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Hivebane ‘Prologue’ Self Released October 31, 2018 By Nina McCarthy, Sr. Music Journalist Boston Rock Radio



Self Released

October 31, 2018

By Nina McCarthy, Sr. Music Journalist

Boston Rock Radio



No one can deny the universal appeal of an unplugged tune. When I am under the influence of music, I am transported into the feeling of which the musician was feeling at the time they wrote the particular song. This was especially true when I listened to this acoustic EP by Springfield, Massachusett’s own Hivebane.


Hivebane consists of Sage King and Anthony John, who got together to write based on their very similar music interests. On this album, Sage does the lead vocals and Anthony plays all the instruments and sings backup, with them both share equally in the writing (music and lyrics) process. Interestingly enough, I met Sage (two nights in a row) seeing Austin John Winkler (former Hinder vocalist) back in 2017. Not knowing he was a musician, to my surprise, the second night Hivebane actually opened the show for Winkler, full band, electric at the show in Stafford Springs, CT. I immediately became enamored with his voice and followed his musical endeavors online, including his solo acoustic work. I also knew Anthony from another rock band, Gaiah, which I was a fan of, and was excited to see what these two created together. Running into them at a show in Hartford, CT was my chance to finally get their EP in hand.


Hivebane’s debut EP, ‘Prologue,’ includes three original songs and a Mötley Crüe cover. The first few notes of the opening track “Like Love” brought to mind an acoustic version of Audioslave’s “Through The Glass” and I knew this was going to be good. I mentioned previously that I already enjoyed Sage’s vocals, however, that is an understatement. I honestly think he has the voice of an angel. I can’t help but lose myself in the lyrics, “It feels like love, but it’s not enough, so I just walk away…” which is certainly a situation we can all appreciate. This song picks up a little near the end and gets my head bobbing. After a few listens I have this song memorized and find myself walking around singing it throughout the day.  A true sign of a good song.


“Shed My Skin” is a song about avoiding one’s own destiny and easily becomes my favorite. Being the longest song, at 3 minutes and 35 seconds, the instrumentation is simple, yet masterful.  Sage’s voice is soft and smooth, yet rises to hit high notes with impressive ease.  I could listen to him sing all day.


The third track “Serenity” is a prayerful song that we could all find ourselves waking up and singing before we start our day. Sage begs the Lord to give him “the strength to carry on and the serenity of one more peaceful day.” Whether we suffer from addiction, depression, anxiety, or just the stress from the injustice in the world, this song will pull at your heart strings and may become your new morning prayer.


The disc concludes with a cover of Mötley Crüe’s “Live Wire” from 1981. Embarrassingly enough, at first listen I didn’t even make that connection, not because it was a bad cover, because I loved it as much as the previous three songs, but because it sounded so different acoustically. Thinking back, I remembered Sixx A.M. (side project of Nikki Sixx, Crüe’s bassist) did an acoustic cover of this song that I was not that impressed with. Although a beautiful song, I think it was just too slow for my liking. However, Hivebane used the perfect tempo and so masterfully did this cover that I think Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx would even be proud of it.


How many ways can I say I love ‘Prologue’? The lyrics are clean and thought provoking, the guitar riffs scintillating, and the percussion is captivating. I encourage everyone to take a listen...yes, even you metalheads, who I know have an appreciation for acoustic music. It is a nice mental escape each time I listen, which has been many, many times. I’m now kicking myself for not getting out to see these guys live more often, which will change. Stay tuned for an electric full band LP coming next from Hivebane. I know I will be eagerly awaiting it. In the meantime, you can find their music on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, etc. or go to a live show and get your very own CD.




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