Kaine – A Crisis of Faith

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KAINE
A CRISIS OF FAITH
SELF RELEASED
8 out of 10
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King

When I hear the name Kaine, I always think of them as a new band just starting out, full of young guys wanting to make their mark on the metal scene. Now, while the “wanting to make their mark” bit is true, the band, itself, has been around since 2009.

Hailing from East Anglia, Kaine is a four-piece set up with influences from bands such as Iron Maiden and Saxon, which they have mixed with the thrash element I so love and have produced a fresh take on an older genre. Their site states they “combine traditional / NWOBHM with thrash / speed metal” and, despite not being the biggest NWOBHM fan, as you will have come to know by now, this is a combination that I have grown to love.

So, for those of you who don’t know much about the band, and if you don’t where have you been for the past nine years, let me tell you of some of their achievements so far.

They have supported some of the biggest names in current heavy metal, such as Alestorm, Evil Scarecrow, Savage Messiah, I-AM-I (which features ex-Dragonforce and current Skid Row singer ZP Theart), The Wild Lies and Absolva (a band that features members of Iced Earth!) and they have also shared the stage with legends such as Diamond Head, Praying Mantis, Tygers of Pan-Tang, Grave Digger, Holocaust, Lawnmower Deth, Annihilated, Tytan (ex-Angel Witch) and Onslaught.

On top of this, they were also voted GMA Breakthrough UK band of 2013 and in 2017, the band’s website was recognised as the 87th top metal blog in the world by Feedspot.

So, what does this band have to offer? Well, in my opinion, absolutely everything! With four fantastic musicians, excellent song writing abilities and a work ethic that’s second to none, this band should be bigger than what they are!

A Crisis of Faith is the band’s third album, officially released on February 1st, 2018, and having reviewed the previous one, The Waystone, I can see how they have grown as a band. I stated in my review then that they had “taken a great, big pot, thrown in some traditional heavy metal and a handful of NWOBHM, while adding a bit of thrash and a pinch of prog.” This album takes it all to the next level and feels a lot more ‘proggy’ to me than the last. This, however, doesn’t take away from the heavy crunching riffs and pounding drums that are still present, but it does show just what this bunch of guys can do.

I have always been an admirer of vocals that stand out from the rest, because let’s face it, who wants to listen to a band whose singer sounds just like any other band? And that, for me, is one of the things that makes this band a bit different to the rest. Rage Sadler’s vocals are somewhat quirky and will maybe not appeal to everyone, but I think they add character to the band. And he can actually sing, a trait that not too many bands deem important these days!

The other thing that stood out on this album for me was the bass playing. Being mum to a budding bass player I am starting to notice the bass lines in songs more and more now but the playing on this album just blew me away. I have seen Kaine live a few times with Stephen Ellis on bass now and he is simply a phenomenon.  I never knew bass player’s fingers could move so fast! And with Saxon Davids on guitar (what a player!) and Chris MacKinnon on drums (and a lot of other stuff!! Versatility, now that’s the name of the game) these guys are everything a band should be!

Stand out songs for me were Fall of Jericho (check out the bass!) which I think is a favourite among a lot of other fans too, and Alone (In My Forgotten Rage) although I don’t think there is a bad song on the album.

I know that the music of Kaine doesn’t appeal to everyone, but I think they have been overlooked by a lot of people. They work extremely hard and endure personal hardships to do what they do, and, for this, I think they should be applauded. If you give just one unsigned band you may have discounted a listen, then let it be this band!

Get yourself a copy of A Crisis of Faith (and at just a couple of quid they are a steal) and see for yourself!

 

Note: Since the recording of this album, drummer Chris Mackinnon has announced he is leaving the band. While this is a mighty blow for the band, here at Ever Metal we appreciate Chris has his own reasons for doing this. We would like to wish him all the very best for his future musical endeavours and hope he achieves what he is looking for.

We would also like to wish incoming replacement Liam Etheridge the best of luck with Kaine and look forward to many more years of music from a great bunch of guys.

On the 3rd May 2018, it was also announced that guitarist, Saxon Davids and bassist Stephen Ellis, were also leaving the band. We at Ever Metal would like to wish them both the very best in what they choose to do and we also hope Rage Sadler can salvage the band and come back bigger than ever!

 

TRACK LISTING

  • 1 Heaven’s Abandonment
  • 2 Fall of Jericho
  • 3 A Night Meets Death
  • 4 Crisis of Faith
  • 5 Afterlife
  • 6 Frailty of the Blade
  • 7 Voice in Hell
  • 8 Behind the Preacher’s Eyes
  • 9 The Mind is Willing
  • 10 Alone (In My Forgotten Rage)

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • https://kaine-metal.com/
  • https://kaine.bandcamp.com/
  • https://en-gb.facebook.com/kaineband/
  • https://www.instagram.com/kaineband/

 

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Chasing Ghosts – These Hollow Gods

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Chasing Ghosts- These Hollow Gods (2018)
Mighty Music
Release Date: 9th February 2018
Running Time: 38.58
Reviewer Tsarina Wilson
8/10

This band was formed by Lee Brueton and were influenced by bands such as Paradise, Lost, Moonspell, and, as a personal opinion, I can hear some London After Midnight, with its dark rock, moody yet clean and unhindered.

The band are made up of Nelson Cancini (vocals), Lee Brueton (bass/synth), Ashley Clark (rhythm guitar) and Harry Mitten (lead guitar). They guys were brought together to produce honest and unrelenting rock music. They were winners of Ubeat “Rock Act of the Year” 2016, which is one of the most celebrated emerging music awards. Drums on this album were provided by Gary Fuller.

This album was recorded by “Enter Shikari” engineer, Tim Morris, and has aired on over 50 radio stations worldwide. The track ‘Fallen From Grace’ became the band’s first official video featuring Pixie Le Knot, actress and contortionist from Game of Thrones, and it debuted on Amp’d TV, hosted by Kerrang’s very own Johnny Doom.

Chasing Ghosts have played at venues including The Camden Assembly, Proud Camden, The Craufurd Arms, and headlined the O2 Academy 2 in Liverpool. A European tour is planned for 2018 to coincide with their album launch in Copenhagen and festival dates are to be announced soon.

The title track was written about our role models, idiots and those we ultimately view as gods in family, religion, music and amongst celebrities. Those people we have devoted our lives to but have given nothing but false hope and disappointment back. Everyone has a “hollow god”.

The guitar riffs are sometimes almost haunting, the songs are lyrically very deep, dark and angry yet trying to get a message across and every element of this album, from the art work, production and mixing has been created by the band with no compromise. The songs are the result of blood, sweat and tears; hard work that has very obviously paid off. There are no gimmicks and no razzle dazzle, just pure hard raw rock with a story to tell. We all have dark days, loss in our lives, sadness and pain and times when we feel we are very alone, but this band have shown, in their own way, that we are not, others are there for us, and things can be turned around.

Don’t think just because the songs are quite dark that it’s all doom and gloom. This band really is great listening and, with the title track These Hollow Gods, it really makes you think of those people we put way up on a pedestal and give everything to but get nothing in return. The lyric “at what cost they came to us these hollow gods in which we trust” says it all.

The energy these guys have put into the whole package is just amazing and with the dark rock/goth tones they are well worth going to see. They are very much a dark night, candles on, just float off listening to some decent music, kind of band. They are not to everyone’s taste, but they are very refreshing in this day and age of plastic music that all sounds the same. These guys definitely don’t and that is yet another plus to them.

TRACK LISTING

  • Everything Changes
  • This Fear
  • From Depravity
  • These Hollow Gods
  • Dark Skies
  • Fearless
  • Fallen From Grace
  • One Last Try

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • www.facebook.com/Cghostsmusic
  • www.chasingghosts.co.uk/
  • http://mightymusic.dk/artists/chasing-ghosts/
  • https://twitter.com/chasingghostsau?lang=en
  • https://tunein.com/artist/Chasing-Ghosts-m1048121/?autoplay=true

 

 

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Cats in Space – Scarecrow

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Cats In Space-Scarecrow (2017)
Solid Music Management
Running Time 40.42
Release August 25th, 2017
Reviewer Tsarina Wilson
9/10

Here is a brilliant album, full of great harmonies and some great lyrics, my favourite of which, has to be “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” as that has always been my mantra in life.

This 70’s inspired band are definitely not a novelty band, as the title of the album or their name could suggest. These guys mean business and, after their debut album ‘Too Many Gods’, they have come back with this cracking album, including tracks like ‘September Rain’ and ‘Broken Wing’, which has some great riffs.

When you listen to this album you can notice influences such as ELO, Queen and T-Rex, and that’s probably due to the experience they have had from playing with others in the past. Paul Manzi, lead vocals, has played with The Sweet. Greg Hart, guitarist, vocals, songwriter and founder of the Cats, has played with Mike Oldfield. Dean Howard, guitarist, has travelled with bands like T’Pau and Jeff Brown, bass player and vocalist for 15 years with the legendary band The Sweet. Steevi Bacon, drummer and percussion, has played with the UK T-Rex show “Too Rex” while also drumming and working with ‘Queen’ producer, David Richards, in the ‘Heaven & Earth Band’ and Andy Stewart, the final member of the band, plays piano and synthesizers.

The band wowed crowds on legendary UK rockers Thunder’s sell out tour in 2017, they have had their own sell out tour and have already arranged future gigs. I can only imagine there will be more people wowed by this band as they are just as good live as on record.

There is nothing to dislike about this album, it’s rocky, it’s good listening and it’s fun. Imagine a hot summer’s day, windows down in the car and this playing full blast on the stereo. It’s an upbeat, good vibe album, and the track ‘Felix and The Golden Sun’ will have you singing along at the top of your voice. This band could have their music featured on the end credits to a movie, the kind where you watch the film and keep listening to the very end!!

This album has the most amazing harmonies, which then progress into some brilliant rock on tracks like ‘Timebomb.’ This band just has it all, brilliant drumming, ace lyrics, brilliant guitar riffs and vocals you can actually hear but with a little added cheekiness. They are definitely on my bucket list to see, and I absolutely LOVE the album cover, it’s just brilliant and if it’s not on a t-shirt, I wanna know why….!!!?

Track Listing

  • 1, Jupiter Calling.
  • 2, The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.
  • 3, Clown in Your Nightmare.
  • 4, Scars.
  • 5, September Rain.
  • 6, Broken Wing.
  • 7, Two Fifty Nine.
  • 8, Felix & The Golden Sun.
  • 9, Time Bomb.
  • 10, Scarecrow.

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • http://www.catsinspace.co.uk/
  • https://en-gb.facebook.com/catsinspaceband/
  • https://www.deezer.com/en/artist/8828172?autoplay=true
  • https://tunein.com/artist/Cats-in-Space-m1101522/?autoplay=true

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