show at and it being very close to sold out made it even more special. It was great to have so many people come out to see us and really enjoying the music. Because it was so close to where I live, it was awesome to have my Mum and Dad there who have always been very supportive of my choice to pursue music and have always done everything they can top help me, whether it’s driving me to gigs so I can play or buying for that new guitar for my birthday that I simply must have! I hope I did them proud.

Playing Burr fest was also awesome. To play on that stage in front of all those people, some who knew us and some who didn’t was truly special. Hopefully we made some new fans that day. Its was great again to have my Mum, Dad and sister there because it was my Mums birthday so it was really meant a lot that she wanted to spend her birthday in London to see us play. It was also great to have my Sister taking some great photos of us all whilst we played our set.

From Colchester Arts Centre supporting Skiltron and Ethereal Sin

Being from the area, the Arts Centre is a special venue to you, what bands have you seen there? Also, you watched bands at The Dome before playing there will Kaine, what bands did you see there?  

My first ever gig was at Colchester Arts Centre seeing Dragonforce. After that gig, I said to my friends that I would one day play a show there! Since then, I have seen Cryptopsy, Crowbar, Limehouse Lizzy, Live Wire and of course Skiltron and Etheral Sin when we supported them. At the dome, me and Isaac have seen Man With a Mission and Band Maid there. I always thought that it would be an awesome venue to play as well. It was really special to stand on the stages that I have seen some of my favourite bands play on.

At Colchester Arts Centre earlier this year

You’re currently writing a new album during the lock down, you have put a couple of tracks together for it, how would you describe the new album so far and your tracks?  

One of the tracks I’ve put forward for the album is purely a show off tune for me. It’s a power metal-y neoclassical shred fest that I put together a little while ago whilst listening to a lot of power metal bands like Dragonforce and Galneryus. The new album is shaping up really well, we’ve all been sharing ideas and writing tunes during rehearsals for a little while now and it’s been really fun bouncing ideas off of each other. I cant wait to get the songs finished so we can start to bring them out live and record them.

Playing The Dome for Burr Fest

Are you enjoying the creative freedom in Kaine? 

It’s been really great to put my own touches on existing Kaine songs as well as being as creative as I can with writing leads when it comes to writing.

Isaac and Toby relaxing after a day in the studio tracking the EP

The band is releasing a new EP and live album this year, have you tried to give the Waystone EP your own flair?  

I tried to put my own spin on the songs where I could. This was mainly putting in my own solos and re-working some of the leads to fit them in better with my style. Other than that, I kept all the essential parts as they were. The live album will also be great when it comes out. It was a lot of fun to record.

From The Bassment, Chelmsford

How did the B2 live album night go for you? Did you enjoying doing the new album in its entirety live?  

It was a great show. It was really great to see so many people out to see us at the B2. It was awesome to play all of the songs live in one go. They’re all a lot of fun to play and seeing the crowds enjoyment made the show easy to play. Again, it was really great for my awesome Mum & Dad and wonderful Girlfriend there to support us a share another special Kaine moment.

Being heavily encouraged on stage…

You can hear Toby’s lead guitar work on the latest album Reforge The Steel by clicking here. There are still copies available on CD available from Bandcamp and is free to stream across all major streaming services (Spotify link included on the tab on this website). Toby also performed on the Kaine X Live Album and DVD which can be ordered here, as well as the The Waystone EP which can be pre-ordered here.  

Kaine Merch Sale! Merchandise from as low as £2!

We’ve dropped all our merch prices to £10 and below to coincide with Bandcamp dropping their fees for items sold on their site for 1 day only! That means in some cases you can get our merch for anything as low as £2-3! We’re also offering all our digital albums for £1.

There are less than 100 of most of the items here so please feel free to grab them while they are affordable.

  • The Waystone Patch – £2
  • Kaine X Shirts – £3
  • The Waystone + Justice, Injustice CD – £5
  • A Crisis of Faith CD [UK] – £5
  • A Crisis of Faith CD [EU] – £5
  • A Crisis of Faith LIVE CD – £5
  • A Crisis of Faith T-Shirt – £5
  • Reforge The Steel CD – £8
  • A Crisis of Faith Vinyl – £10
  • X Double Live Album CD – £10
  • X Double Live Album DVD – £10

All digital downloads £1
+ One Free Download for anyone currently unwell or in isolation

Order Here – https://kaine.bandcamp.com/merch

Waystone EP recording begins this week at Pointy Halo Productions

Artwork for EP Sleeve and T-Shirt

Liam Etheridge will be heading up to Pointy Halo Productions based at Redwall Record Studio, Bury this week to begin recording the drums for the Waystone EP. The EP will have new versions of 4 songs from the original album plus a unreleased track from the era. Pre-orders are already available with the option to get both the CD and the t-shirt for £10. After the pre order period the CD will be £5 and the T-Shirt will be £10. As ever members will get 10% off. The CD and shirt will both be limited edition so once stocks are gone it will be gone for good – order here.

The Waystone patch now available from Bandcamp

To mark 5 years of The Waystone album we’ve done our first official patch to accompany the new Waystone EP which will be recorded later this year.

This patch is high quality, full colour and features the original “Evil Eyes” t-shirt design. Each patch comes with a free download of The Waystone album. Limited to just 50. Members get 10% off all orders. 

Order here.

Qwertee removes Waystone art from sale after legal challenge

The removed artwork that used Kaine’s The Waystone artwork

Qwertee has now removed the t-shirt following the bands legal threat from earlier today. Kaine will soon be releasing a new 5 year anniversary t-shirt from the album and a new EP.

Kaine to take legal action against Qwertee for stealing Waystone album art

The stolen artwork from The Waystone album

Kaine’s album artwork from The Waystone (and t-shirt design) has been used without permission by Qwertee, a mass t-shirt printing company. The company has ripped off the artwork and design for their Waystone Inn shirts and hoodies (seen above).

The original shirt

Qwertee is based at Qwertee, Block 3, Harcourt Road, Dublin, Ireland and their Company Number is 476522. Former lead guitarist Anthony Murch (who performed on The Waystone) brought the image theft to the attention of the band this morning when the product had been advertised to him.

The original album artwork by Silencer8 which was commissioned by Kaine for the album

Qwertee artist Noreu is claiming to have designed the artwork on their website. This has come as the new line-up of Kaine looks to celebrate the 5 year anniversary of the album with their own limited edition t-shirt release and EP. – https://kaine-metal.com/2019/06/19/kaine-to-record-the-waystone-e-p/

Kaine to record The Waystone E.P.

Yesterday in the fan group (can be found here) Rage announced the plan for a special E.P. to commemorate 5 years of The Waystone. The Waystone was the second album from Kaine and was a very popular release that still sells to this today.

For the five-year celebration of the album the current line-up will record a limited edition EP with 4 songs from the album plus one previously unreleased song from that era of the band. The CD will come bundled with a brand-new t-shirt and will be recorded later this year.

Rage said: “To commemorate the 5th anniversary of The Waystone we’ll be re-recording 4 of the tracks from the album along with a previously unreleased track sometime later this year. In order to be able to afford the recording of this E.P. and printing of the new shirt, we have put up a pre-order link to enable you to support the release before we start to record it. It’s just £10 for both the CD and the shirt with 10% off for all our members.

As you will be aware, we’re nearly finished with the new Kaine album, the new Kaine live album recorded back in April and have yet another live album planned to be recorded in November (tickets available from Bandcamp for just £3.) so we’re incredibly busy, we’ve even began writing new material for a follow up album to Reforge The Steel… so please bear with us while we put together all this material for you! It will be with you sooner than you may think…”

This project is entirely fan funded, so you can contribute by pre-ordering here. The CD/Shirt package is just £10 to pre-order from here. Every penny coming in will pay for the recording/production – you can pre order here.

Saxon Davids to return as guest for Scruffy Murphys show this Saturday

ScruffyPromo

Saxon will be rejoining Kaine on stage this Saturday at the bands free entry Scruffy Murphys show in Birmingham, fresh off his performance with Twisted Illusion at Manchester Academy. He will be joining the current line up to perform songs from The Waystone and A Crisis of Faith. Kaine will be joined by Midnight Prophecy and The Mighty Wraith.

Saxon Davids performed in Kaine between 2014 and 2018, first appearing on the bands tour with Mordred stepping in to fill in for Ant Murch on lead guitar. He then remained with the band as a five piece until 2016 when the band reverted back to being a four piece once more. He appears on the later pressings of The Waystone and wrote and recorded the most recent album A Crisis of Faith with the band before departing earlier this year.

Kaine recently released A Crisis of Faith live, the final release to feature Saxon on lead guitar which can be ordered from the shop link above.