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Back to the Sabbath,
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.