Skip to content

Hivelords, Chrome Waves and Sadgiqacea @ Kung Fu Necktie.

August 16, 2012

Text by Chad Sims. Images by Shannon Ward.

Do you like your doom metal blackened?  If so, then Hivelords is your band.  This was the first time I have had the pleasure of seeing this band live, and already they are one of my favorite heavy bands from the area.

On Tuesday at Kung Fu Necktie, they blasted through a set of doom and black metal that would make the religious weep and goth bands reconsider their definitions of “dark.”  To give you an idea of what I am talking about even the singer has his own amplifier and effects box, which he lords over and hammers on like a fallen preacher.

This band is certainly not for the faint of heart, but if you are a fan of more extreme metal this band is so worth checking out.

Next up was the band I was there to check out, Chrome Waves.

Until recently I was not familiar with this band, but noticed that one of their primary members is Jeff Wilson who had played guitar on a couple of seminal black metal artist Nachtmystium’s albums.  Intrigued I checked out their Bandcamp and was surprised by what I heard.  Expecting something with more black metal influence, I was surprised when I heard amazing shoegaze sounds coming from my speakers.  Sure enough vocals are delivered in a black metal howl, but otherwise much of this music is brilliant atmospheric shoegaze.

Given that this was one of the bands first concerts there wasn’t a great turnout, and that is sad because I feel like there are probably a good number of people (not just metal fans) that would have enjoyed the set.

Finally, Sadgiqacea (pronounced sad-juh-kay-sha) rounded out the show.  I had been wanting to check these guys out, because I had heard good things and I am a fan of drummer Evan Pontell-Schaefer’s other band Ominous Black (who are playing August 19th at JR’s in South Philly).  Both bands are on the local label Anthropic Records.

The band is a two piece but don’t let the slim line-up fool you because they put out a massive sound.  Despite being unbelievably, heavy, doomy, sludge there is something catchy about their music.  The tune are not get stuck in your head all day bubble gum pop catchy, but it is almost impossible to not nod your head to the crushing riffs.

Although I already said this once in this review, I think Sadgiqacea are one of my new favorite local bands as well.

Sadgiqacea has a new full length coming out this fall on Anthropic, and the label is also putting out Hivelords album in the spring.  If you dig heavy tunes support these awesome local bands and label.

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: