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4.0 out of 5 stars sleeping with clive and geoff!, 19 Oct 2011
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R. Jordan "BURBAGEOLDBOY" (harborough) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sleeping With Demons (Audio CD)
First we must deal with the elephant in the corner of the room,and that is that this album sounds absolutely nothing like the old Black Widow of the early seventies.Nothing like Sacrifice,or any of the other 3 albums that followed,so if you are a fan of the new crop of occult revivalists whose favourite band wears Black Widow shirts you are not going to hear any of the folk and jazz influenced prog rock of that period.
To be fair what band could reform after 40 years with 2 original members and still sound the same?Answers on a(very small)postcard
What we have instead is a collection of songs in several different styles of rock with little sax and flute that featured so much on the early albums.Standout tracks are Hail Satan (featuring Tony Martin ex Black Sabbath)and Thats When Evil Touched Me,which is as catchy as Hell!In addition there is a Blues sung by original singer Kay Garret that actually sounds like Brian Auger and the Trinity or Steampacket (oops showed my age !) Of the rest despite a couple of clunky moments youll find quality Songwriting around a Raiders of the Lost Ark concept, and playing in the style of Purple/Heep/Dio/Floyd/Waters/Genesis/BCC.
Something for everyone then.As someone notorious once said "listen without prejudice" xxx
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4.0 out of 5 stars Back to the Sabbath, 1 Nov 2011
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Mr. H "Mr H" (Embra) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sleeping With Demons (Audio CD)
Me and Black Widow go back quite a way. Not as far back as their late sixties / early seventies heyday when their "Sacrifice" album actually bothered the charts off the back of some serious Satanic controversy. As well as nekkid ladies. Fast forward a few years and I was a regular at the Hard Rock Cafe rock disco in Embra. This is pre-global conglomerate status, so the lawyers can back off. No, this was a seedy club up the stairs at the Playhouse which used to play host to some classic NWOBHM gigs. But come the rock disco, me and a mate of mine would harangue the DJ until he played 'Come to The Sabbat'. Then we would loon dance mercilessly, while the rest of the crowd sighed and shook their heads. Drugs were involved. Just say no, kids.

Fast forward even further, and Black Widow are back! Replete with obligatory flute and an appearance from former Black Sabbath vocalist, Tony 'The Cat' Martin. Original members Clive Jones and Geoff Griffiths are present and correct, as is the obligatory prog / doom crossover sound that made them so interesting first time out. I'm delighted to report that bar some electronic bits and bobs, they've decided to ignore the last 40 years, and carry on where they left of.

It's all a bit mad, as it should be, but there are some cracking tunes, with the Tony Martin track 'Hail Satan' a great opener. For sure, things get a bit silly on 'Partytime For Demons', but with the super catchy 'Thats When Evil Touched Me' and the Satanic blues of 'Even The Devil Gets The Blues' featuring original singer Kay Garret more than making up for it, 'Sleeping With Demons' turns out to be a surprisingly enjoyable treat.

The progtastic 'Run For Your Life' is another gem, and when they crack up the guitars to eleven on the nursery rhymed 'Evil Clock', they even manage to pull off some metal. Good job, fellas.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Return of the Widow, 31 Dec 2011
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R. Butler - See all my reviews
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After all these years it is amazing to hear these guys again.It is an excellant album without having the originality of the early albums.As with all returns they go over old ground but it has a much more modern feel and overall well worth picking up.As they always say satan writes all the best songs!If you are new to the band check out the Sacrifice album.I saw them live in 1970 and they were amazing.
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