For a band that established themselves by holding mock Satanic rituals of nude women during their shows, you'd expect that the bold moves continually get bolder. The reverse is true for Black Widow who stormed onto the scene with such vengeance and infamy that even Black Sabbath tried to distance themselves from the satanic folk rock band.
While Black Widow's original effort owed a lot of its success to the crazy stage antics and unbelievable reputation of the band, the music was not only solid, but actually displayed great musicianship with beautiful rythyms, melodies, and arrangements. Of course you had your acoustic guitars, drums, and bass, but for an extra bit of attitude they added an organ, a flute, and a fiddle.
These songs would range from mellow and soulful to upbeat and even slightly deranged (at least as deranged as you could imagine a folk song).
Despite all of the fixings for an outstanding if not intriguing band, Black Widow's reputation backfired on them. Because of this they distanced themselves more and more from the image that they had initially built and by their 3rd release, simply entitled III, that image was more or less gone along with a few of the original band members.
III isn't a bad album by any means but it doesn't have that same fire that Sacrifice did which without a doubt, set them apart from anybody else at that time, folk band or not. III however could easily be mistaken for any other folk band out there.
The melodies aren't nearly as powerful or complex and the material never really has much of a punch.
For fans of Black Widow, III can easily be appreciated as another album by the notorious group without the ingredients that made them Black Widow.
Perhaps this album was done in order to make them more mainstream in which case, that backfired too. Either way, the album is good but doesn't match up to their previous efforts and signified that the end was near for a band that made quite a mark in the world of stage theatrics and imagery.