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Below is our complete Caina news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Back in 2005, Alcest released a two song EP called “Le Secret,” a gem that eventually would cause a stir in the hornet nest that is the black metal community. If you didn't gather by the title, Alcest is a French band, and one masterminded by front-man Neige. With a strong pedigree in the French black metal scene, Neige was a musician who not only came forward in the 00s with multiple acts in Alcest and Amesoeurs, but also made contributions to essential French albums from the likes of Mortifera and Peste Noire. While Norway and the adjacent Scandinavian realms are often thought of as the wintery fortress of black metal, the French have long held their own with a melancholic and melodic take on the genre including the infamous Les Légions Noires whom you can read about in a previous Metal Underground Sunday Old School article.
So, what was so special about Neige’s little two song EP? Well for one it wasn’t little at all. It was nearly 30 minutes long and an infusion of 90s shoegaze, post-rock, and perfectly distilled black metal. More...
Caina has checked in with the following update about the recording process for the band's new album:
"I've recently been neglecting my email/comment/message/interview duties for a variety of reasons, but all seem to be along the same lines, so rather than looking like an ignorant bastard for not replying, I thought I'd post some quick responses to the most frequently asked questions here.
Q. When is the album coming out?
A. When it's finished. The principle recording is finished, and I am waiting for the final guest tracks to come in, whereupon the album will be mixed and sent for mastering. The ETA is ...soon.
Q. Which label will it be released on?
A. As usual, Canada's ground-breaking and beloved Profound Lore Records.
Q. I hear other people are on the album - who?
A. The guest artists on Hands that Pluck will be (in alphabetical order) my brother Jon Curtis-Brignell on bass, Neill Jameson (Imperial) of Krieg, Rennie Resmini of Starkweather and Chris Ross of Revenge/Blood Revolt/Axis of Advance - all on vocals. More...
One of the U.K.'s most promising extreme music prodigies, CAÏNA mastermind Andrew Curtis-Brignell, has issued the following update:
"Work on the next album continues apace — I'd estimate that I'm about 65% done. I can confidently say that it's easily going to be the best CAÏNA material to date, including the EPs that come out before it (not that they're shite, or anything though, haha)."
"Speaking of which, my track for the split with Portuegese kings of doom PROCESS OF GUILT is coming along nicely, although I'm late with it (sorry guys!). It's due out on 10" vinyl format through Major Label Industries very soon, and if you liked 'The Heart of the Master', then you'll hopefully like this, as it returns to some of the musical themes explored on that release, but ups the ante considerably. I'm currently mixing the main instrument tracks in preparation for the vocal recording, and hope to have it finished next week. PROCESS OF GUILT will be presenting you with a THIS EMPTY FLOW (cult '90s Finnish shoegaze act from the people who brought you THERGOTHON) cover on their side." More...
One of the UK’s most promising extreme music prodigies, CA?NA mastermind Andrew Curtis-Brignell, has completed his sophomore album, “Mourner".
Following up his “Some People Fall” debut (which was preceded by two demo tapes released via Drakkar), where Brignell’s bizarre take on raw uneasy avant-garde black metal, which also dabbled within post-rock and shoegaze, took listeners for quite the trip, “Mourner” will present that much more of a challenging venture to undertake. More experimental, surreal, and uneasy, yet more dreamy, going further into the beyond, “Mourner” is an oppressive and challenging listening experience that we are proud to deliver. Still having certain characteristics of its predecessor, “Mourner” sees Brignell continue to tread disjointed black metal ground, but now plays more with his sound palette by incorporating more sounds of 4AD post-rock, shoegaze, neo-folk, acoustic sing-along, and drone into this diverse mix.
The tracklisting for “Mourner” goes as follows:
1. Waves Engulf a Pier
2. Hideous Gnosis
3. The Sleep of Reason
4. Constantine the Blind
5. I Reeled in Heaven
7. Requiem for Shattered Timbers
ii)Arc of Piss
8. Permaneo Carmen
9. Wormwood Over Albion
Look for “Mourner” to be released sometime late June.
In the meantime, you can check out a sample of ‘Hideous Gnosis’ (along with other Ca?na samples) at Brignell’s myspace page.