This Canadian Progressive/Groove Metal unity is back in action with their breathtaking third full-length opus, fully inspired by the Wheel Of Time series.
Born out of the vast prairies and snowy peaks of Alberta, Canada, Red Cain are a modern Progressive/Groove Metal project with Eastern European roots currently formed of Evgeniy Zayarny on vocals, Samuel Ridout and Tyler Corbett on the guitars, Kalie Yan on bass and backing vocals, and Taylor Gibson on drums, offering intricate songwriting, powerful vocals, eerie soundscapes and strong electronic-backed groove in their music, therefore championing a fluid, dynamic, and unique style centered around telling dark, conceptual Faustian sagas and constructing those into an unforgettable live experience, described as “melancholy and rage”. Now in 2023 the band returns with their third full-length instalment, titled NÄ̈E’BLISS, following up on their 2021 album Kindred: Act II. Produced and written by the band itself, mixed by Tyler Corbett at Sole Audio, and mastered by Sacha Laskow at Perfect Filth Studios, the album is inspired by The Wheel Of Time series, being not only a homage to the legendary world of Robert Jordan’s fantasy epic with a grimdark edge, but also a foray into the reverse side of the Wheel of Time story, that of the forsaken antagonists, instruments of the great lord of the dark, and the brutal and captivating allure of letting chaos reign supreme.
The opening track Fisher King is absolutely imposing and grim, with Evgeniy powerfully declaiming the song’s epic lyrics (“Come, let me show you the Light / The way of the Leaf / And its final tortured cry / And saidin shall burn through your eyes / And all hope gives way, / For there’s no compromise”) in a thrilling start to the album, followed by Blight, a very atmospheric creation by the quintet with the savage riffs by Samuel and Tyler matching perfectly with the pounding drums by Taylor, not to mention the puissant Djent-inspired bass by Kalie. They continue their journey through progressive and epic lands in The Great Hunt, with Kalie and Taylor once again bringing the groove to their dense sound, whereas their Progressive Metal vein explodes in We Are Chaos, showcasing another amazing vocal performance by Evgeniy supported by the wicked instrumental by his bandmates, and of coruse by Kalie with her venomous growls.
Then we have the atmospheric and instrumental interlude Sightblinder, setting the tone for the gentle but still groovy tune The Man Who Can’t Forget (Part I), led by the poetic vocal performance by Evgeniy while Samuel and Tyler keep embellishing the airwaves with their classic riffs and solos, always supported by the intricate beats by Taylor, and flowing into the second part titled Crane of Malkier (Part II), where Kaile keeps kicking some ass with her metallic bass in a very emotional and multi-layered creation by the quintet (despite lasting for only two minutes in total). After that, featuring James Delbridge of Lycanthro as a guest vocalist, it’s time for the band to crush our senses with eight minutes of Progressive and Groove Metal infused with elements from Djent entitled Fires of Heaven, sounding very detailed, captivating and sinister from start to finish, with Samuel, Tyler and Kalie being on absolute fire until the very last second.
“We are all massive fantasy fans, and for us, Wheel of Time rubs shoulders with LOTR as a genre-defining epic fantasy series that started it all. The world of the Wheel is a brutal, compelling world with multitudes of fascinating characters, and we were particularly interested in exploring its more visceral aspects – an area which begs to be paired with heavy metal. We’ve seen some of our musical icons, like Blind Guardian, successfully go down this path, and it was magnificent to see new musical interpretations of those stories spun out by them – not to mention some bloody good fun. Now, it is our turn to ride forward in another turn of the Wheel,” commented the band about their new album, and you can support those Canadians by purchasing a copy of the album from their own BandCamp page or from Apple Music, and don’t forget to also follow the band on Facebook and on Instagram, to subscribe to their YouTube channel, and to stream all of their creations on Spotify. Red Cain continue their evolutionary path with NÄ̈E’BLISS, taking us all on a fantastic and metallic journey that will surely help them carve their name even deeper into the metal scene worldwide.
Best moments of the album: Fisher King, We Are Chaos and Fires of Heaven.
Worst moments of the album: The Great Hunt.
Released in 2023 Independent
1. Fisher King 5:35
2. Blight 6:37
3. The Great Hunt 4:09
4. We Are Chaos 4:55
5. Sightblinder 2:47
6. The Man Who Can’t Forget (Part I) 2:38
7. Crane of Malkier (Part II) 2:04
8. Fires of Heaven 8:02
Evgeniy Zayarny – vocals
Samuel Ridout – guitars
Tyler Corbett – guitars
Kalie Yan – bass, backing vocals
Taylor Gibson – drums
James Delbridge – vocals on “Fires of Heaven”