Calgary, Canada’s Red Cain will be continuing their “Kindred” saga with the release of “Kindred: Act II” this coming October to follow their debut album’s “Kindred Act: I”, which the band is proud to announce has been nominated for a YYC Music Award for Metal Recording The Year for the single “Juliet” ft. Daniel Louden of Benevolent Like Quietus.
The band was nominated alongside Gone Cosmic, Hyperia, Illyrian, and Metavore. A full list of nominees can be found here. In keeping with social distancing guidelines, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to ensure the community stays safe and healthy, the YYC Music Awards are making plans to move this year’s gala to an online, streaming format, on September 20, 2020. More info at https://yycmusicawards.com.
2020 – YYCMA Metal Recording of The Year:
Gone Cosmic – “Sideways In Time”
HYPERIA – “Insanitorium”
Illyrian – “The Entity, Unknown”
METAVORE – “Becoming”
Red Cain – “JULIET [feat. Daniel Louden]”
The band comments on their nomination:
“We are extremely honoured to be nominated for the YYCMA Metal Recording of the Year for the 3rd time with our track “Juliet [feat. Daniel Louden]”. This was a favourite song of ours to write – a goth rock anthem that in many ways highlights our sound – and it became quite the collaboration. We invited Daniel Louden of Calgary band Benevolent Like Quietus to sing alongside our vocalist Evgeniy Zayarny, and first featured Tyler Corbett (on bass from our good friends Osyron) – who has taken up the lead guitar and production duties on our upcoming album “Kindred: ACT II”. We also worked with Calgary director and friend Rik Zak to film our “Juliet” music film, which has to date won 7 international awards.
This song was truly hosted by a cornucopia of local talent. We can’t thank enough the wonderful organizers of the YYC Music Awards, who’ve made this the premier music event in Calgary, but also all the local bands, musicians, journalists, venues – everyone involved with the Calgary and Canadian music scene. It’s difficult terrain right now, but celebrating each other’s achievements and pushing on is how all great stories are written. And we are extremely proud that our own musical stories resonated enough within the scene to land us this nomination in 2020.”
Described as a vehicle of “Melancholy and Rage”, Red Cain recently unleashed two brand-new singles from their forthcoming album “Kindred: Act II” due out this October. The album continues the story of the warrior Zalcoatl and combines ancient myths and stories with a commentary on how these exist and apply in modern society.
The first single, “Sunshine (Blood Sun Empire)” is a djenty, aggressive, and thrashy Aztec-influenced concept track in the vein of Mastodon, detailing the protagonist Zalcoatl’s descent into an alien ziggurat. The second single, “Demons” is a demonic ritual and goth rock tour de force, it’s heavy, catchy, laden with a gothic drawl, dark lyrics, and electronic influences, the bastard child of Charon, Sisters of Mercy, and Lord of the Lost.
Described as a vehicle of “Melancholy and Rage” and born out of the emerging music scene of Alberta, Canada, 2017 YYC Awards Metal Recording of the Year winner Red Cain is a power/progressive metal project with Russian roots. With intricate songwriting, a heavy yet melodic feel reminiscent of progressive acts, and elements of Slavic myth and Russian paganism in the storytelling tradition of the cult of Veles, Red Cain champion a fluid, dynamic, and unique musical style centered around telling dark, conceptual Faustian sagas and constructing those into an unforgettable live experience.
Stated by frontman Evgeniy Zayarny as wanting to bring back the “Devil’s music” mysticism all too often missing in modern metal acts, Red Cain delivers flair, groove, and an intricate, lethal edge in their music. Listeners might well pick out elements reminiscent of such luminary acts as Kamelot, Symphony X, Tesseract, Amaranthe, Alter Bridge – whipped into a venomous new shape. The current incarnation of the band is all of these influences mixed with a lot of vodka and Eastern European melancholy, shaken and stirred.
Red Cain released its debut self-titled EP in November 2016 to rave reviews from a variety of publications such as Dead Rhetoric, MetalUnderground, and Firewind magazine, among many others. Red Cain’s EP had the honour of winning Metal Recording of the Year at the 2017 YYC Music Awards. The band has a strong emerging fanbase around the world, being named one of the top 200 bands of 2016 by Headbangers Latinoamerica and the EP’s cover art selected as one of 2016’s 15 best by Metal Underground.
Red Cain’s first full-length album “Kindred: Act I” was released March 2019 to a variety of excellent reviews internationally, reaching #1 on Canadian Earshot Loud charts and establishing the band as a force in the Canadian metal scene, and landing the band a distribution deal with European label Sliptrick Records. A variety of festival appearances at Loud As Hell Metal Festival, Hyperspace Metal Festival, and Canada Wacken Competition have served to cement that status. Red Cain’s music videos for “JULIET” and “ZERO” have to date garnered 11 international film festival awards, including the Music Video Award at the Accolade Global Film Competition (LA). The band aims to deliver its follow-up to “Kindred: Act I” in 2020.